Stony Brook Athletics dedicated its baseball field to former Stony Brook star and major league baseball pitcher Joe Nathan (’97) in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 29, at Joe Nathan Field. The field is named in honor of Nathan, who made a $500,000 lead gift for its construction.
Among the honored guests were Nathan, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.; Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore; SBU Head Baseball Coach Matt Senk, and members of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, who made a $100,000 donation for construction of the field’s new scoreboard. Also in attendance were the 2012 Seawolves and many Stony Brook baseball alumni, including several of Nathan’s former teammates.
Fiore, Stanley, Nathan, and Senk each spoke to begin the ceremony before the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Nathan, Stanley, Senk, and Bethpage Federal Credit Union CEO Rob Kelly then threw out a ceremonial first pitch to the Seawolves four seniors: Pat Cantwell, Sal Intagliata, Tyler Johnson, and Evan Stecko-Haley.