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Sport(s)  Baseball
1958  Lancaster Red Roses
Education  University of Michigan
1957  Idaho Falls Russets
Role  Baseball Player

1953–1956  Michigan Wolverines
Name  Moby Benedict
1959  Knoxville Smokies
Positions  Shortstop
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Born  March 29, 1935 (age 80) Detroit, Michigan, U.S. (1935-03-29)

Alma mater  University of Michigan

Milbry Eugene "Moby" Benedict (born March 29, 1935) is a former baseball shortstop and University of Michigan coach.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Benedict played baseball and basketball at Detroit's Southeastern High School before attending the University of Michigan. He played for the Michigan Wolverines from 1953–1956 and played for the College World Series championship team in 1953. He played in the minor leagues in the late 1950s before accepting a position as assistant coach at the University of Michigan from 1960-1962. He was an assistant coach on the Wolverines' College World Series championship team in 1962, making him the only person to be a member of both of the school's national championship teams.

After winning the College World Series, Michigan's head coach the Detroit Tigers' minor league organization and recommended Benedict as his replacement. In 1963, Benedict took over as Michigan's head baseball coach. He spent 17 years as the Michigan head coach, compiling a record of 367-251-5. Michigan won three Big Ten Conference championships under Benedict (1975, 1976, and 1978) and finished in the top three in the Big Ten in 14 of Benedict's 17 years as head coach. The 1978 team, featuring Rick Leach and Steve Howe advanced to the College World Series in 1978, finishing fifth.

Benedict coached 25 future major league players as Michigan's head coach, including Leach, Howe, Elliott Maddox, Dave Campbell, Leon Roberts, Geoff Zahn and Lary Sorensen. Benedict retired as Michigan's coach after the 1979 season. He came out of retirement to manage the Montreal Expos' Class A minor league team, the Jamestown Expos, in the New York-Pennsylvania League, from 1982-1984. He subsequently became the director of intramural sports at the University of Michigan.

Michigan retired Benedict's uniform number (#1), only the second number retired by the school after Bill Freehan. In 1994, he was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.

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Moby Benedict Wikipedia


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