WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
JU Baseball Celebration Weekend a success
In a whirlwind three days of events, the JU Baseball Celebration Weekend drew hundreds of former student-athletes, coaches and staff back to campus to celebrate the prestigious history of baseball at Jacksonville University.
The weekend began with a Friday afternoon golf outing at Hidden Hills Country Club with eight foursomes braving the chilly conditions.
On Saturday, more than 70 alumni congregated for the JU basketball doubleheader against ETSU at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. While taking in the contests, the entire group was recognized at halftime of the men’s game by making their way to the floor.
Later that evening, nearly 100 people attended the dedication of the C.P. Cost Pavilion to dedicate the newest addition to John Sessions Stadium. The crowd enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvre before hearing speeches from JU president Dr. Kerry Romesburg, JU director of athletics Alan Verlander and former player Tim Cost, who made the donation for the hitting and pitching facility in honor of his late father.
The weekend culminated with 180 guests attending the JU Baseball Celebration Banquet on Sunday evening. Guests were presented with a gift while also viewing a power point presentation on the history of JU baseball. Among the guest speakers for the “Decade of Dolphins” were Bill Jackson (1950’s), Gus Bell (1960’s), Tim Cost (1970’s), Joel Shapiro (1980’s), Chris Basso/Rusty Green (1990’s) and Daniel Murphy (2000’s).
The 1976 baseball team was also honored for being the most successful group in program history with a 45-14 overall record and a No. 9 national ranking. The team donated a shadow box with an autographed baseball and bat by the team and a jersey that will hang in the JU Athletics Hall of Fame. The group was also given a bat with each member’s names, team record and JU logo on it.
The evening was ended with speeches by former 1976 team members Dan Westmoreland (RHP) and Rocky Rausch (IF).
Click on the links to view pictures of the weekend events and also check out decade slide shows from the past.