Oct. 23, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Cleveland Indians baseball club will be on hand Saturday at the Ohio State vs. Penn State football game to present checks for $50,000 to both Andy Geiger, the Ohio State director of athletics, and Tim Curley, the Penn State director of athletics. The money will be used to endow athletic training scholarships at both schools in memory of longtime Indians trainer Jimmy Warfield.

Warfield, who served as an Indians trainer for more than 32 years, died July 16, a day after suffering a brain aneurysm. Warfield, 60, was not only a trainer but a friend of everyone he encountered including Penn State’ head football coach Joe Paterno and Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel and head men’s basketball coach Jim O’Brien.

The Indians will present the checks during an on-field ceremony during the game. Representing the Warfield family will be Linda Warfield, widow of Jimmy Warfield, and son Jordan, currently a sophomore at Ohio State and a manager for the men’s basketball team. Representing the Indians will be Jim Thome, former Buckeye Dave Burba, Charles Nagy, C.C. Sabathia, John McDonald, David Riske, Milton Bradley, Joel Skinner, Rick Manning, Buddy Bell and John Farrell.

As a tribute, both Tressel and Paterno will wear the same “JW” patch worn by the Indians in memory of Jimmy Warfield. To make donations to the scholarship fund, contact the Cleveland Indians Charities, c/o The Jimmy Warfield Fund, 2401 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 44115 or call the Ohio State Athletics Development Office at (614) 292-9908.