UPDATED: Bobo Brayton in stable condition

Posted Aug 10, 2011

BOBO BRAYTON, one of the winningest coaches in college baseball history, was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash yesterday afternoon on his ranch west of Pullman. His condition this afternoon was upgraded from serious to serious-but-stable.

Brayton, 85, was driving a side-by-side ATV when he crashed into a tree off Brayton Road, and had to be extracted from the vehicle. He taken to Pullman Regional Hospital in serious condition and treated for cuts and abrasions and possibly other injuries.

He was the head coach of the Cougars from 1962 to 1994, piling up 1,162 wins. That's the most in WSU history and it was the fourth-most in NCAA history when he retired. His won 21 league titles in his career, with the 1965 and 1976 teams advancing to the College World Series in Omaha.

Some of the greatest names in WSU sports history played for him, including Ron Cey, Danny Frisella, John Olerud, Scott Hatteberg and Aaron Sele

WSU’s baseball facility, Bailey-Brayton Field, is named after Brayton and his coach at WSU, Buck Bailey. Brayton, a shortstop, becane WSU’s first All-American baseball player in 1947.

Well-wishers can be sent to him via the Washington State University athletics page on Facebook.

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