CWS of Omaha, Inc., to Recognize Area players at Infield at the Zoo Tribute Park
College World Series of Omaha, Inc., in collaboration with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, will feature a commemorative plaque at the “Infield at the Zoo,” a new tribute park located on the former Rosenblatt Stadium site, Friday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m.


The plaque honors 55 former student-athletes from Nebraska and the greater Omaha metropolitan area who competed in the NCAA® Men’s College World Series® (CWS) at Rosenblatt Stadium. The 4 1/3-foot by 4-foot, four-color laminate and metal display features an image of the Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium entrance and Road to Omaha statue overlaid with the names of the 55 area athletes who played there from 1950 to 2010, their hometowns and their universities.

The plaque will be located near home plate at the Infield at the Zoo. The park commemorates Rosenblatt’s place in Omaha and baseball history. It will preserve the original location of home plate, re-create base paths on a Little League scale and incorporate the original foul poles, stadium seats and the iconic arched Rosenblatt sign. Other features include visual elements of the dugout and grandstand, shaded picnic areas and original stadium bricks, fencing and colors.

“The Infield at the Zoo and the CWS display show how proud we are of the young baseball players from Nebraska and the surrounding area who grew up seeking the pinnacle of their college baseball experience – playing in the College World Series at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium,” said CWS, Inc., President, Jack Diesing, Jr.

“This park also honors their families, fans and college baseball fans everywhere,” Diesing added. “I want to thank the zoo for their efforts. For college baseball fans, this park in combination with the games and atmosphere surrounding TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, reinforces Omaha’s reputation as the epicenter of college baseball.”

CWS, Inc.’s, recognition includes Elkhorn native and current ESPN College Baseball Analyst Kyle Peterson, who played for Stanford on its 1995 and 1997 CWS teams. Virginia Head Baseball Coach Brian O’Connor, who hails from Council Bluffs, appeared in the CWS alongside his Creighton teammates in 1991. Seven total players from the region played on the Bluejay’s 1991 team. The University of Nebraska also is well represented, with more than 20 area players on the Husker’s 2001, 2002 and 2005 teams. Included on those teams were Major League Baseball players, Joba Chamberlain and Alex Gordon, both of whom are from Lincoln. In total, the 55 players represent 17 universities.

About CWS, Inc. ®
College World Series of Omaha, Inc., is the non-profit local organizing committee for the annual NCAA Division I Men's College World Series. Its mission is enlisting wide-based community support from business, government, civic organizations and individuals to implement, promote, operate and host a successful CWS in Omaha in partnership with the NCAA. The 2013 NCAA Men's College World Series will begin with Opening Celebration Day, Friday, June 14. Games will begin Saturday, June 15, and continue through Tuesday/Wednesday, June 25/26. For a complete schedule of all games and times, please visit NCAA.com/CWS.

About Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, located at Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 454, is ranked the No. 1 Zoo in the United States by TripAdvisor. Open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. through October 31. Admission prices are $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-11) and $14 for seniors (65 and over) through September 30. Dinosaurs Alive! The Lost Valley is now open through October 13. Admission into the exhibition is $3 for members and $4 for non-members. Please visit www.omahazoo.com.

The following is a complete list of all the student-athletes who have been recognized.

 YearName HometownCollege
 2009Kendall WehrlePapillion
Arkansas
 2009Sam Murphy
Omaha
Arkansas
 2008Max Fearnow
Omaha
Stanford
 2005Alex GordonLincoln
Nebraska
 2005Ryan Wehrle
Papillion
Nebraska
 2005Jeff Christy
Lincoln
Nebraska
 2005Johnny Dorn
Grand Island
Nebraska
 2005Andy Gerch
Lincoln
Nebraska
 2005Zach Kroenke
Omaha Nebraska
 2005Mike Harmelink
Omaha
Nebraska
 2005Joba ChamberlainLincoln
Lincoln
 2005Mark HightowerElkhorn
Nebraska 
 2004Bubbs Merrill
Omaha
Arkansas
 2004Jake DuggerOmaha
Arkansas
 2002,2005Jeremy Becker
Scottsbluff
Nebraska 
 2002,2005Daniel Bruce
Omaha
Nebraska 
 2002,2005Brian Duensing
Omaha Nebraska 
 2002Kyle Bakker
Omaha
Georgia Tech
 2001,2002,2005Dustin Timm
Yutan
Nebraska 
 2001,2002Jeff Leise
Omaha
Nebraska
 2001,2002Drew Anderson
Kearney
Nebraska 
 2001,2002Brandon EymannPapillion Nebraska 
 2001,2002Jason Burch
Papillion
Nebraska 
 2001Josh Hesse
Omaha
Nebraska 
 2001R.D. Spiehs
Grand Island
Nebraska 
 2001Brian Rodaway
Lincoln 
Nebraska 
 2001Brandon Penas
Grand Island 
Nebraska 
 2001Mike Sillman
Omaha
Nebraska 
 1999,2002Michael LorsbachOmaha
Oklahoma State/Rice
 1998Josh Dalton
Omaha LSU
 1997Tony Schrager
Omaha Stanford 
 1997Brian Fearnow
Omaha
Stanford
 1995,1997Kyle Peterson
Elkhorn
Stanford 
 1995Todd Bartels
Omaha
Stanford
 1991John Pivovar
Omaha
Creighton
 1991Ryan Martindale 
Omaha
Creighton
 1991Mike McCafferty
Omaha
Creighton
 1991J.J. Gottsch
Elkhorn
Creighton
 1991Kimera Bartee
OmahaCreighton
 1991Brian O'Connor Coucil Bluffs, IACreighton 
 1991Brian O'Brien
Bellevue
Creighton 
 1987Steve Mariucci
Omaha
Arizona State
 1985Jeff Churchich
Omaha
South Carolina
 1984Clarke Lange
Omaha
Miami
 1982Kevin Penner
Aurora
Wichita State 
 1982Kurt Korinek
Omaha  South Carolina 
 1981Mark Gillaspie
Omaha
Iowa State
 1974Rick Kent
Grant 
Northern Colorado 
 1970Ray Wood
Omaha
Iowa State
 1969Billy Cotton
McCook
Arizona State
 1964Bill Haas 
Lincoln
Minnesota
 1964Lad Nemececk
Omaha
Arizona State
 1963Steve Priborsky
Omaha
Arizona
 1958,1959Ken Kempf
Scottsbluff
Northern Colorado 
 1958,1959Joe Peck
Nebraska City
Northern Colorado 

 

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