Past and Present Unite at GW Baseball Golf Outing

Mike Toomey '74 delivers the keynote address at the 16th Annual GW Baseball Golf Outing on October 25.

Oct. 29, 2013

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Alumni spanning five decades came together on Friday, Oct. 25 to participate in the 16th annual GW Baseball Golf Outing at Lake Presidential Golf Club in Upper Marlboro, Md.

144 golfers, including three All-Century Players and seven GW Athletic Hall of Famers from the baseball program, were joined by current student-athletes and friends of GW baseball for 18 holes of competitive golf on a gorgeous autumn afternoon.

The day was highlighted by a silent auction and traditional raffle which featured dozens of pieces of baseball memorabilia.

The keynote address was given by GW Athletic Hall of Famer Mike Toomey ('74). The team's Most Valuable Player in 1974, Toomey lettered twice for the Colonials before becoming head coach in 1976. He led the Colonials to 102 wins over five seasons, including the team's first and only NCAA Tournament win in 1979.

Toomey regaled the attendees with stories from his playing and coaching career, including playing on the Ellipse and making the most of resources and players. He preached to the current student-athletes in attendance to make the most of their time at GW and to seize the opportunity to represent their university on the diamond.

Toomey was also thrilled with the attendance at the event, noting that "a little love goes a long way." He cited the opportunity to remain friends long after graduation as one of the most prized examples of something he was afforded as a student-athlete.

Head Coach Gregg Ritchie also took the opportunity to honor a pair of notable alumni in GW Athletic Hall of Famer John Flaherty (`88) and former standout Mike Howell ('79).

Flaherty, a 16-year Major League veteran, was the keynote speaker at last year's event and was presented a framed jersey and photos of his playing days.

Howell was honored with a plaque commemorating him as being the only GW baseball player to win an NCAA Tournament game, a streak that Coach Ritchie vowed is one of the teams' primary goals moving forward.

Following the formal program, the alums reconvened to swap stories and reminisce on their time donning the Buff and Blue.

At the end of the night, the Colonials departed Lake Presidential, not after bittersweet goodbyes, but after a promise to reunite once again in the spring at Barcroft Park.



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