Rod Dedeaux

Rod Dedeaux

Original Name Raoul Martial
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 5 Jan 2006 (aged 91)
Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 12894582 · View Source
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College Baseball Coach. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was the head baseball coach at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1942 to 1986. He led the Trojans to 11 national College World Series titles including five straight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships from 1970 to 1974. During his 45 year coaching tenure at USC he won a record 1,332 victories against only 571 losses and 11 ties, as well as 28 Pacific Conference Championships. He attended USC as a player from 1933 to 1935 and played in two major league games as a shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935. He served as the head baseball coach of the United States Olympic team during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. During his career he developed and managed some of Major League Baseball's brightest future stars including: Randy Johnson, Mark McGwire, Tom Seaver, Fred Lynn, Roy Smalley, Steve Kemp and Dave Kingman. He was named National Coach of the Year six times by the College Baseball Coaches Association and NCAA Division One Coach of the Century by "College Baseball" magazine. In 1996 he was honored by the Japanese Government with the "Fourth Order of Merit-Cordon of the Rising Sun" award for his contributions to the USA-Japan Collegiate World Series. He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970 and served as a consultant and technical director for the motion pictures "Field of Dreams" (1989) and "A League of Their Own" (1992). He died in Southern California from stroke related complications at the age of 91.

Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.

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