Baseball To Honor Sun Devil Greats Alvin Davis and Kevin Romine This Weekend
May 8, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Surrounding the 25th anniversary of the 1981 National Championship team, Arizona State University baseball will retire the numbers of two key members of that team, Alvin Davis (#9) and Kevin Romine (#12), in a pre-game ceremony on May 14th at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils will take on the Oregon State Beavers at 1 p.m. that afternoon, the finale of a three-game Pac-10 series featuring two Top 25 programs.
Davis and Romine will become the 15th and 16th players to have their numbers retired by the baseball program. They join coaches Bobby Winkles (#1) and Jim Brock (#33), as well as former players Oddibe McDowell (#0), Bob Horner (#5), Sal Bando (#6), Alan Bannister (#7), Hubie Brooks (#7), Larry Gura (#14), Paul Lo Duca (#16), Floyd Bannister (#19), Eddie Bane (#21), Barry Bonds (#24), Rick Monday (#27) and Reggie Jackson (#44). A pregame ceremony will include the unveiling of the wall placards as well as the presentation of a framed jerseys to both Davis and Romine, who are also in the Arizona State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
'I'm excited for what will certainly be a great day for Sun Devil Baseball,' said Head Coach Pat Murphy. 'By retiring Alvin and Kevin's numbers, we are able to recognize two of the most outstanding men to ever wear the maroon and gold.'
'We're fortunate to have had many special players come through this program, but when you look at the accomplishments of these two here at ASU and then in the Major Leagues, it's obvious that these men stand among the elite. They are also two of the finest gentlemen you'll ever meet and I'm very proud to recognize them this weekend.'
Davis hit .362 over his four years in Tempe, collecting 200 RBI, seventh most in ASU history. The Riverside, Calif. product was named to the 1981 All-College World Series Team following ASU's 7-4 championship clinching victory over Oklahoma State. Davis was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round of the 1982 Draft. He made his MLB debut in 1984, earning an appearance in that season's All-Star Game. After slugging 27 home runs and knocking 116 RBI during his first season, he was named the 1984 American League Rookie of the Year. Davis played nine years in the majors, including eight with the Mariners and one with the Angels. Mr. Mariner, as he was known, was the first inductee into Seattle's Hall of Fame in 1997.
Romine, from Exeter, N.H., has the highest career batting average in Sun Devil history, batting .408 over his two seasons in Tempe. He is also ASU's leader in career stolen bases (86), including a single-season record 59 in 1981. Romine was a second round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox in the 1982 draft, playing seven seasons for the team. Kevin's son Andrew is currently a short stop for ASU, wearing his father's #12.
In honor of the 1981 team, the 2006 Sun Devil squad will wear special throwback jerseys and hats in their game against the Beavers as part of the annual 'Shirt Off Our Back Day' promotion. Following the game, the jerseys will be raffled off to fans. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at the Friday and Saturday night Oregon State games, and up until 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 each, or five for $20. Jersey winners will be announced throughout the game and will have a chance to get their jersey autographed following the contest.