April 17, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale baseball program commemorated one its greatest supporters on Friday afternoon, as it officially dedicated John and Theresa Mazzuto Field, a multi-use, field turf practice facility adjacent to Yale Field. The Yale baseball program hosted John Mazzuto '70 and his wife Theresa for a team workout on the new field, followed by a reception at the Smilow Field Center. John Mazzuto is a former Bulldog shortstop who played for legendary Yale Head Coach Ethan Allen.
As a field turf facility, John and Theresa Mazzuto Field enables the Yale Baseball program to practice outside in almost any weather. The versatile multi-use field has also been used extensively by many other Yale varsity teams.
Also through the incredible generosity of the Mazzuto family, Head Coach John Stuper's position has joined eight others in the Yale athletic department as an endowed position. Mr. Mazzuto, his wife Theresa and his children, James, Will, Sarah, and Richard will all continue to be recognized in perpetuity, as Stuper will now be known as the Mazzuto Family Head Coach of Baseball. "John has bestowed upon Yale baseball an incredible gift," said Stuper, now in his 17th season at the helm of the Bulldogs. "His support of our program has been absolutely phenomenal. I am honored to be known as the Mazzuto Family Head Coach of Baseball."
Director of Athletics Tom Beckett spoke highly of Mazzuto at this evening's reception, praising his generosity and love for Yale.
"Athletically and academically, John Mazzuto had the same dreams that all of you have," said Athletic Director Tom Beckett, addressing the 2009 Yale baseball team. "He realized his dreams, and because of that, he chose to make Yale a better place."
Mazzuto later fielded questions from the current Elis, discussing topics ranging from his life as a Yale baseball player to his membership in the DKE fraternity. Mazzuto's love for both baseball and Yale rang clear in his remarks.
"I learned many life lessons as a Yale baseball player," said Mazzuto. "Most importantly, I learned that if you lose, there will be another game tomorrow."
The reception concluded with the presentation of a Gold Glove commemorating Mazzuto's support of the Yale baseball program. He will also throw a ceremonial first pitch at the second game of tomorrow's doubleheader against Dartmouth. Game one of the twin bill is scheduled for noon.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity