Oct. 25, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama baseball has one of the most storied histories at the University with it being the first competitive sport ever fielded, and this weekend the team looks to recognize those involved in the process by holding the first ever Alabama Baseball Reunion.
The reunion is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6-9 p.m. in the brand new South Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The reunion will be free of charge and open to all former Alabama baseball players and their guest.
"We're all excited to have the opportunity to bring all of our alumni back," current head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "I think as much as anything, it's going to give them an opportunity to see a lot of old friends, not only from the era that they played in, but from other eras as well."
This event is something the team looks to continue in future years as a way to recognize the collective efforts of those who helped to make Alabama baseball the winningest program in the history of the SEC.
"So many of these guys have done so much to establish our baseball program and we wanted to give them an opportunity not only to be recognized, but, as much as anything, just for them to come have a fun weekend and be part of our program," Gaspard said.
The weekend's festivities will begin Friday when the team hosts an under-the-lights scrimmage beginning at 6:30 p.m. that is open to all fans free of charge. The game will also be streamed live on TideTV and can be seen by clicking here. Baseball camp and season ticket information will be available at the scrimmage for all who are interested. Immediately following the game, the Grand Slammers will host a barbeque for all alumni of the Alabama baseball program, current players on the Tide team and their families.
On Saturday, the team will begin the day with its final scrimmage of the fall season with play beginning at 11:30 a.m. The scrimmage is open to the public and is also free of charge. The weekend will then culminate with the reunion dinner at the South Zone. Athletics Director Mal Moore and Coach Mitch Gaspard will speak to kick off the event and the rest of the night will be open for former players, coaches, and guests to mingle.
Parking for Friday's event will be open anywhere around Sewell-Thomas with no other sports going on this weekend. For Saturday it is suggested that visitors park in the Tutwiler triangle lot, the Tutwiler big lot and the Colonial parking lots. If necessary, visitors may park anywhere around Bryant-Denny Stadium that they find open. A parking map can be viewed here.
For questions on this event or to RSVP please contact Drew French, director of baseball operations, via e-mail at DFrench@ia.ua.edu or by phone at (205) 348-5258.
"Through our administration - Tommy Ford, Steve Townsend, Coach (Mal) Moore - we've been able to put this together and we think it's going to be a great night," Gaspard added. "Guys will have a lot of fun and we're certainly looking forward to it as well."