Saluting state’s winningest baseball coaches

April, 14, 2012
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With one coach knocking on the door of his 800th win, another close to 600, we thought it was a good time to update the Cal-Hi Sports state record book category for career coaching wins.

As compilers of the state’s only high school record book, it’s common for us to receive many questions each year when coaches achieve milestone victories.

We didn’t really have the exact answers earlier this season when two longtime outstanding coaches in their communities – Jeff Stout of Yucaipa and Jack Thomson from Sierra of Manteca – won their 700th and 500th games, respectively.

Now, with the legendary Sam Blalock of San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo High soon to become only the third coach in state history to reach 800 career victories and with Fresno High’s Ken Papi about to hit 600, here is an updated look (through reported games of Friday, April 13) at the all-time coaching list for most wins in a baseball career:
1,059 – John Stevenson, El Segundo, 1960-2009 (1,059-419)
879 – Guy Anderson, Cordova of Rancho Cordova, 1965-2012 (879-336-20) (current)
794 – Sam Blalock, San Diego Mt. Carmel 1976-1990 & San Diego Rancho Bernardo, 1991-2012 (794-299) (current)
753 – Dave Demarest, Westminster La Quinta, 1973-2007 (753-213)
723 – Walter “Spud” O’Neil, Colton 1980-1983 & Lakewood, 1984-2012 (723-195) (current)
708 – Mike Noakes, Fresno Bullard 1967, 1970-1996 & Fresno Central, 1997-2003 (708-262-7)
708 – Jeff Stout, Yucaipa, 1976-2012 (current)
683 – Bob Brian, Gustine 1951-1954 & South San Francisco, 1959-2001 (683-412-7)
657 – John Donohue, San Francisco Lowell, 1983-2012 (657-357-2) (current)
651 – Harry Jenkins, Redondo Beach Redondo Union & Torrance West, 1972-2004
645 – Tom Bergeron, Cerritos Gahr, 1972-2004 (645-299-14)
640 – Mike Curran, Santa Fe Springs St. Paul 1977-1982 & Anaheim Esperanza, 1983-2012 (640-269) (current)
634 – Chris Bradford, Mountain View St. Francis, 1974-2004 (634-262-6)
631 - Steve Vickery, Lakeside El Capitan, 1981-2012 (current)
629 – Dennis Pugh, San Diego Mission Bay, 1977-2006 (629-199)
626 – Bob Zamora, Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley, 1977-2012 (current)
617 – Gary Cunningham, San Jose Del Mar 1974-1979 & San Jose Bellarmine, 1988-2008 (617-271)
615 – Dan Bodary, Lompoc, 1967-2001 (615-284-13)
607 – Mickey McNamee, San Marino, 1964-2007
604 – Bob Louriero, Escalon, 1963-2004 (604-357)
602 – Chuck Camuso, Cupertino, Sunnyvale & Cupertino Homestead, 1986-2010 at Homestead (602-493-10)
596 – Ken Papi, Fresno, 1975-2012 (594-415) (current)
584 – James Patrick, Fresno San Joaquin Memorial 1983-84 & Clovis, 1988-2012 (584-201-2) (current)
581 – Bill Hutton, San Jose Archbishop Mitty, 1983-2012 (581-308-5) (current)
579 – Jerry Lovarov, San Pedro, 1961-2003 (579-322-2)
569 – Rich Remkus, Covina Gladstone, 1989-2012 (current)
561 – Tom Muesborn, Chatsworth, 1991-2012 (561-107-4) (current)
550 – Art McRae, Ceres, 1960-1996 (550-427)
548 – Dick Serrano, San Diego University, 1976-1999
545 – Joe Winstead, Los Gatos, 1960-1999 (545-388)
533 – Caz Munoz, San Leandro 1964-1989 & Tuolomne Summerville, 1990-1997 (533-342)
519 - Rick Steen, Danville San Ramon Valley 1979-2008 & Concord De La Salle, 2009-10
512 – Ray Frederick, Delano, 1933-1966 (512-248-2)
502 – Allen Cropsey, Selma, 1958-1990 (502-283)
502 – Jack Thomson, Manteca 1981-1995 & Manteca Sierra, 1996-2012 (current)
501 – Norm Tanner, Vallejo, 1963-1996

Notes: Many of these coaches have helped develop some of the top players in the major leagues and in major league history, such as the late John Stevenson at El Segundo with Hall of Famer George Brett. Guy Anderson of Cordova is still going strong at age 79 and his team this year just won the Cordova Easter Classic. As you scan through this list, there’s no doubt that one of the main reasons that California is by far the best in the nation for baseball is coaching. You can’t say that about any other boys’ sport, but the evidence in baseball is pretty overwhelming.

Comments or corrections? Email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.

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