02-26-2013 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #43


Title
Naming of Merritt Island High School Baseball Field "Clint Hurdle Field"

Discussion

Clint Hurdle Jr. played baseball and football for Merritt Island High School from 1973-1975.  While at Merritt Island High, Clint earned many honors as a student athlete.  These honors included being named to multiple All-Conference, All-State, and All-American teams.  During his senior year, Clint was named All-Conference quarterback for the football team and was honored as a first team All-American in baseball.

Being recognized as a standout student athlete, Clint was offered college scholarships at schools ranging from Harvard University to the University of Miami.  Clint chose to forgo college when he was selected in the first round of the major league baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals.  Clint signed with the Royals and began his professional baseball career.  In 1977, Clint was voted Minor League Player of the Year for all of professional baseball.  He would go on to play in the 1980 World Series for Kansas City, hitting .400 during the seriers.  Clint played a total of 12 years in the big leagues with Kansas City, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and the New York Mets.

After retiring as a player, Clint became a minor league coach, where he worked his way up to the major league as a manager.  Clint managed the Colorado Rockies for seven years, leading them to the World Series against the Boston Red Soxs in 2007.  In 2010 Clint went to the World Series for a third time as batting instructor for the Texas Rangers.  In 2011, Clint was hired as the manager of the Pittsburg Pirates, where he turned the team from a club that had not finished with a winning record for the past 18 years, to a team that competed for the National Leagues Central Division Pennant.  This season, under Clint's guidance, Pittsburg has continued to shine as one of the best teams in major league baseball.

Another reason to name the MIHS baseball field "Clint Hurdle Field" is Clint's father, Clint Hurdle, Sr.  Clint Sr. was always involved with his son's athletic teams, volunteering countless hours as a coach and mentor for teams when his son was playing.  Clint Sr. continued to be involved with youth baseball on Merritt Island, even after his son had moved on with his professional baseball career.  Clint Sr. not only helped teach the game of baseball, he helped shape young men as they learned the game of life.  Today, Clint Hurdle, Jr. is one of the most respected men in the game of baseball.  His positive attitude and ability to lead and mold young players is something that he learned at an early age, something he learned from his father, Clint Sr.

"Clint's" contributions to baseball, Merritt Island, and Merritt Island High School were tremendous; they should serve to inspire future generations.  We would be honored to recognize these contributions through the naming of their baseball field, "Clint Hurdle Field".



Recommendation
Approve the naming of Merritt Island High School baseball field "Clint Hurdle Field"

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/26/2013
Consent after Information3/12/2013
Public Hearing4/23/2013

Authority for Action
School Board Policy 7250

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact

Gary Shiffrin, Principal, Merritt Island High School, 454-1000

Dr. Ronald R. Bobay, North Area Superintendent, 269-3826




Attachment:  MIHS naming committee.pdf
Attachment:  MIHS naming committee 2.pdf