Baseball facility to bear Andy Pettitte’s name
10.13.2015 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College baseball facility has a new name, thanks in part to the continued generous support of former San Jac baseball player Andy Pettitte. The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees voted last week to rename the facility John Ray Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park. The formal announcement took place at today’s 20th Annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament.
In addition to the renaming of the facility, other improvements are under consideration at the facility, including expanded covered seating, dugout and clubhouse capacity; and infrastructure needs. Improvements will also be made to the softball field at the South Campus, home of the San Jacinto College softball team.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, our entire College, and our baseball and softball student-athletes, I can’t say thank you enough to Andy for helping to improve our facilities so that we can bring home even more championships,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor.
Pettitte attended San Jacinto College in the early 90s, winning eight of 10 decisions in his only season at San Jac. He made his major league debut on April 29, 1995, with the New York Yankees and went on to earn seven American League pennants and one National League pennant en route to five World Series Championships. He holds the record for most wins in postseason history and has never posted a losing season during his 18-year major league career.
The San Jacinto College baseball program was first located on the Central Campus and coached by John Ray Harrison. The team was moved to the North Campus in 1977, where it remains today. The baseball field is named after John Ray Harrison in honor of the College’s first coach, who also played professional baseball and later served as Mayor of the City of Pasadena, a Texas House Member, and a District Judge.
The San Jacinto College baseball team has won five national championships and has been national runner-up eight times. The softball team has made two national tournament appearances, finishing fifth last season and fourth in 2008, the team’s first-ever national tournament appearance.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.