Hall of Fame baseball coach Rod Dedeaux, Jan. 5

Hall of Fame baseball coach Rod Dedeaux, Jan. 5 Rod Dedeaux, whose 45 years as University of Southern California's baseball coach produced 11 national and 28 conference championship teams, died on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, in Glendale, Calif., He was 91. Dedeaux, pronounced Day-dough, whose USC teams included more than 50 players who later attained major league greatness, including Tom Seaver, Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson and Dave Kingman, suffered a stroke on Dec. 2. His teams won a record 1,331 games before his retirement in 1986. From 1970 to 1974, his Trojans won five consecutive NCAA championships. No other school has won more than two in succession. He was named coach of the year six times by the American Baseball Coaches Assn. and was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame in 1970. He is shown here in 1970 coaching one of his players.
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