Alumni Game Set For February 13
Feb. 1, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- The USC baseball team will participate in its 2011 Alumni Game on Sunday (February 13) at Dedeaux Field with a first pitch of 4 p.m. The game will feature two significant pregame ceremonies prior to the game.
Former USC head coach Mike Gillespie will be in attendance as the scoreboard will officially be renamed the Mike Gillespie Scoreboard. Gillespie, who was a player on USC's 1961 national championship, spent 20 seasons as USC's head coach (1987-2006). He led USC as head coach to the 1998 national championship, as well as four trips to the College World Series during his tenure.
The second ceremony will feature the renaming of the batting cages at Dedeaux Field in honor of the Boone family, including former USC players Aaron and Bret Boone. The Boone family became the first family in baseball history to send three generations to the major league All-Star Game (grandfather, Ray, and father, Bob). The batting cages will feature the names of all four Boone members.
Bret Boone played at USC from 1988-90 while his brother Aaron played at USC from 1992-94. Both played in the 2003 All-Star Game as a total of five former Trojans (Geoff Jenkins, Barry Zito and Mark Prior) participated in the game.
The 1961 national championship team will be honored that weekend, including a halftime ceremony on Saturday (Feb. 12) during the USC-Oregon men's basketball game at the Galen Center.
The Alumni Game will be split into a three-inning game between the "oldtimers" and a five-inning game between the younger Trojan alumni and 2011 Trojans.
Any former USC baseball alumni who wish to participate in the game can contact the baseball office at (213) 740-5762 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).