Texas Southern Baseball Set To Host Jersey Retirement Ceremony In Honor Of Robinson

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HOUSTON – Texas Southern University will host a jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday, March 6th at 12:45 pm at MacGregor Park in honor of the late Candy Robinson (pictured left above), former TSU head baseball coach.

On Sunday, TSU will hold the ceremony prior to the first pitch of the Prairie View A&M series finale. Coach Robinson’s youngest daughter, Ariel, will throw out the first pitch.

About Candy Robinson:

Robinson’s teams brought home SWAC Championship Trophies in 2004 and 2008. In 2004 he was named SWAC Baseball Coach of the Year.

Several of his players received All-SWAC honors and were named to the SWAC All-Tournament teams.

Coach Robinson capped the 2004 season in SWAC by taking his team to the NCAA Regional Tournament in Houston, and beating the defending national champion Rice Owls in the first game at Rice’s Reckling Park.

The NCAA tournament appearance was also a first for the Tigers. The 2004 Tigers finished second in the SWAC West. That memorable season, three players were named All-SWAC Second Team: Corey Alexander (LF), Calvin Fugett (First Base) and Mario DeLeon (Second Base). Robinson’s players often experienced unbelievable success under his leadership.

In 2007, outfielder Kyle Smith was named SWAC Freshman of the Year and Louisville Sluggers Freshman All-American.

In 2001, he coached two All- SWAC players,’ outfielders Alph Coleman and junior catcher David Bell. Several former Tiger players were drafted or played in major league baseball organizations.

They include Alph Coleman and Donavin Campbell-Atlanta Braves, Autumn Riggies Toronto Blue Jays, Sonny Garcia-Baltimore Orioles, Delvin Matthews -Milwaukee Brewers, Elliot Gould-San Diego Padres, Brandon Stricklen-Houston Astros, Donald Green-New York Mets and Lindon Bonds-Washington Nationals.

During his playing days Robinson was a standout pitcher at Grambling State, culminating his collegiate career with an All- American nod at pitcher in 1965. After his college days, Robinson was drafted and signed by the Boston Red Sox. He played several years in the major league baseball organization.

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