In 2009, UVM got rid of its baseball and softball programs due to financial cuts and some groups are lobbying to bring it back.
With a new athletic director on the horizon, many involved in the process of returning baseball to the University of Vermont are hoping for positive changes in the near future.
Go to the UVM Cynic website to read more
We have met 58 times (nearly every month)
Met with AD Corran - Packard
Met with AD Corran - Hockenbury, Davis, Packard
Met with VP Gustafson - Davis/Carter
Met with President Sullivan - Packard/Carter
UVM Board of Trustees vote to reinstate baseball/softball - May 16, 2009
Students: Maulucci, Roberts, Sullivan, Bernard met with AD Corran
Celebration of 1893 UVM Team - Riverside Avenue - April, 2011
Commemorate Athletic Park (Charlebois) Historic Site Marker
150+ BRING IT BACK lawn signs
60 BRING IT BACK Banners - High school/little league fields
BRING IT BACK banners on 2 CCTA busses
Vermont Baseball Invitational 2014 and 2015 (Centennial Field)
Vermont H S State Baseball Championships 2013, 2014, 2015 (Centennial Field)
Financial and emotional support of UVM Club Baseball Team
New uniforms, equipment, game balls, field rental, barbecue ...
WCAX - “The 30” - Hockenbury/Carter
WVMT - 3 times - Carter
101.3 fm - Carter
2 letters in Burlington Free Press
2 letters in Burlington Free Press (not published)
Vermont Public Television Roundtable
Channel 17 Roundtable - 3 times
Vermont House of Representatives Resolution
UVM Student Government Association Resolution
WDEV - Mark Johnson Show - Sissons/Carter
2 News articles- UVM Cynic
Friends of UVM Baseball members biographies to President Sullivan
BRING IT BACK T-shirts
Friends of UVM Baseball slickers
BRING IT BACK bumper stickers
Friends of UVM Baseball table at Lake Monster games
BRING IT BACK business cards
30 second “advertisement” - Essex Cinema
5 Alumni “games”
Alumni mixer - 2013
Video (6 minutes) “BRING IT BACK”
Numerous hard copy mailings to UVM President, Trustees, Athletic Director
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With the recent announcement in the Free Press (10/23, 10/24) of UVM Athletic Director Bob Corran retiring, we would hope that the National Search Committee would look to a qualified Vermonter to be interviewed for that position. We feel that UVM has over the past 10 years years become less and less of "Vermont Athletic School". The 2015 UVM fall teams of Field Hockey, Men and Womens's Soccer and Men and Women's Cross Country have a total roster of 130 athletes with 16 Vermonters (12%). The Friends of UVM Baseball has since February 20, 2009 keep the fire going to BRING IT BACK for baseball. UVM baseball over the years always had between 25% and 50% Vermont High School graduates on the roster. Under Vermont High School graduates; Coaches Ralph Lapointe (Winooski High) Jack Leggett (South Burlington High) and Bill Currier (Essex Junction High) the UVM teams were very competitive over the past 60 years. Centennial Field is considered by many to be the finest collegiate baseball field in New England. UVM baseball was suspended once before in the 1970's and reinstated. It is time to BRING IT BACK. For more information of the Friends of UVM Baseball go to our website: friendsofuvmbaseball.com
The FRIENDS OF VERMONT BASEBALL INVITATIONAL got under way Friday at historic Centennial Field with St. Michael's beating the Black Sox 5-4 in a well played game. In the nightcap the Club Team treated the event as a "scrimmage" with everyone playing and a different pitcher (7) each inning, St. Mike's won 11-0. The ambiance of the setting, the logistics were awesome. Thanks the Friends for their efforts and talents for putting on this event.
Friends, went to the Vermont Mountaineers game last night in
Montpelier. What a community, step back in time production the
Mountaineers staff puts on and a very good "product" on the field.
Brian Gallagher, General Manager of the Mountaineers, the past 2 years
has put our BRING IT BACK (previously on the CCTA busses) on the Press
Box. This year he has placed it on the side of the stadium where
EVERYONE coming into Recreation Field can see it. Awesome spot. Thanks Brian.
Also thanks Kyle for allowing us to put the BRING IT BACK banner on
the outfield fence at Centennial for the high school state
championships this past weekend. Jim Carter
Friends, what an effort by Kyle Bostwick and the Lake Monsters ground crew and staff in putting on this past weekends Vermont High School Baseball State Championships at Centennial. Just a sensational experience for those high school kids and their fans. Can you imagine being 16 years old and coming up from Ludlow (Black River Academy), being introduced to the crowd, with your picture on the video-tron and playing in your state's high school championship. A lifetime experience. We, the Friends, can be proud that with the support and cooperation of the Lake Monsters, 3 years ago, were instrumental in bringing the championships back to Centennial. Congratulations!
Friends, lets take a look at the UVM athletic year (2014/15) and
records of the 18 teams.
Just east of campus sits a piece of history. It’s fair to assume that many students will never visit Centennial Field, let alone understand what it’s meant to generations of students and Vermonters alike.
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Jim Carter will be on the local 101.3 local ESPN show Saturday at 11am. Listen or call in 655 6672. Topics are Club Team activities and BRING IT BACK momentum. The Club Team is scrimmaging at Rice Saturday at 1pm.
We had a terrific Calcutta on Saturday at Finnigan's. A boisterous but civil crowd was assembled. Many of the Friend's members participated either by selling tickets (we sold out before the Calcutta), buying tickets or getting "door prizes'". Thank you to Daren, Barry C., Jeff D. Rick F., Hock, Tom, Mike, Steve, Bob, Kyle, Rick H, Mark, John, Don, Pete, Peter, John, TJ and Paul for your support. Hope I didn't miss someone. We have $6500 in hand with 10 folks that I should get their $75 this week. I was pleased that so many Club Team members bought or sold tickets and showed up. In talking with some of you last night our next step will be get some key Friend members and a few students to meet with the "right" UVM Administrators and tell them of our "recent activities and traction". We are not going away! Having 7 of the legislators that are also UVM Board of Trustees sign the House of Representatives Resolution was a key development. Also thank the following "door prize" donors for the their contribution.