Baseball Season Kicks Off With Annual Alumni Game
Jan. 23, 2002
Alumni day: The 2002 UCLA Bruins begin play with the annual Alumni Game Saturday, January 26 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.Batting practice begins at 10:30 a.m. before formal festivities kick off around 11:30 a.m., with former Bruins now in professional baseball taking part in a home run contest.Last year, Eric Valent edged 2000 American League Home Run Champion Troy Glaus and Oakland A's outfielder Eric Byrnes, hitting five long balls.Around noon, the 'Old-Timers' game will take place, featuring four innings of play between those former Bruins 30 years or older.After the 'Old-Timers' game, there will be a short ceremony to honor the members of the 2002 UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame class.The UCLA 2002 squad will square off against the UCLA Pros (former Bruins now playing professionally) at 2:00 p.m.
Here are the former Bruins who could participants on this year's UCLA Pro team, including the organization in which they currently play:
Jon Brandt (Padres), Ryan Carter (Phillies), Mike Fyhrie (Athletics), Rob Henkel (Marlins), Tom Jacquez (Phillies), Josh Karp (Expos), Mike Magnante (Athletics), Jake Meyer (Mariners), Jim Parque (White Sox), Gabe Sollecito (Cubs), Kevin Sheredy (Cardinals), Brian Stephenson (Dodgers), Peter Zamora (Phillies).
Garrett Atkins (Rockies), Josh Canales (Dodgers), Troy Glaus (Angels), Eric Karros (Dodgers), Chris Pritchett (Angels), Jack Santora (Diamondbacks), Randall Shelley (Rangers), Eric Reece (Devil Rays), Nick Theodorou (Dodgers), Chase Utley (Phillies), Todd Zeile (Rockies).
Brian Baron (Twins), Eric Byrnes (Athletics), Ryan McGuire (Marlins), Matt Pearl (Cardinals), Dave Roberts (Dodgers), Bill Scott (Brewers), Eric Valent (Phillies).
Tim DeCinces (Padres), Ryan Hamill (Cardinals), Bill Haselman (Rangers), Forrest Johnson (Tigers), Adam Melhuse (Rockies).
2002 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Five former Bruins will be inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 26. There will be a short ceremony between the Old-Timers game and the Pros vs. 2002 game.
Ray Arrington was one of UCLA's all-time great defensive centerfielders, lettering for the Bruins in the 1965 and 1966 seasons. He led the Bruins with a .324 batting average in 1966, and hit five home runs with 35 RBI and 13 stolen bases as a lead-off hitter. His .348 average was second on the team in 1965, and he also had seven home runs, 48 RBI and nine stolen bases. After graduating from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Academy in 1969, Arrington was a Deputy Sheriff in Los Angeles County for 21 years.
Guy Hansen was one of the leading pitchers oon UCLA's first College World Series team in 1969. He played from 1967 through 1969, winning 22 games, and appearing in 73. He struck out 246 batters, and was rewarded after the 1969 season by being drafted by the Kansas City Royals. He played three seasons of minor league ball, including a selection to the California League All-Star team in 1970 after going 7-3 with a 1.86 ERA for San Jose. After his playing days, he turned to coaching and scouting. He spent four seasons as a pro scout for the Major League Scouting Bureau, and then moved to the Kansas City Royals organization where he signed Bret Saberhagen, Kevin Appier and former Bruins Jeff Conine and Sean Berry. He spent several years as a pitching coach for minor league teams before serving as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals from 1991-93. After serving as a National Crosschecker for the Royals for two seasons, he returned to the coaching field as the Bullpen Coach in 1996-97.
Billy Haselman played for the Bruins in the 1986 and 1987 seasons, earning First-team Freshman All-American honors after leading the Bruins with a .364 batting average in 1986. His home runs (11) and RBI (44) are the most by a UCLA freshman ever. In 1987, he was selected All-Pac-10 and All-District Elite Eight team after hitting .304 with 51 RBI, 53 runs and nine home runs. In his two seasons in Westwood, he hit .323 with 20 home runs and 95 RBI in 109 games. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1987 season, and was called up to the Major Leagues in 1990. In 1993 he played his first full season in the majors for the Seattle Mariners, leading AL Rookie catchers in total chances and ranked second in total games. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1995, and started 36 games, batting .243. In 1998 he returned to Texas and hit a career-high .314 in 40 games. He played the 1999 season in Detroit before his third stint with the Rangers in 2000, the first player in Texas history to spent three separate tours of duty with the team. He started 54 games at catcher, hitting .275 with a career-high 18 doubles. Last season, he hit .318 for the Rangers.
Richard Lee (Rick) Kester pitched for UCLA from 1965-1967. As a freshman in 1965, he led the team in innings pitched, and as a sophomore, his 36 appearances led the team and is third all-tim in UCLA single season history. He compiled a 2.61 ERA in 1966, before being named UCLA Pitcher of the Year in 1967. He amassed a 10-2 record with 104 strikeouts and a 2.35 ERA. He signed with the Atlanta Braves in 1967 and won his first game as a professional by pitching a shut out in the AA Texas League. After playing for the AAA Richmond Braves in 1968, he was called up in September to the major leagues. From 1968-72 he shared time between Atlanta and Richmond before a shoulder injury ended his career in 1972. He is the Director of Business Services in the Douglas County School District.
Kenneth Proctor was a member of UCLA's Pacific Atlantic Conference and Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association's Championship Team in 1944, batting .340. He spent the next two years serving in the US Navy before he returned to Westwood in 1947. He had a career batting average of .324 and a career fielding percentage of .985 as a four-year letterwinner from 1947-49. After his playing career, he spent 14 years as a teacher, coach and administrator at Chaffey High School in Ontario, California. In 1956, he won his first of three consecutive CIF Championships, the only coach in CIF history to do so. He was named CIF Coach of the Year in 1957 and compiled a record of 187-30. He worked as a scout for the Baltimore Orioles from 1958-61, and in 1960, wrote a book titled 'Successful Baseball.' That year, he was named 'Sportsman of the Year' by Inland Empire Sports Writers.
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