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To honor the start of baseball season, the next three days will have baseball pictures and stories for the Clemson Historic Picture of the Day. For broadcast information for this weekend’s series, click here: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2012/02/broadcast-notes-for-tiger-baseball.html
In this picture from 1979, you can see catcher Dave Buffamoyer scrambling for a loose ball during a game with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
You can notice in the picture that the stands along the 3rd base line below Jervey Athletic Center are now complete and filled up for this game against the Gamecocks. Construction had just been completed on Jervey in 1973 along with the stands for Tiger Field along the 3rd base line (you will see the difference in the pictures on Saturday and Sunday that I will post).
The date of this game is either April 14th or April 15th in 1979. The Tigers won both games against the Gamecocks during this two game home stand (1-0 and 6-3).
Clemson would finish the 1979 season 40-15 overall, first in the ACC, and 9th in the final baseball polls. The Tigers would be eliminated from the Regional in Coral Gables, Florida with a loss to the Miami Hurricanes.
The 1979 team would produce nine players that would be drafted in the Major League Draft that June. Mike Sullivan (P), Tim Teufel (2B), Brian Snyder (P), Bill Schroeder (C), Tony Masone (OF), Len Bradley (P), David Buffamoyer (C), Todd Freeman (3B), and Pete Khoury (Of) were all drafted in June of 1979.
Mike Sullivan was taken in the first round of the Major League Draft by the Cincinnatti Reds. Tim Teufel was a third round pick of the Chicago White Sox.
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