Vanderbilt won the 2014 College World Series, the school’s first national championship in any men’s sport. The team returned to the national championship series in 2015, finishing as runners up to Virginia.
Vanderbilt’s 2019 baseball team compiled a 59-12 record and won the 2019 College World Series in addition to the SEC regular-season and tournament titles. Freshman Kumar Rocker was named the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series and Freshman of the Year.
Vanderbilt has a number of football traditions: the “Commodore Creed” in the football locker room; the “Corridor of Captains” that honors Vanderbilt’s athletics history; the “Star Walk” with fans, cheerleaders, and the Spirit of Gold Marching Band; the “Star V,” an on-field formation by the marching band; the “Admiral”, a foghorn from a U.S. Navy battleship that blows after every Vanderbilt score; “Mr. C,” the mascot; the “Anchor Dash” by first-year students rushing the football field before kickoff of each season’s home opener; the “Victory Flag” that is raised over Dudley Field after home wins; and the singing of the “Alma Mater” at the conclusion of a game (in most sports), win or lose.
College Sports Established
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1907 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1932 – Present / SEC Conference
1922 – 2032 / Southern Conference
1895 – 1922 / Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Commodores – Vanderbilt’s nickname is a tribute to university founder Cornelius Vanderbilt. Though the shipping and railroad mogul was not a member of the Navy, he did donate a steamship to Union troops during the Civil War.
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