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 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: UA-16-2-2

Scope and Contents

The VSC Baseball Team was formed in 1954 and had its first official baseball season of intercollegiate competition in 1955.  The first coach was Walter Cottingham.  The college was first a member of the Georgia Conference.  In 1959, Gary Colson, later a VSC basketball coach, became baseball coach.  Bill (Billy) Grant became coach in 1960, and Tommy Thomas, the current baseball coach, became coach in 1968.  In 1974, VSC joined the South Atlantic Conference.  The team has won numerous conference and regional championships. The Baseball Collection contains unique printed material: a  two volume Valdosta State Sport History—Baseball, Book 1. The Years, Book 2. The Players.  This is a rich, locally produced sports history containing statistics, biographies, reproduction of newspaper coverage by year, and synopses of each year.  The history covers 1955-1977.  Another local publication, Valdosta State Champions South Atlantic Conference and Champions NCAA South Atlantic Region, documents the 1974 winning season through statistics, narrative, and extensive reproduction of newspaper coverage. In addition, the baseball collection contains program guides to various seasons (scattered), schedules, questionnaires, and announcements.  Some correspondence by Tommy Thomas is included.  Groundbreaking ceremony programs and announcements for Billy Grant Field and for the field house project document baseball expansion.  Brochures and flyers represent the program’s annual baseball camp.


  • 1954, 1974-Present

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research


2.0 Boxes

2 items

1.0 binders



Appraisal Information

There is a folder in the Archives Director's office marked UA 16-2-2 Baseball with a finding aid and the accession record 1999-11.  This accessions record has boxes that broke down into 13 collections, pretty much the basis of all the athletic collections.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • 2021-01-11: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)