Billy McMacken: 2013 South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee
On Sunday, September 29, Brookings own William "Billy" McMacken was inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Below you will find a link to a Facebook page congratulating Billy, as well as the biographies from the Watertown Daily Republic's article on the 2013 inductees, and the South Dakota State University Baseball Media Guide.
SDSU biography courtesy of the SDSU Athletic Department
1988: College Baseball Coaches Association (3rd Team)
The beginning of something special was McMacken’s 1988 campaign, the first of three consecuive AllAmerica seasons for the Brookings product.
The designated hitter lived up to the position’s name, hitting at a .409 clip, and set a then-school record with 35 runs batted in.
When he towed the rubber, the southpaw was just as impressive. He was a perfect 5-0, and while his earned run average was above five, opponents hit only .302 against him.
In addition to his pitching and DH duties, he saw plenty of action at first base, where he was perfect defensively, not making an error the entire season.
McMacken’s numbers would have been even more impressive, but SDSU had to forfeit its first 10 games of the season. While all the other statistics stand from those games, McMacken’s three pitching victories do not, and therefore he’s only credited for a 5-0 season.
The Jackrabbits went 27-15, winning the NCC’s Southern Division. In fact, SDSU played its way to the NCC Tournament’s title tilt, falling to host Minnesota State, Mankato
1989: College Baseball Coaches Association (3rd Team)
As a junior, McMacken became the first Jackrabbit to ever earn multiple All-American honors.
In leading SDSU to a 30-16-1 record, McMacken topped the Jackrabbits in batting average (.416), home runs
(10), runs batted in (52), total bases (109), hits (62) and runs scored (48). He also hit 13 doubles, which tied for
tops on the squad.
For the second consecutive season, McMacken was errorless in the field in 36 total chances. He also pitched in 11 games, going 5-6 with a 6.55 ERA.
Even though McMacken still had a year to play, he’d already set the career record for runs batted in, which at that point was 142.
SDSU rattled off a 30-win season in 1989, going 11-1 to win the Southern Division title. Despite hosting the NCC Tournament, SDSU was eliminated prior to the championship game.
1990: College Baseball Coaches Association (3rd Team)
South Dakota State won its sixth consecutive NCC Southern Division crown, claimed a runner-up finish at the NCC Tournament, and earned a postseason berth to the Central Regional. The year 1990 also marked an unprecedented third-consecutive All-America season for Billy McMacken.
School records the lefty set during his senior season included 16 homers, 60 runs batted in and 127 total bases. The total bases mark remained a school mark until 2010, while his 60 RBIs and 16 home runs each ranked scone on the list until the Division I era.
He also smacked 18 doubles, which stood as a single-season record for 18 years.
On the mound, he went 5-5 with a 5.12 ERA, holding opponents to a .276 batting average.