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Bill Arce

1972 Alaska Goldpanners
Roster Statistics Results Schedule NBC

"The Father of International Baseball"

Position Assistant Coach

1972 Roster | Jim Dietz Bill Arce // Gene Delyon Kerry Dineen Manny Estrada Dan Grimm Clif Holland Walt Kaczmarek Greg Kessler Rod Laub Mark Lucich Jay McDowell Bob Pollock Rand Rasmussen Bruce Robinson Mickey Robinson Jim Selisker Dan Shaw Jim Sullivan Steve Swisher Jackson Todd Jim Umbarger Dave Winfield Kurt Wittmayer | All-Time Roster All-Time Lineups

 

 

Bill Arce was a coach who did groundbreaking work in many countries.

Arce was in the US Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was injured during combat in the War. He later taught at the college level but received his primary fame as a coach. He was the first American to run baseball clinics in Belgium (1962), Sweden (1962), the Czech Republic (1969), Yugoslavia (1979) and China {1980}. He worked in 15 different countries in Europe.

Arce coached the Dutch national team to a Gold Medal in the 1971 European Championship, then coached the Italian national team to Gold in the 1975 European Championship. Through 2008, he is the only person to coach two different countries to first place in the European Championships. Arce coached for Team USA in the 1978 Amateur World Series and also worked with Team USA in 1970 and 1976. Arce was named the Best Coach in the Haarlem Baseball Week in 1963 and 1971.

The baseball field at Claremont McKenna College is named after him. He founded their athletic program. He had a 606-472-7 record as a college coach. In 1976, he was voted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. He was also voted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Dutch Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

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William Arce, the man after whom the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) baseball facility was named, has left an indelible mark on baseball, in Claremont and throughout the world.

Coach Arce was the founding athletic director of the CMS athletic program. He developed the program, facilities, and staff into one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the country. He served as head coach of the baseball team from 1958 to 1979, compiling a record of 446-354-16 and leading the Stags to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships in 1970, 1971, and 1975. Arce was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame 1976.

Since retiring Arce has committed his summers and sabbatical leaves to developing baseball internationally. He is the first American baseball coach to have provided baseball instruction in Sweden (1962), Czechoslovakia (1969), Yugoslavia (1979), and the People's Republic of China (1980). Arce also coached the national teams of both the Netherlands (1971) and Italy (1975) to the European Baseball Championship. In 1985, Arce founded International Sports Group, a non-profit organization that conducts international coaching clinics. Arce was also on the coaching staff for the U.S. national teams in 1970, 1976, and 1978.

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1972 Alaska Goldpanners
Roster Statistics Results Schedule NBC

 

 


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Top row, from the left, Mickey Robinson (Claremont), Cliff Holland (USC), Bruce Robinson (Stanford), Walt Kaczmarek (Santa Clara), Dave Winfield (Minnesota), Jim Umbarger (ASU), Dan Grimm (Fresno State), Mark Lucich (Stanford), Greg Kessler (Saddleback JC), Steve Swisher (Ohio), Jackson Todd (Oklahoma).  Bottom row, Jim Dietz, manager; Jim Selisker (Lower Columbia JC), Dan Shaw (Stanford), Gene Delyon (Santa Clara), Kurt Wittmayer (SDSU), Manny Estrada (CS-LA), Rand Rasmussen (San Fernando Valley ST), Jay Smith (FL Southern), Jay McDowell (Valparasio), Kerry Dineen (San Diego), Bill Arce, coach