Steve Anson (1973-76; Mishawaka, Ind.): Four-year starter as a first baseman and outfielder for the Wildcats from 1973-76... Named first team All-Big Eight Conference as an outfielder in 1974... Ranks among Kansas State's Top 10 in six career categories, including at-bats (579), batting average (.349), hits (202), RBI (124), triples (19) and total bases (325)... Owns the career mark for triples with 19 in his four-year career... Led the team in hits and batting average each of his four seasons as a Wildcat... Posted an impressive senior year in 1976, hitting a team-high .356 in 54 games with team-bests in runs (45), hits (62), 2B (11), 3B (six) and RBI (48).
Elden Auker (1930-32; Norcatur, Kan.): One of the greatest athletes in Kansas State history... Played football, basketball and baseball at KSU in the late 1920s and early 1930s and was selected as an All-American in all three sports... Upon graduation, he had offers to play both professional football and baseball, but chose baseball where he embarked on a 10-year major league career... Played with three different teams in his major league career, including the Detroit Tigers (1933-38), Boston Red Sox (1939) and St. Louis Cardinals (1940-42)... Saw action in 333 games in his major league career with 261 starts... Compiled a 130-101 career pitching record and 4.42 ERA with 126 complete games and 594 strikeouts in 1,963.1 innings pitched... Struck out the legendary Babe Ruth on four pitches in his first visit to venerable Yankee Stadium in New York... Elected to numerous Halls of Fame, including the state of Kansas and the inaugural Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame class in 1990... Named to Sports Illustrated's Top 50 greatest sports figures of the century in the state of KS... Auker passed away in Vero Beach, Fla., in 2006.
David Chadd (1987-88; Wichita, Kan.): Two-year starter at first base for the Wildcats from 1987-88... Named second team All-America by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America in 1988... First All-American at Kansas State for current head coach Mike Clark...Earned first team All-Big Eight Conference honors in 1988... Owns the Kansas State career record for batting average with a .388 mark... Ranks among the school's Top 10 in four single-season records, including batting average (.418), hits (84), runs (66) and home runs (11)... Led the team his senior season in hits (84), runs (66), average (.418), while ranking second in doubles (18) and home runs (11)... Transferred from Barton County (Kan.) Community College in 1987... Currently a scout for the Boston Red Sox.
Cary Colbert (1982-84; Manhattan, Kan.): Two-year starting catcher, outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter for the Wildcats from 1982-84... Became K-State's first All-Big Eight Conference selection in more than six years when he was named to the league's first team in 1984... Ranks among KSU's Top 10 in career batting average (.371), home runs (24) and RBI (130)... Also places among the school's Top 10 in single-season batting average (.403), RBI (62), home runs (11) and total bases (120)... Led the team each of his three seasons in home runs and RBI... Turned in a nice senior season primarily as a designated hitter, leading the team in runs (27), hits (37), average (.346), RBI (41) and HR (nine).
Sean Collins (1988-89; Venice, Calif.): Two-year starter as a second baseman and outfielder for the Wildcats from 1988-89...Named honorable mention All-America in 1989... Earned first team All-Big Eight Conference honors as an outfielder in 1989... Selected honorable mention All-Big Eight Conference in 1988 as a second baseman... Ranks third in career stolen bases in K-State history with 54 successful attempts, while he places seventh in career batting average with a .356 mark... Ranks third in school history in single-season runs with 64 and stolen bases with 33... His best season as a Wildcats came in 1989 when he posted a .361 batting average with a team-high 52 runs on 53 hits... Also tallied 33 RBI and a team-best seven home runs in 1989... Transferred from El Camino (Calif.) Community College in 1988... Drafted in the 13th round by the Kansas City Royals in 1989.
Bill Droege (1969-72; St. Louis, Mo.): Three-year starter as an outfielder for the Wildcats from 1969-72... Earned first team All-Big Eight Conference honors as a junior and senior at Kansas State in 1971 and 1972... Posted his finest season as a junior, leading the team with a .373 batting average as well as 30 RBI, six doubles and four triples in 1971... Ranked second on the 1971 team in hits (41), runs (24) and home runs (three)... Led the team as a senior in RBI (28) and triples (four), while he ranked second in hits (36) and runs (20)... Drafted in the eighth round by the Chicago Cubs in 1972.
David Hierholzer (1988-90; Overland Park, Kan.): Three-year starting pitcher for the Wildcats from 1988-90... Earned first team All-Big Eight Conference honors as a starting pitcher in 1989 and 1990... Ranks fourth in school history in career strikeouts (192), sixth in wins (15) and seventh in innings pitched (217.1)... Appeared in 43 games for KSU in his career with 28 starts,13 complete games and two saves... Had an impressive senior campaign for the Wildcats in 1990, posting a 3.13 ERA and 7-5 record in 15 games with eight complete games... Led the 1990 team in game starts (14), wins (seven), ERA (3.13), complete games (eight), innings pitched (97.1) and strikeouts (90)... Transferred from Johnson County (Kan.) Community College in 1988... Signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals in 1990.
Bill Huisman (1969-70; Goldfield, Iowa): Two-year starter at second base for the Wildcats from 1969-70... Named first team All-Big Eight Conference in both 1969 and 1970... Led the 1969 team in four categories, including hits (44), runs (32), doubles (nine) and triples (four), while he ranked second in average (.386) and home runs (four)... Dropped off offensively as a senior, but still produced a .278 batting average with 18 runs on 37 hits and 12 RBI and six doubles... Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 1974.
Wade Johnson (1965-67; Salina, Kan.): Two-year starting pitcher for the Wildcats from 1965-67... Ranks second in school history in career ERA with a 2.25 average... Owns the school's single-season record for ERA with a 1.09 average in 1966... Saw action in 27 games on the mound in his K-State career with an 11-10 record and 111 strikeouts... Had a remarkable junior season in 1966, posting a 6-2 record and 1.09 ERA with 55 K in 10 games... Allowed just eight earned runs (21 total runs) and issued just 18 BB in 66.1 IP.
Matt Koeman (1995-96; Grand Junction, Colo.): Two-year starting pitcher for the Wildcats from 1995-96... Earned first All-Big Eight Conference honors as a starting pitcher in 1995 and 1996... Tied for eighth in school history in career wins (13) and ninth in strikeouts (155)... Named to the 1995 Big Eight Conference All-Tournament Team after tossing a one-run, three-hit complete game victory over nationally-ranked and No. 2-seeded Oklahoma State in an 8-1 Kansas State win... He struck out six Cowboy batters... Appeared in 28 games for KSU in his career with 25 starts and three complete games... Posted a strong senior campaign, compiling a 7-5 record and 4.90 ERA in 104.2 innings pitched with 84 strikeouts... Earned Big Eight Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after he tossed a two-hit complete game in a 7-1 win over defending NCAA champion Oklahoma on April 4, 1995... Led the Big Eight Conference in 1995 in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.51... Transferred from Barton County (Kan.) Community College after a one-year stint... Drafted in the 30th round by Cleveland in 1996.
Greg Korbe (1975-78; Hays, Kan.): Three-year starter as an outfielder for the Wildcats from 1975-78... Twice selected as a first team All-Big Eight Conference honoree in 1977 and 1978... Ranks among the school's Top 10 in seven career categories, including at-bats (633), hits (218), runs (150), RBI (135), doubles (39), home runs (23) and total bases (338)... Places seventh on K-State's single-season list for batting average with a .406 mark in 1977... Led the team in runs, hits and doubles in his junior and senior seasons... Posted an impressive junior campaign, leading the team in hits (67), runs (39), average (.406), RBI (36), doubles (16) and home runs (nine)... Drafted in the 18th round by the Cincinnati Reds in 1977 before opting to return to K-State for his senior season... Put up good numbers as a senior, leading the team in hits (57), runs (44), and doubles (eight), while ranking second in average (.348), RBI (32) and home runs (five)... Drafted in the 26th round by the New York Mets in 1978.
Scott Poepard (1994-97; Forest Lake, Minn.): Four-year starter at second base and designated hitter for the Wildcats from 1994-97... Selected three times to the all-conference team... Earned first team All-Big Eight honors in 1995 and honorable all-conference accolades in 1996 as a second baseman... Selected second team All-Big 12 by the conference coaches and Dallas Morning News in 1997... Owns the Kansas State career records for at-bats (855), hits (284), RBI (204), doubles (61), home runs (37) and total bases (468)... Also owns season records for doubles (23) and home runs (16)... Named to the 1995 Big Eight Conference All-Tournament team... Finished among the team leaders in several offensive categories his senior season as his 16 home runs tied him for the team lead with teammate Heath Schesser, while his at-bat (230), hit (90), RBI (70), and total base (161) numbers were second-best single totals ever by a Kansas State slugger... Named the first Big 12 Player of the Week on Feb. 17 for his accomplishments at the Arlington Morning News Invitational... Also earned Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors on May 5, 1997... Signed as a free agent by Minnesota in 1997.
Ted Power (1974-76; Abilene, Kan.): Two-year starting pitcher for the Wildcats from 1974-76... Holds the Kansas State single-season record for strikeouts with 99... Saw action in 21 games in his K-State career with 19 starts and 12 complete games... Posted a 10-8 career pitching record in 117.1 innings pitched with 148 strikeouts... Rebounded from an injury-plagued junior season for a solid senior campaign in 1976... Compiled a 6-5 pitching record and 2.34 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched his senior year in 11 starts with eight complete games... Played for eight different teams in his 13-year major league career, including Los Angeles (1981-82), Cincinnati (1983-87; 1991), Kansas City (1988), Detroit (1988), St. Louis (1989), Pittsburgh (1990), Cleveland (1992-93) and Cleveland (1993)... Led the National League with 78 appearances in 1984... Spent the 1990 season helping Pittsburgh to the National League Championship Series in 1990 and starting the sixth game.
Bobby Randall (1968-69; Gove, Kan.): Two-year starter at shortstop for the Wildcats from 1968-69... Ranks second in school history in career batting average with a .371 average... Selected in the fourth round of the secondary phase of the 1968 drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers after a stellar sophomore season at Kansas State when he hit .310.... However, he opted to continue his collegiate career... As a junior in 1969, he led the Wildcats with a .394 batting average and earned first team All-Big Eight honors... Following his junior campaign, he was once again drafted by the Dodgers this time in the second round of the draft's secondary phase... Randall played in the Dodgers' organization for six seasons before being traded to the Minnesota Twins following the 1975 season... Posted his finest season in 1976 as he played in 153 games, hit .267, scored 55 runs and hit his only major league home run... In 1978, he hit a career-best .278... Posted a 424-458-1 record in 16 seasons as a head baseball coach at Iowa State University (1985-95) and at the University of Kansas (1996-2002)... Inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in Wichita, Kan. on Jan. 17, 1998.
Ernie Recob (1963-66; Wichita, Kan.): Three-year starter as an outfielder for the Wildcats from 1963-66... Became K-State's first-ever two-time first team all-conference selection when he was named to the All-Big Eight Conference first team in 1963 and 1966... Ranks eighth in Kansas State history in career batting average with a .353 mark... Led the team in stolen bases in his junior and senior campaigns with 12 and 11 successful attempts in 1965 and 1966... Paced the team his senior season in at-bats (116), hits (45) and runs (21)... Drafted by the NY Yankees in the 56th round in 1966.
Clarence "Perk" Reitemeier (1951-52, 1954; Lafayette, Ind.): Three-year starter as an outfielder and pitcher for the Wildcats in 1950, 1951 and 1954... Led team at the plate as well as from the mound... Paced the 1951 team in batting average (.383) and home runs (four), while he was tied for the team-lead in runs (10), hits (18), singles (12), and RBI (eight)... Posted a 4-4 record from the mound in a team-high 55.2 innings pitched with 16 walks and 35 strikeouts... Returned to finish his degree in 1954 after serving two years in the Army... Hit .356 to rank sixth in the conference... One of his pitching victories was aided by his own two-run homer.
Andy Replogle (1973-75; Fort Wayne, Ind.): Three-year starting pitcher for the Wildcats from 1973-75... Named second team All-America in 1973... Selected to the first team All-Big Eight Conference team in both 1973 and 1974 as a starting pitcher... Holds Kansas State career records for pitching wins (25) and strikeouts (223)... Ranks sixth in school history with 234.1 innings pitched... Set and then tied the KSU single-season mark for pitching wins with nine in both 1974 and 1975... Compiled a 25-10 career pitching mark and 3.14 ERA in 40 games as a Wildcat with 35 starts and 25 complete games... Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975, he made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978... In his rookie season, he posted a 9-5 record and a 3.75 ERA... He earned his first major league victory on April 16, 1978 versus Baltimore as he allowed two runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
Heath Schesser (1995-97; Manhattan, Kan.): Three-year starter at shortstop for the Wildcats from 1995-97... Named third team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers in 1997... Became K-State's first All-Big 12 Conference selection when he was named to the first team in 1997... Selected honorable mention All-Big Eight Conference in 1996... Ranks among K-State's Top 10 in seven career categories, including hits (215), runs (163), RBI (170), doubles (45), triples (12), home runs (22) and total bases (350)... Owns the school single-season marks for at-bats (237), hits (97), runs (70), RBI (85), home runs (16) and total bases (181) - all accomplished during a remarkable 1997 senior season... Also paced the 1997 team in games played (56), batting average (.409), doubles (20), triples (nine), on-base percentage (.486), slugging percentage (.764)... Ranked among the Top 10 players in the NCAA in RBI/game (1.52) and triples/game (0.14) during the 1997 season... Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round in 1997.
Keith "Kite" Thomas (1947; Kansas City, Kan.): One-year starter as an outfielder for the Wildcats in 1947... Very little is known of Thomas' career at Kansas State due to limited record keeping at the time... Played major league ball for the Philadelphia Athletics (1952-53) and Washington Senators (1953)... Posted a .250 batting average in 75 games in 1952 with 24 runs on 29 hits and 18 RBI... Passed away on Jan. 7, 1995 in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Craig Wilson (1989-92; Franklin Park, Ill.): Regarded as one of the best players to ever wear the uniform at Kansas State... Four-year starter at second base and shortstop for the Wildcats from 1989-92... Became K-State's first consensus All-American when he was named to the Baseball America first team in 1992... Also named to Baseball America's third team in 1991... Honored as an All-American by Collegiate Baseball (second team) in 1992... Became the first and only Kansas State player to be named conference Player of the Year when he was named the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1992... Member of the 1992 U.S Olympic Baseball Team... Member of the 1991 U.S. Pan American Baseball Team... One of only three players in school history to be named to the all-conference team three times... Honored as a first team All-Big Eight selection in 1991 and 1992 after earning second team all-league honors in 1990... Ranks among KSU's Top 5 in six career categories, including placing second in hits (282), runs scored (181), doubles (58), triples (15) and third in at-bats (809) and RBI (176).
Jack Woolsey (1967-69; Kansas City, Kan.): Three-year starter as a center fielder for the Wildcats from 1967-69... Became K-State's second two-time first team All-Big Eight Conference selection with back-to-back honors in 1967 and 1968... Tied for third on the school's career list for triples with 14... Led the team in hits, RBI, triples and home runs in his sophomore and junior seasons... His best season as a Wildcat came in 1968 when he led the team in hits (37), RBI (33), triples (seven) and home runs (eight), while tallying a .339 average... Still the highest drafted player in K-State history when he was taken in the second round of the 1969 draft by the San Francisco Giants.