A flurry of news relating to Buckeye Baseball has surprisingly come upon us in this last weekend of September. Instead of creating five separate posts, here is a News & Notes update.
From a former Buckeye four-sport athlete, a grand reunion of former Buckeyes, and two would be future Buckeyes decided to attend college elsewhere, here is the latest and greatest in Ohio State Baseball news.
Beals Hits Home Run with Alumni Weekend
Over the past weekend Buckeyes of past generations as well as those of recent memory, gathered at Bill Davis Stadium for a series of festivities initiated by new coach Greg Beals to strengthen the bond between past, present, and future members of Ohio State Baseball. In the alumni weekend former players dating back to the 1960s meet for a round of golf on Friday, a tailgate and gathering for the Ohio - Ohio State football game, then capped the weekend with an alumni game.
With about 50 former players on hand, as you can read courtesy OSU's Athletic Communications Alumni Weekend was a Hit
Fred Norton to be Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
Fred Norton, one of the greatest student-athletes in Ohio State history, is set to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, as a member of the class of 2010 which will be honored at this weekend's Eastern Michigan - Ohio State football game.
Norton a four-sport standout (baseball, basketball, football, track), was participated in Ohio State athletics from 1914-17. In that 1917 year Norton led the Buckeye nine with a .442 average.
Earlier this week the Columbus Dispatch ran a story on Norton, the Forgotten Jewel.
Two Michigan Prospects Spurn Buckeyes
It has been a busy week on the baseball recruiting front. With Matt Panek becoming the second member of the high school class of 2011 committing to Ohio State on Tuesday, which was quickly followed by Eric Haase expressing his interest in coming to Columbus, there has been quite the buzz on the future.
Unfortunately two more prospects have chose not to further their baseball careers as Buckeyes, with both coming from the state of Michigan.
Joel Seddon of St. Clair has opted to attend South Carolina. In this article it says South Carolina has the #1 program in the country in which Seddon plans to major in. It also does not hurt that the Gamecocks are the reigning national champs. Staying on being #1, Seddon is the #1 prospect in Michigan determined by Michigan Baseball Prospects, the same site that had Haase as the state's #3 player.
The other lost-prospect Cam Wysocki of Forest Hills Northern, near Grand Rapids, is actually a member of the class of 2012. The junior has chose to go to Michigan where his father played. MBP has Wysocki currently as the #5 prospect among Michigan juniors.