Mark Marquess, known to Cardinal faithful as “Nine” for his uniform number, has been Stanford’s head baseball coach since 1977 and is one of the greatest NCAA baseball coaches ever.
He’s won 1,459 games, fourth among active coaches, highlighted by back-to-back NCAA titles in 1987-88. All told, his Cardinal teams have made 27 total NCAA tournament appearances, including 14 trips to the CWS.
Marquess was also a star football and baseball player for Stanford. An All-American first baseman, he hit .404 in 1967 (fifth all-time at Stanford) and still ranks fifth all-time in career triples.
In football, Marquess lettered in 1966-68, playing QB, WR, DB and KR. He led the team in punt returns in 1966 and his career punt return average of over 10 yards remains among the top 10 in school history.
After college, Marquess was drafted by the White Sox and spent four years in the ChiSox organization.
His Cardinal will host the NCAA Super Regional this weekend and hope to make yet another trip to the CWS in Omaha next month.