Oct. 3, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After a one-year absence due to rain, the annual UC Santa Barbara baseball Alumni Game, traditionally scheduled for January, will return on October 13th, 2007 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The game will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1983 UCSB team that used a late-season surge to win the Southern California Baseball Association title and come within two wins of the College World Series.
The shift of the Alumni Game to the fall was necessitated when the NCAA passed legislation that moved the start of spring practice to February 1 and the start of regular season games to late-February.
UCSB will debut a new alumni game format in which the first game of the day will be an old timers game featuring alumni from 1967-72 against the alums from the 1983 team that went 44-22 overall and 22-6 in league play. That team won a one game playoff over Cal State Fullerton to win the league title.
"That was a very special team and a very special season," said current Gaucho head coach Bob Brontsema, the starting second baseman on the 1983 team. "Almost 25 years have passed and the memories of 1983 are still very strong for all of us who were a part of it. It should be a great weekend."
Following the first game, at approximately 11:30, the popular Home Run Derby will take place. The game featuring the "younger" alumni vs. the current Gaucho players will begin at about 1 p.m. A barbecue will conclude the day's events with all Gaucho players, alumni and their families welcome.
The Alumni Game and barbecue will conclude a weekend of UCSB baseball festivities that will begin with the 16th Annual Caesar Uyesaka Memorial Golf Tournament, scheduled for Thursday, October 11th at the Montecito Country Club. Information about the golf tournament can be obtained by calling Hazel Ando at 805-893-8320 or emailing her at Hazel.Ando@athletics.ucsb.edu.