March 9, 2005
The late Jim Brock, who spent 23 years coaching at Arizona State, will have his name endure much longer.
The former ASU baseball coach had his name added to the baseball complex on Tuesday.
It will be known as Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. A ceremony dedicating the newly named baseball facility is scheduled for the 2006 Alumni Weekend in January.
Brock led the Sun Devils to national championships in 1977 and 1981 and amassed a career record of 1,100-440.
"You hear the cliché of bleeding maroon and gold, and he really did," Brock’s widow Patsey said. "He loved this school."
Brock is the winningest coach in ASU baseball history. He was elected to the ABCA College Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. Brock died of cancer days after the College World Series ended in 1994.
On hand for the event included current coach Pat Murphy, outgoing athletic director Gene Smith, Guthrie Packard and Barry Bonds. Bonds played under Brock’s watch from 1983-85.
"Coach Brock was one of the best coaches I ever had," Bonds said. "This is the right thing to do for a man who really deserves it."
Brock earned three degrees from Arizona State, including master’s and doctorate degrees.
Brock’s daughter, Cathi, remembers the time she and her father would sit and watch the construction being done when the stadium was being built.
"This really meant a lot to him," Cathi Brock said. "He wanted this program to be the very best."
ASU’s first two coaches, Brock and Bobby Winkles, now each have a part of the stadium in their names. Winkles has the field in his dedication.