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SC Alumni Play Key Roles In Baseball Playoffs

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 12, 2004 – The spotlight could shine on three Springfield College graduates as the Major League Baseball Playoffs move closer to the World Series.

In the American League Championship Series, Jim Rowe, the head athletic trainer for the Boston Red Sox, prepares for Boston’s showdown with the New York Yankees. In the National League Championship Series, Barry Weinberg and Dave LaBossiere are head athletic trainers for the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros, respectively.

Besides being head athletic trainers for these baseball franchises, LaBossiere, Rowe and Weinberg are all graduates of the Massachusetts college that is world renowned for the invention of the game of basketball by its Professor James Naismith in 1891. Weinberg graduated from Springfield College in 1973; LaBossiere received his degree in 1974, and Rowe earned his degree in 1987. In fact, Springfield College is the only institution in the country to have three alumni serving as head athletic trainers of Major League Baseball franchises.

Rowe worked his way up through the minor leagues before accepting his current post in 1997. While an undergraduate student, Rowe served as an intern for the Milwaukee Brewers Single A team in Beloit (Wisc.) in 1985. After graduating from Springfield College, he was promoted to the Brewers’ Double A team in El Paso, Texas. Rowe spent five years in private practice before coming to the Red Sox organization as the head trainer for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Triple A club, in 1994. He moved on to the big leagues three seasons later.

Described as a training room “rat” by Charlie Redmond, the department head of Springfield College’s athletic training program, Rowe was also a manager for the football team. In 1997, he was honored with Springfield College’s Young Alumnus Award, which is annually given to an alum in recognition of professional excellence and outstanding service to the college, community, state, and/or nation.

Weinberg came to the Cardinals in 1998 after serving as the head trainer for the Oakland Athletics from 1981 to 1997. Weinberg, who was the American League trainer for the 1987 and 1993 All-Star Games, was an outfielder on the Springfield College baseball team from 1971 to 1973. He helped the team compile a 51-28 record and reach the NCAA Division II Tournament three times. Weinberg ripped a home run during the SC baseball alumni game in November of 2002. He has served as the master of ceremonies for numerous alumni events, including the 2002 Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. Weinberg won the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000.

LaBossiere has been on the Astros’ training staff since 1983 and got his start in the Red Sox’ organization. A four-year letterman on the Springfield College golf team, LaBossiere was the team captain as a junior and senior. He is a native New Englander, having grown up in Central Falls, R.I., which is about 50 miles south of Boston.
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