Longtime Tigers bat boy Stan Bronson passes away

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Stan Bronson, the longtime bat boy for Memphis Tigers baseball team, has died.

Coach Daron Schoenrock shared the news on Twitter Tuesday, saying Stan passed away shortly after breakfast earlier in the day.

Bronson made it into the Guinness Book of World Records back in 2007 when he was honored for his tireless 49 years of service to the team.

He was a constant force at the games and an unofficial mascot for the fans.

Bronson was 89 years old.

The Memphis Athletics Department is planning a ceremony to honor Bronson when the 2018 Tigers squad opens its baseball campaign the weekend of Feb. 16-18.

In addition to his batboy duties, Bronson was known for a special 7th-inning tradition at Tigers home baseball games. When the game reached the middle of the 7th inning, the time was Bronson's spotlight.

The Tigers' legend popped from his seat beside the home team's dugout and headed to the home plate area where he acknowledged, with a tip of his cap, the Memphis faithful who made it to that day's game. The fans, in turn, acknowledged Bronson with applause.

For his years of service as the Tigers batboy, Bronson was honored in 2007 and 2010. The first accolade came in 2007 when Guinness World Records recognized Bronson as the "Most Durable Batboy." Bronson was presented the official Guinness World Records certificate in a pre-game ceremony May 5, 2007.

Three years later, Bronson had his jersey retired by the Memphis baseball program. The jersey retirement ceremony took place Apr. 25, 2010. Bronson's jersey is one of 14 retired in Tigers baseball history.

Bronson's No. 47 jersey is located on the right field wall at FedExPark on the University's Park Avenue campus.

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