Wednesday, April 4, 2012

30 Clubs in 30 Days, Bonus - Columbia University

You won’t be able to find my name or my stats listed anywhere in the archives of the Columbia University Sports Information Department. My navy blue batting practice jersey and my best friend who now lives in Tampa Bay, FL are the only ties to my collegiate baseball career, which officially consisted of two innings of one game played, two putouts (one on a diving catch in foul territory along the third base line), one plate appearance, zero hits (I grounded into a fielder’s choice), zero runs and zero runs batted in.

Yes it’s a humble career stat line, but at least I can say that I played for the same university as the legendary Lou Gehrig. My dorm room over looked the South Field where he once played wearing Columbia blue. The baseball field has moved, but I did play Whiffle Ball with my friends on the lawn that remains in its stead.

Footnote: One of my Columbia teammates was a future major leaguer, Frank Seminara, who finished seventh in the 1992 NL Rookie of the Year voting and pitched for the Padres and Mets during his career.