College Baseball: Cal Baseball Back From the Brink

Cal’s dugout (Photo / copyright Alison Au)

Berkeley, CA – When Cal-Berkeley announced that it would be cutting its nearly 120 year-old baseball program last fall, it provided a simple reason: economics. Like many college baseball programs around the country, Cal struggled to produce revenue from the sport. Compounding the issue was a university decision to stop raising funds for sports individually; as a result direct gifts for baseball declined from $500,000 in 2006 to $180,000 in 2010.

Six months later, as The Wall Street Journal reports, an innovative fundraising effort has kick-started the Cal program and has them ranked in the top 25 in the country. – TF