For the generation of TCU baseball fans accustomed to the posh setting that is Lupton Stadium, go back through the archives and find the old place. The TCU Diamond was a glorified high school park that featured a cement ramp in center field, and ooooold school bleachers. It was hell to sell recruits, but the pitch for years was that a new stadium was coming any day.
For the generation accustomed to TCU winning conference titles and national rankings, there were a lot of quality players who played in the old place and should not be forgotten. Throw pitcher Scott Atchison in that group, who not only deserves to be remembered but a place in the TCU athletics Hall of Fame.
Atchison, 38, was selected in the 49th round of the MLB amateur draft in 1998. Today, he is on the Cleveland Indians active roster with a 3-0 record and a 2.93 ERA in 30 2/3 innings.
I asked Atchison if he felt like both he and his teammates were forgotten in what is now a glory era of TCU baseball.
“I don’t know – maybe a little bit. I’m not complaining,” he said. “Due to the new stadium, and the way the whole university rededicated everything in trying to become good, everything changed. I would like to think that the group in the ‘90s started to lay the ground work for what it’s become. We had a lot of good players. Royce Huffman could hit everywhere he went.
“They have built it and have become a national power. I don’t worry if they remember me, or anybody else for that matter. It’s just great to see the program do so well.”
Atchison has just about everything TCU would want in a university Hall of Famer. He led the team in ERA in 1999 when he was named the team’s pitcher of the year. He was an all-conference selection in both the Southwest Conference and Western Athletic Conference. He is a TCU graduate. He has been in the Majors since 2004, and pitched for two years in Japan.
“As a former player, it’s nice to see that we’re in the Big 12 and have those rivalries back,” he said. “It’s so great to see the fans and former students and alums out in full force. The current students seem to be into everything. It’s that cozy little private school, and I still feel very attached to it.”
Atchison said he makes it to a couple of football games every fall, and lives in Keller with his family. He said he plans to retire there whenever his big-league career ends.
When that happens, hopefully he is added to TCU’s hall of fame.
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