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University of Memphis honors 81-year-old bat boy

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The University of Memphis baseball team honored a living legend Sunday.

Stan Bronson, 81, has been doing his job for so long he now holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most durable bat boy.

Somewhere between when the ball is hit and when the ball is caught, you will see Bronson making his way to home plate to pick up the bat.

"He's basically just an icon with the baseball program," said Jason Redd with University of Memphis media relations.

Bronson is an icon because he has been the bat boy at Tiger home games for over 50 years, starting when he was 25.

"He has been to more ball games in this ball park ... than anybody else in the history of the institution," said Eddie Cantler, Assistant Athletic Director.

Just before the Tigers took on Tulane in their Sunday afternoon home game, the University of Memphis honored Bronson by retiring his bat boy jersey.

Bronson was very happy about the well-deserved tribute.

"You know they like you out there," said Bronson.  "I thank God for it, too."

Bronson not only supports the baseball team, but all University of Memphis teams.

Bronson usually comes out on the baseball field and tips his hat during the late innings.

Redd said Bronson has become a hit with the ladies.

"You'd never know it, he is very outgoing," said Redd.  "He loves the ladies, especially blonds."

Supervisors said Bronson got the job because his parents were big supporters of the university and asked coaches if their son could be a bat boy.

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