Baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College is looking a lot brighter these days…and nights, thanks to a generous gift that was specifically designated for lighting the C.B. (Slim) Mooneyham Baseball Field. The lights are in honor of SMC Alum J. Wesley Sparrow, Jr. and former SMC Director of Admissions Henry B. Sparrow, II as well as the SMC baseball teams of 1977 and 1978. Baseball is of great interest to the Sparrow family and John Sparrow donated the major gift with baseball specifically in mind. Wesley Sparrow served as the student manager for the SMC baseball team in 1977 and 1978. In fact, the opportunity to serve as the student manager was the deciding factor for Wesley attending SMC over Charleston Southern.
SMC is planning a dedication ceremony for the lights during a double header against Surry Community College on Saturday, February 8. The 3:30 p.m. dedication, which will follow the 1 p.m. game, will include the installation of the official naming plaque, as well as appearances by players, coaches, support staff of the ’77 and ’78 teams and other SMC supporters, will be held in Ellis Hall. Terry Floyd, Coach of the SMC 1977 and 1978 teams, is expected to throw out the first pitch at the 5 p.m. game.
The general public is invited and admission is free of charge.