University of North Dakota

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The University of North Dakota sponsored baseball in 1889, 1893-1916, 1920, and from 1956 to 2016. The school is a full member of the Big Sky Conference, which does not sponsor baseball.

The "Fighting Sioux" nickname and mascot has been a source of debate for many years at North Dakota. The school even sued the NCAA over the right to use it. settlement was reached in which the school was allowed to keep the nickname if it gained approval from the state's Sioux tribes. One tribe voted to allow the usage, while the other tribe never voted on the issue. The state then passed a law mandating the use of the Sioux mascot. The law was then repealed in a vote in June 2012, paving way for the retirement of the mascot [1].

The University announced that it was cutting its baseball program after the 2015-2016 school year [2]. Zach Muckenhirn, who played in the program's final season, was both the highest ever draftee from the school, as an 11th-round pick in the 2016 amateur draft, and its first alumnus to reach the major leagues; given that they had dropped baseball seven years prior to his debut, he might also be the last.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Tom Miller: "Seven years after cutting baseball, UND has its first Major League player in Muckenhirn", Grand Forks Herald, May 1, 2023. [3]