WSU Retires Olerud's Jersey - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WSU Retires Olerud's Jersey

Washington State retired John Olerud's jersey on Saturday. Washington State retired John Olerud's jersey on Saturday.

He was a legend during his playing days.

Put him on the mound and he would dominate. Let him into the batter's box and you didn't have to worry about the outcome. John Olerud got it done.

On Saturday, Washington State added another chapter in Olerud's historic career, retiring his No. 18 jersey on a sunny late morning at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash.

"Good to be back here for such a fun celebration, such an honorable celebration for John, for Cougar baseball," said Randy Snyder, Olerud's former catcher. "It's great to see guys of John's character and his ability and his stature, come back and represent the program so well. What he did in the big leagues and how he's just been a great community figure. It's good to have him as a former teammate and just a Cougar."

It was a quick and simple ceremony, fitting for a player known as being quiet. Olerud walked in from the gate along the first-base line and posed with his family behind home plate with a framed jersey, while his  No. 18 was unveiled on the outfield wall. Athletic director Bill Moos addressed a close-to-capacity crowd and Olerud then delivered the ceremonial first pitch to his former catcher, Randy Snyder.

Olerud played perhaps the greatest season of collegiate baseball in 1988 with the Cougars. As a two-way player, Olerud posted a perfect 15-0 record on the mound and hit .464 at the plate. For his efforts, he was named the National Player of the Year.

The left-hander still holds a plethora of Washington State records, including batting average (.464), hits (108), RBI (tied, 81), total bases (204), slugging percentage (.876), on-base percentage (.556), OPS (1.432), wins (15) and innings pitched (122 2/3).

Olerud went on to play 17 MLB season, winning back-to-back World Series with the Blue Jays.

"On the field he was steely," Snyder said. "He just seemed like he had ice in his veins without being the guy that had that bravado exterior. He was the kind of guy that would look so calm, so poised in any situation. Whether he was on the mound with guys on second and third and he had to get that out. Or whether there was guys on second and third, he had to drive them in, it never seemed to matter, it looked like he was taking BP or warming up in the bullpen."

  • College

    • Early Goal Enough for Battlin’ Bears Women to Defeat EOU

      The Rocky Mountain College women’s soccer team used a goal just over 90 seconds into the game to pick up a 1-0 win over Eastern Oregon on Sunday afternoon at Wendy’s Field...

    • Rocky Men's Soccer Celebrates Seniors with 10th Straight Win

      The seventh-ranked Rocky Mountain College men’s soccer team closed out its home slate of games with a 3-0 win over Eastern Oregon on Sunday afternoon at Wendy’s Field.

    • Eastern drops first Big Sky game at Southern Utah 46-28

      The first quarter seemed to come easy for the No. 8 Eastern Washington University football team. But the last three were excruciating.

    • Last Second Field Goal Lifts Cats to Win Over Northern Colorado

      Montana State made a furious second-half comeback that eventually led to the Bobcats converting on a 27-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Northern Colorado, 27-24, at Nottingham Field on Saturday.

    • Rocky Mountain Offense Struggles in Loss to Carroll

      Rocky Mountain compiled just 192 yards of total offense in the game.

    • Whitworth hits offensive strides; defeats Puget Sound 38-23

      SPOKANE, Wash. – Senior quarterback Ian Kolste made a successful return from an ankle injury to lead Whitworth to a 38-23 win over visiting Puget Sound and set his team's career record for total offense along the way. Kolste, who was injured on October 7th against George Fox and missed all of the following week's win at Pacific Lutheran, completed 20 of 32 passes for 224 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in two quarters of play, leading the Pirates to a 31-7 half...
    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Washington St.WSUMore>>

  • WSU to host Colorado on Saturday

    WSU to host Colorado on Saturday

    Cougars are currently ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll. Photo: WSU AthleticsCougars are currently ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll. Photo: WSU Athletics

    Washington State is 6-1 for the first time since 2003 and enters the week ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top-25.

    >>

    Washington State is 6-1 for the first time since 2003 and enters the week ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top-25.

    >>
  • WSU men’s basketball to hold open practice Oct. 21

    WSU men’s basketball to hold open practice Oct. 21

    Photo: WSU AthleticsPhoto: WSU Athletics

    Members of the men's basketball team will be available to sign autographs following the conclusion of practice. Those in attendance will also hear from fourth-year head coach, Ernie Kent
     

    >>

    Members of the men's basketball team will be available to sign autographs following the conclusion of practice. Those in attendance will also hear from fourth-year head coach, Ernie Kent
     

    >>
  • Former WSU receiver River Cracraft signs with Denver Broncos

    Former WSU receiver River Cracraft signs with Denver Broncos

    Cracraft gets his shot in the NFL with Denver Broncos.Cracraft gets his shot in the NFL with Denver Broncos.

    Cracraft ended his career at WSU with 218 receptions (No. 2 in school history behind Gabe Marks), 2,701 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in four seasons.

    >>

    Cracraft ended his career at WSU with 218 receptions (No. 2 in school history behind Gabe Marks), 2,701 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in four seasons.

    >>