Stephen Markman '79
Induction Class of 2008
A native of Jericho, N.Y., Steve Markman played baseball at Binghamton from 1975-79. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1979.
The quintessential leadoff hitter, Markman was a career .300 hitter whose blazing speed resulted in a school record 72 stolen bases during his college career. A four-year starter, he played shortstop and the outfield before landing a permanent home at second base.
As a sophomore, Markman hit .286 for a Binghamton team that went 20-12 and advanced to the ECAC tournament.
His crowning achievement was during his junior season in 1978, when he stole 47-of-51 bases to lead the entire nation in thefts per game (1.47). In fact, his average was highest among all three NCAA divisional levels and still ranks among the top-10 marks in 35 years of Division III statistics.
In that junior year, Markman hit .390 and led Binghamton to a second-straight 20-win season that ended just shy of an NCAA tournament selection. The team won 10 consecutive games to open the spring and Markman stole nearly two bases per game during that stretch. He was named first team All-SUNYAC and was voted second team all-region at second base.
After captaining the team as a senior, Markman was selected as Binghamton's "Athlete of the Year" and also was the school's lone ECAC Scholar-Athlete recipient.
In addition to his single-season and career stolen base records, Markman ranks among the program's career top-10 in hits, runs and walks per game.
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