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Murray State Remembers Hall of Fame Pitcher George Dugan

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 Murray State Remembers Hall of Fame Pitcher George Dugan

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George Dugan Services Announced In collegiate athletics every school has generational student-athletes that excelled above all others.That is certainly true in the history of Murray State Baseball when it comes to the career of lefty pitcher George Dugan who starred for the Thoroughbreds from 1962-65.Dugan, passed away Feb.

16, 2022 at the age of 78 at his home in Golconda, Illinois. He was born Nov. 8, 1943.As one of the first great players to compete at Murray State under legendary coach Johnny Reagan, George Dugan's career stood the test of time. Dugan, a native of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was one of the top pitchers in thenation when he played for the Breds' from 1962-65.Inducted into the Murray State Hall of Fame in 1977, Dugan helped the Racers to three Ohio Valley Conference championships in 1963, 1964 and 1965.

During this time, the Breds' also won two OVC Tournament titles. Dugan was a four-time All-OVC selection and was named OVC Pitcher of the Year in three-straight seasons in 1963, 1964 and 1965.Finishing his career in 1965, Dugan held every pitching record at Murray State and many he still holds including the all-time strikeouts mark at 343.

Dugan was so dominant that his strikeout total is 111 more than second place David Gourieux (1966-69), who is a MSU Hall of Famer in his own right. Dugan had 24 complete games, nine shutouts, 14 strikeouts per 9-innings and most consecutive wins at nine in a row. He still owns the MSU career Earned Run Average at 1.03.

Dugan was part of an amazing day in 1965 when he teamed with Jerry Anderson to toss a doubleheader no-hitter against Austin Peay on April 20, 1965. He also had four one-hitters and four two-hitters at MSU. He led the nation in 1963 with an ERA of 0.29 in 63 innings of work as we won all nine of his starts.Dugan was drafted by the California Angels in the 19th round of the 1965 Major League Baseball draft.

He played three seasons of minor league ball in Quad Cities (Class A) and El Paso (Class AA). In three seasons, he appeared in 46 games and recorded 10 wins with an ERA of 3.50 in 167 innings with 164 strikeouts.Even though he never reached the big leagues, George Dugan was known for having an amazing arm.

His name came up on Aug. 6, 1993 on an Atlanta Braves broadcast on WTBS. While Don Sutton was calling the game between the Braves and Montreal Expos, another Murray State star, Kirk Rueter, was in his rookie season. Sutton said of Rueter, "Did you say he (Kirk Reuter) was from Murray State? That's a great baseball school up in Kentucky.

One of the best little left-handers I ever saw that didn't get to pitch in the big leagues was George Dugan. He pitched just like Whitey Ford." Services for George Dugan will be held at Aly Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 20 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m., when a funeral service begins.

Located on 1099 State Hwy 145 North, Eddyville, IL 62928 . The phone number for Aly is (618) 672-4222. Memorials may be made to: Murray State Baseball.Located in Murray, Kentucky, the athletics department of Murray State University is a NCAA Division I member and plays in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The Racers have 15 programs including men's teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, football and golf and women's teams for basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball, as well as a mixed gender rifle team. The Racers are a charter member of the Ohio Valley Conference and are currently one of just two original members from the conference's first season in 1948.

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