Dedeaux To Be Immortalized

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USC baseball head coaching legend Rod Dedeaux, who won 11 national titles, will have a life size statue of his likeness unveiled Sunday at 11:30 a.m. before the Trojans wrap up their season-opening series against Northwestern.  Dodgers legendary skipper Tommy Lasorda, future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson and USC President C. L. Max Nikias are among the distinguished guests scheduled to appear at the ceremony honoring Dedeaux on the eve of what would have been his 100th birthday.

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As the Trojan head coach for 45 seasons (1942-86), Dedeaux finished with a career record of 1,332-571-11 (.699 winning percentage), won an unprecedented 11 national titles (including five consecutive) and 28 conference titles. He has received countless honors, including being named national Coach of the Year six times and has been inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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