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Sloan makes 'Ballpark' official

Feb. 13, 2001

Dedication ceremony features past, present team coaches, Sloan

By JEFF PERCELL

Sports Editor

In the midst of a three-game series with Cal State Fullerton, the Baylor athletic department took a few moments to recognize the founders of the Baylor Ballpark with a special dedication ceremony before a game on Saturday afternoon.

Head Coach Steve Smith said that it was a 'very significant day in the life of Baylor baseball.'

After a short speech by Smith, Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. addressed the crowd.

'This represents a lot -- not just for athletics and baseball -- but our entire university,' Sloan said.

Sloan also recognized how much educational value athletics provide for those involved.

'The playing field is a place to compete with pride, honor and responsibility,' he said. 'Lessons learned on the field build life-long skills.'

After Sloan's speech, Baylor Ballpark Founders were presented plaques and baseballs commemorating the dedication ceremony.

There were several Baylor regents and members of the Baylor Bear Foundation on hand, as well as former baseball coaches Dutch Schroeder and Mickey Sullivan; wives of deceased coaches; Athletic Director Tom Stanton; and former athletic administrators Grant Teaff and Bill Menefee.

The ceremony concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as Sloan declared 'this new facility Baylor Ballpark, home of the Baylor Bears.'

Red, white and blue balloons were released from behind the center field fence.

The No. 23-ranked Baylor baseball team completed the afternoon with a 5-0 shutout over the Titans.