Tigers’ AD has field named in his honor

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: April 28, 2009

JACKSON, Ms. — Robert L. Braddy, Sr., Jackson State’s Director of Athletics, had a huge smile on his face all day this past Saturday. The reason for the grin is that the Inaugural Tiger Fest, which culminated with JSU’s baseball field being named in his honor, was a success for Braddy. Jackson State’s baseball field is now named “Robert L. Braddy, Sr. Field”

The Tiger Fest weekend, along with the naming of the baseball field, consisted of baseball games, an exhibition by the SWAC Champion women’s tennis team, a JSU Legends Flag Football game and the 2009 Blue and White Spring Game.

Approximately 200 friends, family members, former players and former teammates joined Braddy in the celebration of the field naming ceremony. Braddy is the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s most successful baseball coach.

He has an amazing 824-546 record at JSU, 12 conference championships (the most in the SWAC) and has sent 52 players to the professional ranks. In 1978, his Tigers finished the season with a 52-12 record, which is a JSU and SWAC record.

“When I started about 40 years ago I never would have thought of having an honor such as this,” said Braddy. “I can remember when my brothers and I would come out of the fields for lunch to play baseball. We played whenever we got a chance.”

“We pretended to be in the big leagues and that was our goal to play ball.”

Braddy is the first African American to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame in 2005 and the JSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

“I never would have imagined that I would be the coach at Jackson State. I always wanted to be a coach. I’m glad that my parents and the community instilled into me to get my degree, because if I had not gotten that degree I would not have been Jackson State’s coach.”