The University of Vermont Baseball Program has a long, proud tradition dating back to the 1880’s. During this period, hundreds of Vermont high school graduates have donned the Green and Gold representing not only UVM but also their home state of Vermont. Baseball has always been one of the most successful athletic programs at UVM. In 2009, the athletic department cut both Baseball and Softball due to budget concerns. The following facts will illustrate that this was a poor, short sighted decision.
A perfect gift for a University of Vermont Baseball alum or supporter to share in the history and restoration of Historic Centennial Field!
Centennial Field, first opening in 1906, has served as the backdrop of thousands of professional, collegiate, and local baseball memories for over a century! The Vermont Lake Monsters, along with Preservation Trust of Vermont has a created a special opportunity to become part of the legacy of this historic structure. For a one time cost $ 100, a person can be honored with a seat plaque on one of the seats currently on display at Centennial Field. Each donation is eligible for tax deduction through Preservation Trust of Vermont.
Either as a birthday, holiday, graduation or any other special occasion gift, dont miss out on this chance to be a part of the deep history of Centennial Field. For further information, or to secure your plaque, please visit:
Friends, just returned from the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting and the 1 hour and 15 minute discussion to BRING IT BACK (baseball and softball). After much questioning, discussion and listening the Resolution was a proposed as: "The Student Government Association supports the return of Division 1 baseball and softball to the University of Vermont". There were many whereas and the bottom line vote was, 32 YES, 2 no, 1 abstention. It was truly a good day for The Friends and the BRING IT BACK movement. Congratulations for all that you have done since our group was founded back in 2009. Again we all know that it is not going to happen next week, next month probably not next year, however "the train keeps going in the right direction".
Be well, Jim
The UVM Club baseball team will be hosting the first "Friends of Vermont Baseball Invitational" tournament.
Friday September 19 - 4pm: SMC vs Lyndon State
followed by Lyndon State vs The Club Team
Sunday - noon: SMC vs The Black Sox
followed by The Black Sox vs The Club Team
The annual Calcutta will be held this year on March 22nd from 4-8pm at Finnigans Pub in Burlington VT.
- tickets are $75 with the winner getting $1000
- You and a guest are welcome and free food will be provided.
For more information contact
Jan. 8, 2014
Free Press Editorial Page Editor
University of Vermont’s failure to make a timely announcement of
Athletic Director Robert Corran’s contract extension and raise is a
disservice to Corran, the UVM community and Vermonters.
University: Salary is in line with others in two leagues
[read full article on BurlingtonFreePress website]
Robert Corran, the University of Vermont’s athletic director since 2003, received a $35,000 increase — about 18 percent — in his annual salary when he signed a three-year contract extension earlier this year, a public-records request by the Burlington Free Press reveals.
Last Thursday John Packard and Jim Carter, members of the Friends of UVM Baseball, met with UVM President Tom Sullivan to discuss direction that the Friends should take in bringing baseball back to UVM. After a hour of discussion, with President Sullivan being a very good listener, said, "we will continue to discuss the issue". One of our members will continue to meet with the Administration to see what is the next step to BRING IT BACK.
One of of stated goals for the Friends is the return of the High School State Championships to Centennial Field. As a high school Junior I played in the Class L (now Division 1) State Championship for Windsor High against Spaulding High of Barre. Although we lost 3-2 playing on Centennial Field was one of my biggest high school thrills. I will add we won the next year playing at Norwich University, and although winning is always satisfying, it did not have the ambience that is created at Centennial.
On June 8th and 9th of 2012 the Friends along with the Vermont Lake Monsters, in conjunction with the Vermont Principals Association, hosted the High School State Championships at Centennial. It was truly a celebration of baseball to witness the return to Centennial. The Lake Monsters and the VPA were thrilled with the 2 day event and plan to host it again this year.
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