Jan. 21, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State baseball program will unofficially kick off the 2002 season this weekend with its annual Alumni Weekend. The festivities will start Friday with the 12th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament at Karsten Golf Course starting at 12:30 p.m. The golf tournament will be the precursor to the annual Alumni Game and Vintage Batting Practice that will be held Saturday (Jan. 26) at Packard Stadium. First pitch for the alumni game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Admission to the game is free of charge this year.
This year's alumni weekend will also pay special tribute to the 1977 NCAA Championship team that recorded a 57-12 record and featured eventual major league players Bob Horner, Chris Bando, Hubie Brooks, Rick Peters and Jamie Allen.
Former Sun Devils who highlight the list of players returning for the ASU Baseball Alumni Weekend include legendary head coach Bobby Winkles, current Los Angeles Dodger Paul Lo Duca, former major leaguers Horner, Brooks, Ken Phelps, Sterling Slaughter, Jim Otten, Eddie Bane, Duffy Dyer, and Floyd Bannister, current Seattle Mariner prospect Willie Bloomquist and recent top draft picks Jon Switzer, Ryan Bradley and Dan McKinley. Also participating will be the father/son duo of Clint and Casey Myers, Mike Lopez, Dave Graybill, Greg Cochran, Jim Armstrong, Brooks Conrad, Eric Doble, Danny Ikeda, Bert Martinez, Blas Minor, Mikel Moreno and Michael Collins.
Included in this year's events is a book signing for The Maroon & Gold: a History of Sun Devil Athletics with author Bob Eger and legendary former ASU Baseball coaches Bobby Winkles and Bill Kajikawa. The book signing will run from 1 p.m. up to first pitch of the alumni weekend.
All interested alumni who would like to take part in the weekend festivities should contact Chris Holick, ASU Director of Baseball Operations, at 480-965-7952.
The Sun Devils, ranked 18th in the Baseball America preseason poll, officially begin the 2002 season on Jan. 31 with a non-conference game with Oregon State (4 p.m.) at Hohokam Park in Mesa.