Unveiling Ceremony for Statue of Legendary Head Baseball Coach Rod Dedeaux Set for Feb. 16|
Jan. 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES - On the day before what would be legendary USC baseball head coach Rod Dedeaux's 100th birthday, USC will be unveiling a full-sized statue of the iconic coach at Dedeaux Field on Sunday, February 16 at 11:30 a.m. PT.
The ceremony will be in advance of the Trojans 1 p.m. PT game vs. Nortwestern. USC President C.L. Max Nikias will be on hand to help deidicate the statue. Many former Trojan players will be in attendance, along with legendary Dodgers manager and Dedeaux friend Tommy Lasorda, former major leaguer and baseball student-athlete during Dedeaux's tenure Randy Johnson, members of the Dedeaux Family and current Trojan head coach Dan Hubbs.
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. He also earned the ABCA Lefty Gomez Award and the U.S. Baseball Federation's W.P. "Dutch" Fehring Award of Merit for outstanding service to the sport. For his extensive resume of success, Dedeaux was named "Coach of the Century" by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
Dedeaux was a leader and a teacher of life lessons, mentoring and inspiring generations of young men both on and off the field. He helped to develop 59 major leaguers, including top stars such as Tom Seaver, Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Fred Lynn, Dave Kingman, Roy Smalley, Don Buford, Ron Fairly, Rich Dauer, Steve Busby, Jim Barr and Steve Kemp.
An ambassador of the sport, Dedeaux spearheaded the development of amateur baseball nationally and internationally. He was instrumental in bringing baseball to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as a demonstration sport and coached the silver medal-winning U.S. team. He also coached the U.S. amateur team that played in Tokyo in conjunction with the 1964 Olympics. Dedeaux also founded the USA-Japan Collegiate World Series in 1972.
Dedeaux played baseball at USC and was a three-time letterwinner as the starting shortstop from 1933-35. He played briefly in the major leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935.