Baseball Player and coach Steve Webber was from the United States. He competed in the 1969 College World Series while playing college baseball for Southern Illinois University. In 1990, he led the University of Georgia team to a national championship while serving as the school’s head coach from 1981 to 1996.
Steve, one of the greatest managers in school history and the man who led Georgia to a national baseball championship, has died at the age of 74.
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After a long illness, Webber died Saturday at his Atlanta home, according to the university.
Over his 16-year tenure as Georgia manager, Webber had a record of 500-403-1, with his 1990 championship being the highest point. In 1987, he also led the Bulldogs to the College World Series.
Webber’s mark in history
Later in his tenure, his teams ran into problems and the manager left after the 1996 season when Georgia finished 24-30 overall and 8-21 in the SEC.
At the time, he said, “It’s time for a change for me and my family, as well as for the program,” and Vince Dooley, the athletic director at the time who passed away less than three weeks ago, praised Webber for his “immense contributions to the development of our program”.
Webber, a 1969 College World Series participant who is a native of Iowa and a southern Illinois alum, played baseball. Before assuming the position of head coach in Georgia in 1981, he coached pitchers for Georgia Southern and Florida.
The SEC has never seen a baseball team win the national championship, which Georgia did. Since then, 13 stocks have been won by other SEC institutions, with LSU leading the way with six.
After leaving Georgia, Webber gave a series of minor league coaching concerts with five major league organizations. Before retiring to Atlanta, he worked as a launch consultant with the Braves in 2016, where he also spent his last season.
Pam, his 51-year-old wife, their daughter Ashley Joseph and their three grandchildren Bo, Whit and Bess will continue to care for Webber.
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