In the extensive history of the Penn State Baseball Club there have been many great players to be a part of the team. However, two such players went above and beyond being a great player to significantly improve the club as a whole. To honor these players, the club has retired their numbers to thank them for their service to the PSBC.
Sandy Sanderson #8
Growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sandy attended Shaler Area High School where he lettered in Baseball and Ice Hockey. Upon graduation, he accepted an appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy as a recruit to both their Baseball and Hockey programs. After one year in the Academy, Sandy transferred to Penn State University where he could study Mechanical Engineering. An unsuccessful tryout with the varsity program led him to discover a new calling. After learning of the Penn State Baseball Club's Intramural League, he became involved and quickly realized the talent pool that existed in Happy Valley.
His energy and enthusiasm for the game of Baseball motivated him to begin a travel team with the intent to play smaller college teams in the Pennsylvania area. Soon the schedule grew from 2 to 17 to 34 and finally 41 games during his senior campaign. Over the course of his coaching tenure, he accrued a .628 winning percentage (59-33-2) overall and a .860 percentage (43-6-1) against club teams. While platooning the infield between first and third base, Sandy also went on to a career batting average of .412 (105-255), batting over .400 every year except his senior. One of Sandy's proudest coaching accomplishments is that he sent at least one player from the club team to the varsity squad in every year that he coached (7 players in total).
William Lippert #35
He's been known by many names over the years: Bill, Worm, Coach Lippert, and most recently, Lipitor. But however you know the man, his contribution to the club has been immense. In the storied 16 year history of the club, Coach has been a part of 11 of those teams. 4 as a pitcher, having recorded 12 victories in his playing career, racking up 75 strikeouts, and is 3rd on the club's All-time walks per 7 innings category with 1.65. He also helped lead the team to 4 straight World Series appearances. Coach then followed his on field success with another 7 years coaching, taking over the role in 2007. He subsequently led his teams to over 130 victories, 4 North Atlantic Regional titles, and to 2 National Championship games. Then in 2013, he stepped down into the role of an Assistant Coach, but this did not diminish the PSBC's success. The team proceeded to win its 9th North Atlantic Regional title and finally won the big game by taking home the 2013 National Championship.