Sun Devil Baseball Dedicated Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark
Jan. 25, 2006
Tempe, Ariz. - On Friday, January 20, Arizona State University honored former baseball coach Dr. Jim Brock by officially dedicating the baseball facility Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Hundreds of former ASU baseball players returned to Tempe for Alumni weekend to honor the man who coached Arizona State baseball for 23 years. From 1972 to 1994, Brock led the Sun Devils to 1,100 wins, 13 College World Series appearances and two National Championships (1977 and 1981). He coached numerous Major Leaguers and All-Americans and left an indelible mark on Arizona State University Baseball.
'The new name encompasses the three foundations of our program and we are very honored to pay tribute to a man that meant so much to Sun Devil Baseball,' said current head baseball coach Pat Murphy. 'Jim Brock helped perpetuate the tradition of excellence created by Bobby Winkles and deserves to have his name prominently associated with every aspect of our program.'
'We have been fortunate over the past few years to have added some of the best player facilities in the country,' added Murphy. 'In the coming years, we plan to add tribute areas throughout the ballpark to recognize the special components that make Arizona State Baseball one of the greatest traditions in the country. We would also like to thank the Packard Family for their constant dedication to ASU Baseball and for helping with this process.'
Dr. Brock touched many people's lives during his time at Arizona State, and some shared their fondest memories on Friday night. Alvin Davis, who was a member of the 1981 National Champions, Tim Esmay, who played and coached under Brock and is currently an assistant on Pat Murphy's staff and Tim Tyers, who covered ASU baseball for the Arizona Republic, all spoke at the event, which was held at the baseball facility.
After the speeches were given, the new signage on the front gate was unveiled, officially re-naming the facility Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Members of the Brock family were each presented with a plaque bearing Brock's #33 to commemorate the event. Everyone one in attendance agreed that it was a wonderful tribute to a man who devoted his life to Arizona State University. Brock battled cancer throughout the 1994 season and passed away just days after the College World Series that year. Brock coached a handful of Sun Devil legends, including first-round draft picks Eddie Bane, Floyd Bannister, Bob Horner, Hubie Brooks, Oddibe McDowell, Barry Bonds and Mike Kelly. All three of ASU's Golden Spikes Award winners (Horner, McDowell, Kelly) also played under Brock.
He was inducted into the ABCA College Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 and was the 1977 and 1981 NCAA Coach of the Year. Additionally, Brock was a five-time winner of the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award (1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1993). Brock was an alumnus of Arizona State University, earning three degrees including a bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree.