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'Dobson Field' dedication a home run

Oklahoma Christian University officially dedicated its new baseball facility, Max and Ramona Dobson Field, in a special on-campus ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 20. On a picture-perfect September day, the entire event was a memorable one for all.

“Coach Dobson will always be my coach and it was a great joy to honor him and Ramona with this day,” OC head baseball coach Chuck White said. “This was truly a great day and I want to thank all the alumni and supporters who came out and made this whole event so special.”

A total of 43 former Eagle baseball players arrived at 10 a.m. for an “old-timers’” game. The group then went to OC’s new on-campus outdoor pavilion, Lawson Commons, for a hot dog and hamburger lunch.

At 1:30, the official dedication ceremony took place. White served as the master of ceremonies, while Executive Vice President Al Branch and President Mike O’Neal spoke on the successful return of OC baseball and the importance of the program in shaping young Christian men.

Todd Dobson spoke on the example his father has set for so many, then White introduced Max Dobson to a standing ovation. True to form, Dobson deflected all praise and credit to others and thanked his current students and the many who were instrumental in OC’s return to the diamond.

OC’s current team, along with all alumni in attendance lined the infield grass through the ceremony’s entirety. The group included three former All-Americans in Alan Hoffhines, Mark Jackson and Clint Vaughn.

Also in attendance were 1972 team members Tony Lightsey, Tom McLemore, Dennis Morgan, and Tony Sellars. The 1972 team placed third at the NAIA World Series.

The day concluded with the current Eagles taking part in an intrasquad scrimmage.

Click here to watch a video recap of this special event. Pictures from the dedication will be available for purchase soon at www.stevenchristyphoto.com.

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