Al Neiger

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A dominant pitcher for the University of Delaware, and a native of Wilmington, Delaware, Neiger became only the third player in University of Delaware history and the first pitcher to earn
All-American honors in 1959 when he posted a record of 9-3 with an 0.88 earned run average and a still-standing UD record of 166 strikeouts in 103 innings. His 166 strikeouts led the nation that
season. As of 1984 he still ranks third on the all-time UD career strikeouts list with 224 and his career ERA of 1.10 also ranks third. A two-year letterwinner, he posted a record of 5-1 and a 1.49
ERA in 1958 when he led the Blue Hens to the Middle Atlantic Conference title. In 1959, he led the team to a record of 15-4-1 and was named the “Most Valuable Player” in NCAA District 11. He was also
named the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcaster’s Association “Athlete of the Year” for 1959. He played five seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, advancing to the Major Leagues in 1960
when he appeared in 6 games.



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