Photos by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com
WHITTIER, Calif. – Prior to opening day for the Whittier College Baseball Team, Hugh B. Mendez Stadium and Adam Elberg Field were unveiled in front of a crowd of almost 200 guests, supporters, and alumni from across the country.
A gift from alumnus Adam Elberg '91 supported the renovations, and provided a new entrance gateway to the field from the parking lot down the right field line, and a covered, three-tunnel batting cage, including lights and bullpens down the left field line. In acknowledgement of Adam's leadership support, the playing field will be renamed Adam Elberg Field.
Thanks to a leadership gift from Keith Gendreau '80 and his wife Allison, the 2017-18 Poet Baseball squad and its fans are enjoying a new stadium, complete with a permanent grandstand, press box, and surround sound PA system. Keith and Allison's gift named the new stadium structure in memory of former Whittier College coach and educator, Hugh B. Mendez. Coach Mendez was inducted into the Purple & Gold Hall of Fame in 2014. The Gendreau's gift has further preserved Mendez's legacy at Whittier and serve as a constant reminder of the impact he had on hundreds of students. The grandstand in Hugh B. Mendez Stadium will be ADA accessible and will accommodate upwards to 100 spectators.
These improvements have undoubtedly made Whittier's baseball facilities among the finest small school facilities in the southland. "We are fortunate to have over 1,000 individuals who believe in the impact of the collegiate athletic experience and choose to support our teams and student-athletes each and every year," said Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman. "Your generosity is not lost on our student-athletes. They know that when they come to Whittier, they are standing on the shoulders of those that came before them."