Baylor to Host Steve Smith Baseball Camps Beginning June 9

June 2, 1997

Baylor University will host the 1997 Steve Smith Baylor Bear Baseball Camps, which will consist of five different camp sessions in June and July.

The first three camp sessions are day camps held from 9 a.m to noon daily. They will be held on June 9-13, June 16-20 and July 7-11. Students ages 7-12 are eligible to attend. The fee per student for each day camp session is $125.

The fourth camp is a Pitcher/ Catcher/ Hitter Specialty Camp for students ages 13 through 1997 high school graduates. The camp will be from July 11-13. The fees are $215 for resident campers and $190 for commuters.

The fifth camp session is a Total Skills overnight camp from July 13-17. Students ages 9 through 1997 high school graduates are eligible to attend. The fees are $295 for overnighters and $250 for commuters.

Baylor head baseball coach Steve Smith will serve as camp director. Smith played for the Bears in the 1982-83 season and was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the 1983 free agent draft. He ended his professional career with the Class AAA Phoenix Firebirds in 1986 and graduated from Baylor University the same year. He served for five years as the top assistant for Mississippi State and directed the baseball camps there that drew more than 1,000 campers each summer. Smith has completed his third season as Baylor baseball coach and he is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He created Baylor's first baseball support group, "Heart of the Order," which helps bring fans and alumni closer to the Baylor baseball program.

Mitch Thompson and Steve Johnigan, Baylor baseball assistant coaches, will serve as the co-directors for the camps. Tommy Pharr, a Baylor baseball staff member, will serve as the assistant coach. Top college, junior college and high school coaches from across the country will assist, as well as current Baylor baseball players. The camp is designed to maintain a 10-to-1 camper to coach ratio.

For an application or more information, call 755-3029.

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