College Baseball Hall of Fame mourns death of Cliff Gustafson

January 3rd, 2023

LUBBOCK, Texas – Cliff Gustafson, a 2006 inductee into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and who led the University of Texas to two national championships and 22 Southwest Conference championships before retiring in 1996, died on Monday. He was 91.

"We are saddened to see the news of coach Gus's passing. He was very fittingly in our first induction class because he was a college baseball coaching legend,” said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the College Baseball Foundation. “Our memories of him are numerous — from his family being with us in Lubbock for his induction weekend to the 2015 event we held in his honor in Austin. He was always a joy to talk with. He lived a full 91 years and we will miss him. Our hearts go out to his daughters, Jann and Jill."

When Gustafson retired following the 1996 season, he was the winningest coach in Division I baseball. He still ranks in the top 10 in victories and his .792 winning percentage is still second all time. During his time on the Forty Acres, he led the Longhorns to 17 College World Series appearances. He also played baseball at Texas in the early 1950s, posting a .308 career batting average.

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