Evans Diamond To Be Renamed For Stu Gordon
BERKELEY – California's baseball stadium will have a new namesake beginning this Sunday, as the ballpark will carry the name of longtime supporter of Cal baseball and 2012 Cal Athletics Hall of Fame Service Award recipient Stu Gordon.
Formerly named Evans Diamond, the stadium will be Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium, effective Sunday. The new stadium name will be officially unveiled at 12:15 p.m. PT Sunday prior to the Golden Bears' Pac-12 game against No. 16 Arizona at 1 p.m.
"Stu and Florianne have been tremendous supporters of the Cal baseball program for many years, and to have Stu's name on this facility is a perfect way to celebrate his love and dedication to the program," Cal Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. "We are proud that future generations of Golden Bears will come to Cal to play in Stu's namesake."
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Beginning this Sunday, our ballpark will have a new namesake in honor of longtime supporter Stu Gordon!
— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) March 11, 2022
Gordon has donated $6.3 million in total to the Cal baseball program. The latest gift in a long line of Gordon's philanthropic support for the program was a $2 million gift that will fund an endowment in support of Cal baseball. His biggest impact arguably came in 2011 when he spearheaded the effort to reinstate the program after it had been a candidate to be eliminated because of budgetary constraints.
"It means so much to be recognized for all I've done for Cal baseball over the years, all of which has been done for the betterment of the program and for no personal benefit," Gordon said. "I love giving back to Cal because of the great experience I had there."
Gordon pitched for the Bears in 1961 and 1962, posting a 7-0 record on the mound as a junior. In 1971, Gordon helped found the Bear Backers organization, which has raised millions of dollars for Cal Athletics over the ensuing five-plus decades. He is a two-time recipient of the Carl Van Heuit Cal Baseball Alumnus of the Year Award and the Cal baseball team's Excellence in Leadership Award is named in his honor. On the university level, Gordon collected the Citation Award from the Berkeley Law Alumni Association in 2009 and this past year received the Chancellor's Citation for Leadership and Contributions to Cal.
"Having Stu's name on our facility is a testament to the legacy he has built within our baseball program and our athletics department at Cal," Cal head coach Mike Neu said. "We're grateful for the continuous contributions he's made to our program that have impacted past, current and future Bears. His philanthropic support is felt by everyone involved with Cal baseball."
Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium has served as the home of Cal baseball since 1933. Originally part of Edwards Field, named in the memory of Colonel George C. Edwards, Evans Diamond was named after legendary coach Clint Evans, who served at the program's helm from 1930-54 and led Cal to the first-ever College World Series title in 1947.
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