Wildcats to Retire Gary Scott's Jersey on Friday
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May 12, 2005
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Former Wildcat standout Gary Scott will have his jersey retired this Friday, in a pre-game ceremony before Villanova takes on West Virginia in the opener of a three-game weekend series. The retirement ceremony will be a part of festivities throughout the weekend to commemorate Alumni Weekend at Villanova.
The first pitch of the Wildcats game against West Virginia on Friday will be at 3:30 p.m. Prior to the game, Scott's jersey will be retired in a ceremony beginning at 3:15. Following the ceremony, Scott will address the crowd and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
One of the most decorated players in the rich history of Villanova baseball, Scott played for the Wildcats from 1987-89. He went on to play professionally with the Chicago Cubs, including a two-year stint in the major leagues in 1991 and 1992. Scott holds Wildcat records for home runs in a season and career, and also holds the record for RBI in a season.
In 1989, Scott helped lead Villanova to one of the most memorable seasons in the program's history. The Wildcats won a school-record 42 games and captured the first of the team's two Big East titles. In the team's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Villanova defeated East Carolina, Georgia Tech and Central Florida in the East Regional before being eliminated by Miami.
During the 1989 season, Scott batted a torrid .448 (95-for-212) with school records of 22 home runs and 83 RBI. He finished the season with more home runs (22) than strikeouts (18) and also set school records with 44 extra-base hits and 185 total bases.
Scott was named a second team All-American by Baseball America in 1989, and was also a member of the 1987 ABCA All-America freshman team. He was a two-time All-Big East first team selection, and was recognized as the conference's 1989 Player of the Year. Scott finished his career on the Main Line with a career .393 batting average, 44 home runs and 183 runs batted in. In addition to holding the career home run record, he ranks in the top 10 in six other categories.
When he was called up to the major leagues by the Cubs in 1991, Scott became the 50th former Villanova player to play in the major leagues. Of the 53 total Villanova major leaguers, Scott is one of just five who have reached the big leagues in the past 30 years.
The 3rd Annual Villanova Alumni Baseball Golf Outing will also be included in the Alumni Weekend activities. The outing is being held at Turtle Creek Golf Course in Limerick, Pennsylvania. The golfers will play a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start and then head to the baseball stadium for a barbecue dinner and to attend the game against West Virginia.
Scott will become the sixth person to have his baseball jersey retired by Villanova. The other five retired jerseys are Phil Fidalgo (#2), Arthur Mahan (#4), George Bennett (#6), Leonard Merullo (#21) and Frank Skaff (#55).