Stuper, Pair of Former Bulldogs in the News

John Stuper and Ray Guarino. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
John Stuper and Ray Guarino. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale University baseball head coach John Stuper recently took part in the 30th anniversary reunion of the St. Louis Cardinals team that won the 1982 World Series championship. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch caught up with the Bulldogs' coach during Sunday's reunion and discussed his clutch pitching performance in Game 6 of the Series.

Stuper, a key member of the Cardinals' pitching staff that season, threw a complete-game four-hitter in a 13-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 6 of the World Series. Stuper's four-hit gem helped the Cardinals stave off elimination and tie the series at three games apiece. The Cardinals went on to win Game 7, 6-3, to claim the World Series title.

The story by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch can be found here:

30 years later, Whiteyball is still magic

Meanwhile, New Haven Register reporter David Borges paid a visit to Fenway Park to catch up with former Bulldogs Craig Breslow '02 and Ryan Lavarnway '09, who are now teammates with the Boston Red Sox. Breslow, a relief pitcher, was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade deadline deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, while Lavarnway, Boston's backup catcher and one of its top prospects, was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket a day later. Breslow and Lavarnway are the first pair of former Bulldogs in major-league history to play on the same team since Frank Quinn and Sam Mele both played for the Red Sox in 1949. 

If Breslow takes the mound with Lavarnway behind the plate, it will be the first time two former Yale players have ever formed a big-league battery.

The story by the New Haven Register can be found here:

RED SOX: Ryan Lavarnway, Craig Breslow just second Yale duo to be major-league teammates (with video)