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Ron Guidry: Spotlight on Former Athlete

Ron Guidry: Spotlight on Former Athlete

Click on the Spotlight on Former Athlete banner on the right of the AN News Box and be taken to the profile of Ron Guidry, one of baseball’s all-time greats and a Louisiana Legend.  Gator or Louisiana Lightning,  as he is known to fans and teammates, is prominently documented in the Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball Media Guide. 

Ragin’ Cajun Ron Guidry, 1969

Learn of the Northside High School graduate’s exploits while a member of the USL Baseball team and during his 14-year baseball career as a player with the NY Yankees.  In 1978 Ron was voted Sporting News Player of the Year; Sporting News Man of the Year; AP Male Athlete of the Year; selected to the AP, UPI, and Sporting News All-Star Teams; and won the Cy Young Award. His stats and records for each year are included in his AN profile. 
Ron Guidry was a four-time All-Star and a member of two World Championship teams with the Yankees. 

Ron Guidry was a four-time All-Star and a member of two World Championship teams with the Yankees. 
On August 23, 2003, Ron was honored at Yankee Stadium before a game with the Baltimore Orioles.  His uniform number was retired and presented with a plaque in Monument Park, which includes some of the greatest players to ever don a Yankee uniform like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.  While Ron was the 16th player to have his Yankee number retired, Whitey Ford is the only other pitcher to have his number retired.

Ron Guidry Day at Yankee Stadium Aug. 23, 2003

Guidry’s annual Golf Tournament helps the Winning Pitch Foundation support local charities on a year-round basis.  Special Olympics and ALS Foundation, as well as local charities such as the Acadiana Outreach Center and the Miles Perret Center have benefited from past events.

Ron Guidry, back row, third from left, Gulf States Conference Runner-Up, 1970 

Two articles entitled "Lessons For Life From the Field of Dreams" were published in the January/February 2004 issue of SLEMCO Power.  The articles featured the Cajun Yankee: The Legacy of Ron Guidry and The Lessons He Learned Playing the Game He Loved.  The articles and many others about his life and acheivements are included in Ron’s profile (electronic scrapbook) in the Athletic Network. 

Bruce Brown graciously allowed the Athletic Network to reprint the chapter on Ron Guidry in his 1980 book entitled "Prides of Acadiana"  and provided an update. Needless to say, Ron Guidry’s profile provides viewers with a most interesting electronic scrapbook.

The Athletic Network is honored to place the Spotlight on Former Athlete on Ron Guidry.

Note:  The Photo Gallery (left side of home page) at http://www.athleticnetwork.net  contains over 7,500 pictures of former and current athletes and support groups. Just point and click to view teams by years.  One click on the thumbnail picture and it is enlarged; a click on the enlarged photo and you are back to the thumbnail. 

Contact the AN if you have a team picture for one of the years where voids exist.  The AN seeks to add pictures of each team for each year they represented the university.

The stories of the 2007 honorees in the Athletic Network "Spotlight on Former Athlete" have been placed in the Lagniappe link of the "History of UL Athletics" and also added to their profiles. 


The 2008 honorees in the Athletic Network "Spotlight on Former Athlete" include:
January – Alvin Dark Football, ’43; Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Track, ’44; Coaches, 1947.
February – Alyson Habetz Women’s Basketball 1991-95 and Softball, 1991-94.
March – Ron Guidry Baseball 1968-70.