WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW plans to honor the 1961 National Junior College World Series baseball champions this weekend when the Seahawks host Delaware in a key Colonial Athletic Association series, beginning on Friday.
The 1961 squad, coached by UNCW athletics pioneer Bill Brooks, was the first of two national championship programs for the Seahawks (the other in 1963). On Saturday, members of the '61 squad will be honored prior to the scheduled game at 4 p.m.
"We're extremely excited and looking forward to this national championship team returning to campus," said 20th-year UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf. "This is a special group of men who helped lay the foundation for this program and all the student-athletes who have come through since then and worn the teal and blue."
The Seahawks, in only their fourth season at the time, posted a 19-2 record that season, including a four-game sweep at the prestigious NJCAA Tournament in Grand Junction, Colo. In the finals, Wilmington College pounded Mesa College, 16-9 and 8-3, to win the title.
Players who scheduled to return include Perry Burchette, Ronnie Durham, Larry Edens, Bill Haywood, Lou Howard, Lawrence Keith, Hiram Lee, David Miller, Phil Stephenson, Wayne Taylor and Blair Walker.
Game times for the weekend series against Delaware are 6 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.