April 27, 2012
The University of Minnesota hosts the Final Pitch at Siebert Field, May 1, against St. Thomas. The first pitch is slated for a 6:35 p.m. start. The Golden Gophers will have a variety of activities surrounding the day’s event. The Golden Gopher baseball alumni will have a chance to take a final at-bat. From 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Minnesota alums can partake in batting practice, while a kid’s wiffle ball game will be held in the football practice field. Gopher alums will also have a chance to get their picture taken with their families at home plate starting at 5-5:30 with a full group photo at 5:30. Families are encouraged to bring their own camera for the photos at home plate.
The ceremonial first pitch will be held at 6:25, and will feature Marilyn Siebert, daughter of legendary coach Dick Siebert, former coach George Thomas and former Gophers Paul Molitor and Terry Steinbach. During each half inning, every decade and alums of Gopher baseball dating back to 1940s, will be honored out on the field.
Fans can purchase tickets online, by phone (612-624-8080), at the Mariucci Ticket Office (during business hours), at the Metrodome (before the 5th inning of Gopher Baseball games), or at Siebert Field on game-day (starting at 2:30 p.m.). All tickets will be issued as general admission and seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis.
Siebert Field was constructed in 1971 and originally called Bierman Field. The field was later dedicated to former legendary head coach Dick Siebert, who passed away in December 1978. Renamed Siebert Field in 1979 "Chief" also had his No. 24 retired, which can be seen on the right field wall alongside David Chelsnik (26), Paul Giel (34), Herb Isakson (5), Paul Molitor (11) and Dave Winfield (31). Prior to 1971, Minnesota played on Delta Field, which was located over the current left field wall. Since the 1971 construction, the Gophers held a 576-177-2 all-time record at the facility and 445-153 once renamed Siebert Field.