Oct. 3, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Former Bobcat Steve Swisher returns to Ohio University this weekend as a field manager for Saturday afternoon's Ohio Baseball Alumni game at Bob Wren Stadium (first pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.).
"Steve Swisher is one of the finest baseball players to ever put on a uniform here at Ohio University," said head coach Rob Smith. "Having Ohio baseball alumni involved with our program is very important as we continue to move our program forward. I can't thank Steve enough for taking the time out of his schedule to be an honorary captain for this weekend's alumni game."
Swisher played for the Bobcats from 1970-1973 and was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection. As a freshman in 1970, he helped guide the Bobcats to the College World Series. As a senior, he was selected to the All-Mideast Region team after he helped the team a 28-9 record and a 13-5 mark in MAC play.
Following his playing career at Ohio, Swisher was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the First Round of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft (21st Overall). He is the only Ohio University player to ever be drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft.
During his MLB Career, Swisher played for the Chicago Cubs (1974-77), St. Louis Cardinals (1978-80) and San Diego Padres (1981-82). In 1976 was named to the MLB All-Star game.
In 1982, Swisher was inducted to the Ohio University Athletics Hall of Fame.