LSU stars set to shine bright at Glory Road Tour stop Thursday night in Baton RougePublished: Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:00 am By: Doug Ireland
BATON ROUGE – An LSU sports star-studded lineup headlines Thursday’s Baton Rouge stop on the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s Glory Road Tour at Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar’s Burbank location near the university campus.
Seven Hall of Fame members, all among the greatest figures in LSU history, are among the sports figures involved in the Glory Road Tour event beginning with a social hour at 6 and quick-paced interview tandems starting at 7.
Skip Bertman, Dale Brown, Yvette Girouard, Jim Hawthorne, Tommy Hodson, Rudy Macklin and Ben McDonald will be spotlighted after mingling with guests at the tour stop. Tickets include an all-you-can-eat buffet, refreshments and an opportunity to bid on unique memorabilia and experiences, said Ronnie Rantz, the CEO/President of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation.
Tickets and tables are available through Rantz, who pitched for LSU’s 1991 and 1993 College World Series championship teams. He can be reached at 225-802-6040 or by email at RonnieRantz@LaSportsHall.com.
Bertman lifted LSU Athletics into its ongoing “Golden Age,” first as the architect and mastermind of the LSU baseball dynasty and then as director of athletics.
Brown brought LSU basketball to national prominence in the 1970s and reached two Final Fours while becoming the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history.
After starting the softball program at her alma mater, UL Lafayette, and leading it to the College World Series, Girouard came to LSU and elevated the Lady Tigers among the sport’s elite programs.
Hawthorne was the broadcaster for LSU football, basketball and baseball in four dramatic decades, calling contests for football national championships, basketball Final Four runs and dozens of College World Series thrillers.
Hodson remains LSU’s most prolific quarterback 30 years after his phenomenal Tigers’ career began in 1986.
Macklin was the cornerstone of Brown’s first Final Four team and has become the state’s pointman for physical fitness.
McDonald is in any discussion of the greatest athletes in LSU history. Abundantly talented in basketball, he was recruited by and played for Brown but wisely focused on baseball with Bertman, becoming the college game’s top pitcher, leading the Tigers to the CWS, earning the No. 1 draft slot on the way to a 10-year major league career.
Several other Baton Rouge-area Hall of Fame members are expected to attend.
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