TOPEKA – Charlie Lord, former Ichabod baseball player, will throw out the first pitch at the 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5 baseball game as the Ichabods take on the Emporia State University Hornets. Lord played baseball for Washburn from 1974 to 1977 and then went on to play two seasons of Minor League baseball before getting hired in 1979 as the youth director for the YMCA of Topeka.
Since then, Lord has worked for YMCAs around the country in the last 33 years helping turn around troubled organizations. He is now the president and CEO of the YMCA of Topeka. Lord graduated Washburn in 1978 with a bachelor of education.
In Lord's four years at Washburn, he hit .335 with 14 home runs. He hit four of those home runs on the same date as the celebration, May 5, in 1976 in a doubleheader at Baker University. Lord says, “It was the greatest day of my baseball career!”
Lord will join Washburn in celebrating the rich heritage of Ichabod baseball during the game as attendees will enjoy free admission to the game, baseball memorabilia, trivia and bingo. Retro baseball hats will be on sale for $21.99, plus tax, along with other Washburn items. The first 150 people in attendance will receive a free Washburn Sesquicentennial baseball t-shirt.
The Washburn Alumni Association will host a tailgate party starting at 5 p.m. The event is free of charge to dues paid members of the Alumni Association, $5 per person for non-members and free for children 12 and younger. Hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages provided, while supplies last. Alumni Association members should bring their membership card for free admission.
Baseball was the first athletic team organized at Washburn University. The first game was played in March 1879 in a double header with the University of Kansas. The teams split, each winning one game.
The Sesquicentennial Baseball game is one of a series of events leading up to Washburn’s sesquicentennial in 2015. In honoring Washburn’s traditions, segments of the university’s history will be recognized during the school years leading up to the official sesquicentennial year. For more information visit Washburn.edu/150.
EDITORS NOTE: Lord will throw out the first pitch of the second game, of a double header being played by Washburn and Emporia that day. The first game starts at 3 p.m. and the 5 p.m. start for the second game is an estimate.
Steve Anson, head coach, Washburn baseball, 785-670-1793
Summer Harris, marketing and ticket sales coordinator, athletics, 785-670-2637
Susie Hoffmann, director, Washburn Alumni Association, 785-670-1641
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153
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