Stephen Charles Reich
Stephen Charles Reich

Class of 1993

A highly decorated performer, Steve Reich was one of the finest pitchers to toe the rubber for the Black Knights' baseball program. Reich posted a career record of 19-10, while crafting a 2.49 earned run average. His win total stands tied for fifth on Army's career chart while his ERA lists sixth.

Reich still holds Army records for career strikeouts (259) and strikeouts in a seven-inning game (17, versus Air Force). He also tied the Academy standard for strikeouts in a nine-inning contest, fanning 17 batters in his final collegiate contest. Additionally, Reich stands second on the career innings pitched ledger (260.2).

Reich was at his best in service academy contests, where he forged an unblemished 6-0 mark in six starts, while pitching to a 1.71 ERA. He was 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA over his career against Navy. He earned a plethora of accolades during his time in the "Black, Gold and Gray." He was a three-time league all-star and became the first Black Knight to be named Patriot League Pitcher of the Year (1993). A freshman All-American in 1990, Reich was tabbed first-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference and first-team Northeast All-American in 1993. He was selected to play for Team USA following graduation and also spent a brief stint in the Baltimore Orioles farm system.

A helicopter pilot, Reich was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005.