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02-28-2006


For the Love of the Sox

 


Williamsburg, Ky. - In 2004, Terry Stigall, associate professor of health, movement and leisure studies at University of the Cumberlands, could have been considered the happiest man alive. Stigall's beloved Red Sox finally won the World Series again after an 86 year drought.

For the lifelong Red Sox fan, presenting his “A Family Generation of Red Sox Memories,” to a crowd of Cumberland students, was like legitimizing his car’s license plate which reads “Kentucky’s #1 Red Sox fan.”

Stigall has repeatedly displayed his love for the Red Sox for many years and proof is in his office, the intramural gym located on campus, which is wallpapered in Red Sox memorabilia.

"I have between 400 and 500 pieces," he told the crowd.

Stigall has been collecting for over 30 years, and when asked how he could have rooted for a cursed team he said, "I never believed in the curse. As a fan you get frustrated; but when you want to win once, you want to win again. We're going to win again."

Even with his dream of winning again, Stigall admits it’ll have to happen sooner than 86 years for him to witness it. "I'd like them to win again before I die, I think they can do it," he said.

Stigall coached the baseball team at the University of the Cumberlands’ for 25 years. Over his coaching career, he had a record of 502-298 and led his team to be five-time KIAC champions and earned the runner-up position for six years. The three-time Coach of the Year also had 82 players named to All-Conference honors and 10 players went on to sign professional contracts. In 2002, Stigall was inducted into the University of the Cumberlands’ Hall of Fame.

University of the Cumberlands’, located in Williamsburg, Ky., is a private liberal arts university in its 117th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for adults.