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ASU Best Teams: No. 2 1969 Baseball vs. No. 9 1971-72 Football

Baseball title versus top tier football team

Photos from Sun Devil Athletics

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 1 1996-97 Football beat No. 3 1986-87 Football in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 2 1969 Baseball vs. No. 9 1971-72 Football.

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 2 1969 Baseball

Record: 56-11, (15-3 WAC), Won College World Series

Head coach: Bobby Winkles

Notable players: Larry Gura, Paul Powell, Billy Cotton

The rundown: In ASU’s last of the trio of championships in the 1960’s, Winkles club was led by senior pitcher Larry Gura. With a 19-2 record, he recorded a 1.01 ERA. Between the MLB Draft and the secondary phase, the team had four first round picks. The Sun Devils lost their opening College World Series game to Texas before winning five straight to secure their third title.

No. 9 1971-72 Football

Record: 11-1 (7-0 WAC)

Head Coach: Frank Kush (14th year)

Notable Players: Woody Green, Danny White, Windlan Hall, Brent McClanahan

The Rundown: An all-time squad in program history. The offense, led by sophomore running back Woody Green and sophomore quarterback Danny White, scored 462 points while the defense allowed just 206 points. The devils beat Arizona 31-0 in Tempe and beat Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl. Conference champions, the Devils were ranked as high as #6 in the coaches poll and #8 in the AP poll.

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