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Baseball mourns the passing of alum Stan Holmes

March 02, 2011

Sun Devil Baseball mourns the passing of former student-athlete Stan Holmes, who passed away February 28 in California.

Holmes played for the Sun Devils from 1979 to 1981, appearing in 166 games and finishing with a .345 career average. He hit 36 career home runs, drove in 171 runs and finished his ASU career with 210 hits.

A First Team All-Pac-10 performer in 1980, Holmes etched his name in Sun Devil lore a year later during his final season in Tempe. On the year Holmes batted .366 with 14 homers and 82 RBI, but it was his performance in Omaha at the College World Series that made him a favorite of Sun Devils everywhere.

In the opening game of the '81 series, Holmes went 5-5 in an 11-2 win over Texas, driving in six runs. It was the tip of the iceberg, as Holmes finished the College World Series 13-28 (.464) with 17 RBI and eight runs scored, including a seven RBI game against Oklahoma State. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series as Arizona State won its fifth National Championship.

He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 8th round of the 1981 MLB Draft. He is survived by his wife, Karen.