Gary Kraus is one of the top baseball players in the history of Philadelphia University. A star first baseman and outfielder from 1986 through 1989, Kraus played a major role to the program’s success which saw the team make two postseason appearances, including its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
When he graduated from Textile in 1989 with a degree in finance, Kraus left as the program’s all-time leader in career hits (223), career runs scored (150), career runs batted in (111) and career home runs (11). He also owned the single-season record for hits (65 in 1989) runs scored (51 in 1987), doubles (15 in 1987), and triples (7 in 1987).
Kraus—a career .366 hitter—currently sits fourth in program history in career hits, career triples, career runs scored and career home runs, and eighth in career RBIs.
During the 1989 campaign, Kraus was one of the nation’s top hitters with a .419 batting average, which was 19th in Division II. He helped lead the Rams to a 21-15 overall record and into the final of the ECAC South Tournament.
As a junior, Kraus was named to the Delaware Valley College Coaches’ All Star Team as he led the team, which finished the season with a 21-16 record, with 53 hits and a .480 slugging percentage. He posted a .358 batting average, 28 RBIs, 25 runs scored, 10 doubles, two home runs, and a .379 on-base percentage.
Kraus earned team MVP award in 1987 as he hit .383 and led the Rams with 59 hits, 51 runs scored, 15 doubles, and seven triples. Kraus’ offensive production helped Textile finish the season at 27-10 and make the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In his first season with the Rams, Kraus recorded a .300 batting average with 46 hits, scored 39 runs, and drove in 20.