May 5, 2011

Grambling Baseball Legends to Be Honored In Renaming Baseball Complex and Field

GSU Legend Wilbert Ellis receives alumni game plaque.GRAMBLING, LA — “It’s a great day in America at GSU Where Everybody Is Somebody,” as retired baseball coach Wilbert Ellis would put it. The Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System approved the renaming of Grambling State University baseball stadium naming it “Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones Park and Wilbert Ellis Field.” Dr. Pogue, Grambling president requested the approval to take place at the April board meeting. “Two great men one of which is still with us have helped mold the university into what it is today. I applaud them immensely for their courage, strength and love for Grambling State University,” says President Pogue with a smile.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m thrilled and excited, words cannot express how I feel about such an honor and to be listed along with President Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones “Prez.” I would like to thank Dr. Frank Pogue, for his vision and his insight to continue to carry on the tradition and legacy at Grambling State University. Thank God for President Jones, Coach Eddie Robinson, Dr. Joseph Johnson, Dr. Favors and Dr. Warner for allowing me to have a long and exciting career at Grambling State University. “Its Grambling, its Grambling, its Grambling,”” says Wilbert Ellis.

The university will hold an official naming ceremony on Thursday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the newly named stadium followed by a reception in the Atrium near the Black and Gold Room, Favrot Student Union. Wrapping up the afternoon festivities the GSU Tigers baseball team will play host to an exhibition game at 4:00 p.m.

*Photos below.
Prez surrounded by team.
GSU President Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones “Prez” surrounded by team.
GSU Legend Wilbert Ellis at Baseball field. GSU President Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones
GSU Legend Wilbert Ellis at the Baseball field.           “Prez” in baseball uniform

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