February 1, 2020, on the Shaw Campus:
ALUMNI BASEBALLERS WOW FANS
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More than three dozen former Eagle baseball players flashed their old diamond brilliance and stretched their aging muscles at the 2020 Alumni Baseball Game sponsored by the Talon Club at Father Leo Winterscheidt Stadium on the Shaw campus on Saturday February 1st. An estimated 300 students, alumni, fans and supporters witnessed former Eagle stars from odd-numbered graduating years squeak out a victory over an equally star-studded team comprised of graduates of even-numbered class years. The score was 15-0.
Following prayer and an invocation by Shaw Director Father Lou Molinelli and the singing of the National Anthem, the shout of “play ball” was heard from the booming voice of celebrity umpire Tommy Connors Sr., father of current Eagles football coach Tommy Connors Jr. In the introduction of one of the best remembered players, fans heard the field announcer say over the loudspeaker, “Perhaps the odd-numbered team enjoys a slight advantage on the mound,” referring to starting right-handed pitcher J.P. France ‘13, a former Tulane and Mississippi State University hurler, now working his way up the Houston Astros farm system. One hitter left frozen at the plate by a France fastball was heard to say, “That sounded like a strike.” Other alums enjoyed greater success at the plate. Jarrett Falcon ‘04, now a lawyer, told one fan: “Did you see that single I got? That just about doubles my entire hit production while I played at Shaw.” See a full roster of the names of all ex-Eagles participating in the game below.
The Talon Club is a group of Eagle alumni baseball players, fans and friends of America’s past-time who support the Shaw baseball team through fundraising, family-friendly events and Christian brotherhood camaraderie, all designed to pump money and enthusiasm into making the Shaw baseball program the finest in the Catholic League. Coordinated by Jeff Langford ‘94 and Ryan Duver ‘98 and working closely with the parents’ baseball boosters group, the Diamond Club and its President Paul Smith, the Talon Club hosts baseball game tailgating, the annual Alumni Baseball Game and family fun events of all kinds, featuring food, drink and hot stove talk. Through its activities, the club hopes to attract and welcome baseball playing youngsters and other prospective students in the West Bank community to our campus and facilities so that they can feel and enjoy the welcoming and fun atmosphere of Eagle baseball. The club is particularly enthused by the return to Shaw of Coach Doug Faust for the 2020 season after a seven-year stint as head coach at Loyola University. Coach Faust’s previous Shaw baseball tenure from 2008 to 2012 produced the 2008 State Runner-up trophy, two district championships, five playoff appearances and an overall 98-68-3 record.
All funds raised by and donated to the Talon Club flow through the club’s separately designated component of the Archbishop Shaw High School Alumni Association, Inc. 501(c)(3) at the Homebank branch in Harvey LA. The account will direct funds directly to the Archbishop Shaw High School baseball program for capital projects and improvements in whatever ways our coach sees fit. Short-term goals include moving the outfield fence to the coach’s specifications, installing a “Green Monster” centerfield wall and building a separate locker room and clubhouse for the team. Ambitious long-term goals include construction of a state-of-the-art baseball complex down the rightfield line, development of an Eagle Vision Sports streaming service produced entirely by students and establishment of a self-sufficient program-financed endowment for student scholarships and future support of the program.
JOIN US through your direct donations or by participating in any of our
activities. Contact Jeff at Jefflangfor@gmail.com or Ryan at email@example.com
Fans and supporters enjoyed not only the play on the field but also jambalaya, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, fried fish, shrimp and frog’s legs, soft drinks and cold beer for those over 21. Baseball team apparel and other memorabilia were available for purchase. Strikes, balls, hits, runs, outs, walks, putouts (and perhaps an error or two) were recorded by the players. But the most important things achieved at the game were the intangibles of nostalgia, brotherhood and feeling young again in the warm, safe and friendly confines of the Shaw campus and baseball facility.
Alumni Association Executive Board
Jeremy Callegan ‘02, President; John Dalton ‘92; Mike Fahrenholt ‘91; CraigHebert ‘03;
Steven Marque ‘96; WayneTheriot ‘69; Joe Miller ‘71; Willie Marque ‘72; Tom Cortazzo ‘80;
Lloyd Songy ‘09; Brandon Surrency ‘09; Jason Brown‘92; Daniel Hill ‘92; Brad Perque ‘00;
Travis Eden ‘90; Kyle Gaudet ‘05; Alex Rutledge ‘09
© Archbishop Shaw Alumni Association 2020