Former TU baseball player Les Rogers dies | TU Sport Extra


Les Rogers, a University of Tulsa All-America baseball player who played third base on the team that finished second in the 1969 College World Series, died Monday morning at the age of 73.

Born in California before moving to Tulsa elementary school, Rogers was a multi-sports star with McLain and would have signed with the Detroit Tigers without a broken shoulder. He went on to have a stellar college career at TU.

“When I was with McLain, Les was two years behind me,” said former TU basketball coach John Phillips. “He was the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen. He could do all kinds of sports. He had a calm demeanor, but in the sporting field he would beat you with his highly competitive skills. “

Rogers was recruited for football from major colleges, but chose the TU to participate in football and baseball. As a freshman he was injured in football so he focused on playing baseball for legendary coach Gene Shell.

Surrounded by talent on teams that won the Missouri Valley Conference championships, Rogers shone. He had a .375 career batting average with nine home runs and 85 RBIs.

“From a young age in the little league to college, you always knew Les would be successful in life,” said Roger Whitaker, high school and college teammate. “He had a tremendous talent and was a leader. He wasn’t arrogant, he was confident.


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