USA debuts “Ring of Honor”
Monday, 30 April 2012 21:04
At this weekend’s South Alabama vs. Florida International baseball game, the University of South Alabama cut the ribbon on the new “ring of honor.”
The ceremony started at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The “Ring of Honor” is placed behind the third base dug out of Stanky Field at the South Alabama campus.
The “ring” is a symbol that commemorates the rich history of the South Alabama baseball program. Part of the history is legendary South Alabama baseball coach Steve Kittrell, who retired after the 2011 season.
Kittrell is one of the most winning coaches in college baseball history and came one win from the college baseball world series on six different occasions.
Other notable alumni of the baseball program include major league baseball players Marlon Anderson, Jon Lieber, P.J. Walker, Adam Lind, and most notably Luis Gonzales and Juan Pierre.
Gonzales is remembered most for hitting the game winning hit in the 2001 world series, defeating the Yankees when he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pierre was part of the 2003 world series champion Florida Marlins. While at South Alabama, Pierre won the Sun Belt conference player of the year in 1998.
The “Ring of Honor” will serve as a reminder of not only the last, but the future as well as the baseball program continues to grow and produce great players and coaches.