COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State’s final home Big Ten Conference weekend of the season May 9-11 vs. Illinois will be a celebration of 125 years of Ohio State baseball that will feature two legendary coaches being honored for their accomplishments.
Karow, who won a then-record 479 Ohio State games, will be only the third individual to have his jersey retired. Fred Taylor, Ohio State’s first baseball All-American, had his No. 27 retired in 2003. Steve Arlin, the great Ohio State pitcher who led the Buckeyes to back-to-back College World Series and to the 1966 CWS championship, had his jersey No. 22 retired in 2004. Karow’s jersey will be retired 33 years to the date of his last home game as coach: a 1-0 win over Michigan May 10, 1975. He passed away in 1986, three months shy of his 82nd birthday.
Todd, who has 947 career victories in this, his 25th season as a collegiate head coach, has guided Ohio State to six of its 14 Big Ten Conference championships and he has also led the team to a Big Ten record eight Big Ten tournament titles. In addition, he has led the team into 12 NCAA tournaments. Todd has done more than win championships at Ohio State, though. He was the driving force behind the fund raising efforts and the building of the majestic Bill Davis Stadium.
“The Ohio State Department of Athletics is thrilled to honor the legacy of Marty Karow by retiring his jersey,” Gene Smith, Director of Athletics, said, “and we are most proud of the lasting achievements of coach Bob Todd that have enabled him to attain the highest coaching honor possible: being enshrined into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.”
The Illinois weekend will also be an opportunity to celebrate the current student-athletes as well as the past accomplishments of those before them. Among the efforts planned for the weekend:
CWS and Big Ten Recognition Plaques
Permanent recognition will also be added to Bill Davis Stadium. The retired jersey numbers will have a permanent place on the outfield walls and jersey plaques and bios for Taylor, Arlin and Karow will be placed on one side of the arched wall in the stadium concourse.
On the other side of the arches, the side facing Borror Drive and the entrance to the stadium, Ohio State’s College World Series years 1951, 1965, 1966 and 1967 will be displayed along one end and Ohio State’s Big Ten Conference championship years 1917, 1924, 1943, 1951, 1955, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999 and 2001 will be displayed on the other end.
In addition, “Ohio State” and “Buckeyes” will adorn the tops of the dugouts similar to the way those brands are displayed in the end zones at Ohio Stadium and on the end lines on the basketball floor at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. A new back stop behind home plate will also be installed.
Tickets for the weekend games are available at the Ohio State University ticket office in the Jerome Schottentein Center, online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.