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Baseball Head Trainers, All SC Grads, Reunite At Fenway Park

As the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals faced each other for the first time since the 1967 World Series on June 10-12, and the Houston Astros visited Boston on June 13-15, their head athletic trainers, Barry Weinberg, Dave LaBossiereand Jim Rowe, met at Fenway Park.

Besides being veteran head athletic trainers for Major League Baseball franchises, Weinberg, LaBossiere and Rowe 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. In fact, more head athletic trainers in Major League Baseball received their bachelor’s degree at Springfield College than at any other institution in the country. LaBossiere '74, Rowe '87 and Weinberg '73 all earned bachelor of science degrees in physical education at the college.

LaBossiere, who has been on the Astros’ training staff since 1983 and got his start in the Red Sox’ organization, visits Fenway Park when the Astros and Red Sox play for the first time ever. A four-year letterman on the golf team, LaBossiere was the team captain as a junior and senior.

Rowe worked his way up through the minor leagues before accepting his current post with the Red Sox 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. Initially a starter in the outfield as a junior in 1972, he was moved to third base after an injury to All-American Bill Howard. That season, Weinberg hit .278 and led the team in walks (23) as SC finished with a 19-5 mark. Weinberg ripped a home run during the SC baseball alumni game last November.

Weinberg has served as the master of ceremonies for numerous alumni events, including the 2002 Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. He won the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000.
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