Graduation Year: 1891
Induction Year: 1969
“Baseball’s okay in college, but no place for a man with a brain!”
Bert Abbey was a member of the original Hall of Fame inductees, the oldest member in the Hall of Fame with a graduation year of 1891. Abbey was a member of the “Wonder Team,” UVM’s first legitimate varsity squad that played National League professional teams and nearly won what is known as the precursor to the NCAA tournament.
Abbey reshaped the UVM team, becoming their coach, captain and star pitcher. After graduating from Vermont, he signed with the Washington Senators in 1891. He then went on to play for the Pirates, White Sox and Brooklyn Dodgers before ending his professional career in 1896.