Phil Stinson played baseball for Lipscomb from 1974-1977, anchoring the Bison infield from his shortstop position. Phil helped lead Lipscomb to four consecutive 40-win seasons, averaging an amazing 42 wins each year. Phil also helped lead Lipscomb to two NAIA National Tournaments in 1974 and in 1977.
In 1977, his final play – a force out throw to second base – helped Lipscomb capture the its first-ever team championship when the Bisons won the NAIA World Series in St. Joseph, Mo.
Besides his near .300 career average, Phil drove in 132 runs and scored 180 runs. He was a model of consistency at the plate, compiling one of the lowest strikeouts per at bat ratios in the history of Lipscomb baseball with a .049.
No Lipscomb baseball player made more defensive plays from 1974-1977 – he recorded 491 assists. Phil was one of the most dependable players to suit up for the Bisons playing in 200 of the 210 games the team played from 1974-1977.
In 1976 Phil had an outstanding season. He hit .384, drove in 48 runs, hit a team-leading 12 doubles and scored 60 runs. He was named First Team NAIA All-American as well as being named the Most Valuable Player for the prestigious Collegiate All-Star Baseball Team for the city of Nashville.
After graduating cum laude from Lipscomb, Phil continued his winning ways as one of Nashville's outstanding business leaders and a supporting fixture in the Lipscomb community. Phil Stinson will always be regarded as one the great players in Bison Baseball history, both on and off the field.