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gar90
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I remember everything vividly about that Wednesday morning when I heard about his death. One of toughest days in my young life.


I wish like hell I could've seen him play. He was just as great of a person as he was a player.


The Boat
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I loved the Wally chant when he would come up to bat.

WALLY WALLY WALLY
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Napoleon
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I was never a big baseball fan. And this is going to come off as supremely dumb here, but I have been wondering this since I saw the park.
Who was Wally Pontiff?

I say the plaque at the park and he was born a few weeks before me. I never really looked into it. The just noticed an uptick in posts mentioning him. Then starting to notice 31 more.

I'm not trolling or anything. I was at LSU for a while, but never followed baseball. Just not my thing.
Just wanted to know. I assume it was a player who passed away based on his age. But was wondering the circumstances. He has a lot named after him.



gar90
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Tremendous student-athlete who finished on the LSU career list for hits (9th, 254), doubles (tied for 7th, 49) and batting average (10th, .344) ... a natural leader and the Tigers' 2002 team captain, he helped LSU go 28-10 after a 16-12 start ... made a huge impact on the Tigers' 2000 national championship team as a true freshman, starting 27 games in left field, 17 at DH, six at third base and one in right field ... earned the permanent starting job at third base in 2001 and earned first-team All-SEC recognition ... played in every game except one in his sophomore and junior seasons ... a member of the 2001 and 2002 SEC Academic Honor Roll with a 3.25 GPA in biological sciences ... named to the 2002 all-district Academic team, one of only five LSU players to earn such distinction ... was also recruited by Miami (Fla.), Alabama, Tulane, Mississippi State and Florida.


Quick little blurb from lsusports.net. Here's the rest of it. He passed away in his sleep a few weeks after the end of his Junior season. It was a heart condition.


The Boat
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re: 31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers! (In honor of the Pontiff Classic)
I'll never forget hearing Wally died even though I was only 12.

Johnnie Thibodeaux died about 8 years ago now. I took a couple of hitting lessons from him about forever ago.


Napoleon
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thanks.

Very impressive career, very sad his life was cut short.


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LSUTygerFan
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I'll never forget hearing Wally died


coworker said"did you hear about Pontiff?" I said "what is he leaving school early?"




ETA: I'll be there tonight.
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TigerFan2211
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re: 31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers! (In honor of the Pontiff Classic)
#31 should be permanantly etched in the grass or dirt next to 3rd base in the box.


LSUTygerFan
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#31 should be permanantly etched in the grass or dirt next to 3rd base in the box.


Let's make it happen.


LSUcajun77
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re: 31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers! (In honor of the Pontiff Classic)
WALLY WALLY WALLY







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Walt OReilly
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re: 31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers! (In honor of the Pontiff Classic)
thats some good stuff

ill always remember where i was and what i was doing when i heard of Wallys death just like 9/11

just one of those things ill never forget



Smalls
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re: 31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers! (In honor of the Pontiff Classic)
Maybe instead of having "LSU" on all four sides of the base, third base could have "31" or "31 ALWAYS" or "WALLY"


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Ldrake53
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#31 should be permanently etched


I like that it is a ritual for the guy to carve the # each home game....


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Merlin08
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I remember I was sitting on my couch when I got the phone call about Wally passing away...my first though was it was Big Wally never little Wally.

***One of my closest friends does the video for the Classic and he told me the family asked to change it up a bit...from a Memorial to a Rememberance***



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re: 31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers! (In honor of the Pontiff Classic)
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31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers!


very cool...very touching...bitter sweet. a small but honest tribute like that is what makes LSU the very special place that it is. every time I step foot on campus and take a stroll under the oaks it's like I'm getting to take a walk with my dad again. geaux.



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LSUTygerFan
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re: 31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers! (In honor of the Pontiff Classic)
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gar90


How long before game time does he do this?


elprez00
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re: 31 is always at 3rd base for the Tigers! (In honor of the Pontiff Classic)
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#31 should be permanantly etched in the grass or dirt next to 3rd base in the box.


I don't know guys, I really like the grounds crew writing 31 in the dirt. Thats something that can be handed down forever in LSU baseball to each grounds crew that takes care of the field. Something about your number written in the dirt just seems like a more fitting baseball tribute to a player.


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gar90
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How long before game time does he do this?


Typically about 15 min before the game. I hold the string that they use as the guide to paint the foul lines before the game. Usually right after I am pulling the string up after the 3rd base foul line is painted, they will put 3rd base in the ground he will draw it.
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