Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Baseball Cuts Ribbon on Hall of Fame at 'The Box'
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Published: January 31, 2013, 09:51 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night to mark the completion  of the Wally Pontiff Jr. Baseball Hall of Fame in Alex Box Stadium.

Located on the ground level, third-base side of the stadium, the Hall of Fame celebrates the glorious history of LSU Baseball through words, photographs and video, and it contains numerous artifacts, including the Tigers' National Championship rings and trophies, vintage uniforms and Major League memorabilia.

The Hall of Fame will open to the general public on Friday, February 15 prior to LSU's 2013 season opener versus Maryland. The facility will be open throughout the season before and during home games in Alex Box Stadium.

Participating in Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony were Wally Pontiff  Sr., LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva, former LSU athletics director and legendary coach Skip Bertman and LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who directed the Tigers to the 2009 national championship. The ceremony was attended by several members of the Pontiff family, along with officials from the Tiger Athletic Foundation and the LSU Athletics Department.

The facility is named in memory of Wally Pontiff Jr., a two-time all-SEC selection at LSU who died due to heart complications on July 24, 2002 at the age of 21. Pontiff was a three-year starter for the Tigers from 2000 through 2002 at third base and DH, and he helped lead LSU to the 2000 national championship.

Pontiff, the MVP of the 2000 SEC Tournament, was also a two-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he was a member of the 2002 District VI Academic All-America  team with a 3.25 GPA in biological sciences.

Wally Pontiff Sr. created in his son's name the Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation, which has thrived over the past decade as a philanthropic organization that benefits several charitable causes in Louisiana.

The Wally Pontiff Jr. Baseball Hall of Fame was produced by the LSU Athletics Department in partnership with Cannon Design of Arlington, Va., and 1220 Exhibits of Nashville, Tenn.

 

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