Alabama-Florida Series Filled with Promotions



May 5, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama baseball team will host the fourth-ranked Florida Gators in a pivotal three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The three-game set will not have postseason implications, but will be packed with fun-filled promotions all weekend.

The series begins Friday, May 7, at 6:36 p.m. (CDT) and will be regionally televised by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS), with Chris Stewart and Brian Jordan describing the action.

The teams will meet in game two on Saturday, May 8, at 3:06 p.m. and will be televised by SportSouth, with Dave Neal and Larry Conley calling the action from Tuscaloosa. Both the Friday and Saturday games will be available via the internet at

On Saturday, former Tide first baseman Fred Frickie will be honored before the game and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Frickie was an American Baseball Coaches Association First-Team All-American in 1957 after hitting .405 (32-for-79) with 20 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 22 RBI for the Tide. He had 17 walks and struck out only four times all season. The 1957 Alabama team compiled an 18-8 record and captured the SEC Western Division championship under head coach Happy Campbell. The team also played a 20-game exhibition schedule in the Far East, playing collegiate and military teams in Japan and Korea. At the time, Frickie was the third UA player to earn first-team All-American honors, joining Ed White (1950) and Frank Roland (1956). He signed with the Cleveland Indians and spent three years in their minor league organization before returning to Tuscaloosa to complete his degree in 1961. 

He spent six years in the high school ranks while completing his master's degree and in 1967 was hired as the first baseball coach at John C. Calhoun State Technical Junior College. He built the program from the ground up and posted 669 wins and a .618 winning percentage during his highly-successful career. His teams participated in 20 Alabama Junior College Conference Tournaments, winning six championships, and he tutored a number of NJCAA All-Americans, including Hall of Famers Jimmy Arichibald, Larry Keenum and Gary Redus. Frickie also tutored current MLB All-Star catcher Jorge Posada, who played at Calhoun and signed a baseball scholarship with Alabama before being taken by in the MLB draft in the New York Yankees.

The Crimson Tide baseball team will recognize all 2010 graduates at its game on Saturday. Admission to Saturday's baseball game against Florida is free for all May 2010 grads and each additional ticket is just $3. To take advantage of this special offer, enter the promotional code BAMAGRAD into the promotions tab on the ticket page.

The series finale is Sunday, May 9, at 2:05 p.m. (CDT) and the Tide will continue its annual Mother's Day tradition as the mom's of all UA players will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. 

Also on Sunday, mothers will be admitted free along with kids 12 and under. To take advantage of this special offer, enter the promotional code MOMDAY2010 into the promotions tab on the ticket page. In addition, the first 300 moms will also receive a free hot dog.