Former Vandy Coach Weicker Talks Career
April 25, 2007
When former Nashville Sounds first baseman and Vanderbilt coach George Weicker was a kid growing up in Baltimore, he had dreams of playing for his hometown Orioles. Weicker was inspired by his visits to Memorial Stadium witnessing the play of such Oriole greats as Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, Dave McNally and Jim Palmer. He got to play in the big league stadium during state high school tournaments.
Weicker was a star athlete at Cardinal Gibbons High School where he was All-State in baseball and football. Cardinal Gibbons was originally St. Mary's Industrial School, which was the high school to Babe Ruth. Weicker played his prep baseball on the same field as `The Bambino." When time came to choose his college and sport, Weicker turned to a friend.
Weicker would take a quick lunch so he could have conversations with such Reds' greats as Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Dave Concepcion. He took the advantage of being part of the Reds organization to stand behind the batting cage in awe and learning from these great hitters. Weicker saw the Big Red Machine up close.
Weicker was unable to hook up with another minor league team after that season. He did accept a job in 1980 as Vanderbilt's hitting instructor. The Commodores won their last SEC baseball championship (1980) in Weicker's first season. Weicker left Vanderbilt after five years to become head baseball coach at Nashville's Franklin Road Academy.
Athletics News Headlines