Former Cal Baseball Coach Bob Milano to be Honored Apr. 12
April 8, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - Former Cal baseball coach, Bob Milano (1978-1999), will be honored Saturday, Apr. 12 on Bob Milano Day, as the Golden Bear coaching legend will have his No. 7 jersey retired in a 1 p.m. ceremony prior to the Arizona State-Cal baseball game at Evans Diamond.
Milano was directly involved in the Cal baseball program for 29 years - catching for the Bears from 1960-61, acting as a varsity assistant from 1962-63, assisting head coach Jackie Jensen from 1974-77, and then taking over the head coaching duties in 1978. During his 22 years as Cal's head baseball coach, Milano led the Bears to a Pac-10 Southern Division title in 1980, six NCAA Regional berths and College World Series appearances in 1980, 1988 and 1992. He concluded his coaching career on May 17, 1999 with a 688-644-4 record, which also included two Pac-10 Southern Division Co-Coach of the Year awards (1980, 1992).
Milano's coaching career not only featured three College World Series appearances, including a third place national finish in 1980, but a stint as the USA National Team head coach in 1997 and a Olympic gold medal as a assistant coach for Team USA in 1988. He was also a assistant athletic director at Cal from 1974-78 and a member of the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee. A list of players who passed through Cal baseball under Milano include major leaguers Rod Booker, Lance Blankenship, Jerry Goff, Darren Lewis, Jeff Kent, Geoff Blum and Xavier Nady, among others.
Milano is the fourth person associated with Cal baseball to have his number retired, joining coach Clint Evan's No. 13 (1930-54), coach George Wolfman's No. 66 (1955-73) and Lance Blankenship's No. 12 (1983-86).