Phillip Stidham

2007 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor Inductee

Known for his unique delivery and his dominance out of the bullpen, this former Razorback pitcher still ranks as the top relief pitcher in Arkansas baseball history. Stidham employed a submarine pitching motion that baffled even the best collegiate hitters. The three-year letterman (1989-91) from Tulsa, Okla., is one of four two-time baseball All-Americans (1990, 1991) in UA history. He earned All-Southwest Conference honors in 1989, 1990 and 1991, and led the Hogs to back-to-back SWC Championships in 1989 and 1990. He also helped Arkansas to a fifth-place finish at the 1989 College World Series. He sported a career record of 13-3 on the mound, including a school-record 33 saves. His UA record for saves outdistances the next closest UA pitcher by 18 in that category. He led the Hogs in ERA for three straight years, boasting a 2.68 ERA in 1989, a school-record 0.95 ERA in 1990 and a 1.20 ERA in 1991. His 1.62 career ERA still stands as a school record. The 1991 recipient of the Bill Dickey Award, he went on to play in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers.