Cal To Celebrate Milano, Three CWS Teams Saturday
BERKELEY – California baseball will celebrate Hall of Fame head coach Bob Milano and members of his three College World Series teams (1980, 1988, 1992) on Saturday. An on-field ceremony will take place prior to the Golden Bears' game against No. 13 UCLA at 3 p.m. PDT.
Milano is one of four Golden Bears to have his game jersey (No. 7) retired after being a part of the Cal baseball program as a player, assistant coach and head coach for a span of 29 years. He retired after the 1999 season as the program's all-time winningest coach with 688 victories and is a 2004 Cal Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame inductee and two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1980, '92).
In addition to leading Cal to three College World Series appearances in 1980, '88 and '92, Milano's Bears reached six NCAA Regionals and captured the 1980 Pac-10 Southern Division title. Milano served as head coach of the U.S. National Team in 1997 and was an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988.
Cal's 1980 squad was one of the greatest in program history, finishing third at the College World Series while racking up 44 wins, which remains a school record. The team went 10-3 in the postseason with eight of those 10 wins coming in elimination games. The Bears placed seventh at the College World Series in both 1988 and 1992 and posted records of 40-25 and 35-28 in those seasons, respectively.
Included on Milano's three CWS teams were Cal Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Rod Booker ('80), Jeff Kent ('89), Matt Luke ('92), Todd Mayo ('89), Jon Zuber ('92) and many other Golden Bear greats.
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