NORMAN, Okla. -- Members of Oklahoma’s 1994 national champion baseball team returned to Norman last weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their crowning achievement.
A private reception was held Friday night for the players and their families and Saturday’s events included an autograph signing session and a special recognition during the Sooners’ football game versus the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Players traveled from as far away as California, Maryland and Nevada to participate in the festivities.
Head coach Larry Cochell, who is entering his 15th season at OU and led the program to its second national title in ’94, enjoyed catching up with his former players and indicated the closeness of the team 10 years ago resulted in the success in the return of all but three players.
“It was great seeing all of the guys and it just shows the closeness of that team with the effort they all made to come back for the reunion,” Cochell said.
Several of the returning players also expressed their pleasure with rekindling old friendships and reminiscing the glory of that championship season.
“My highlights of the weekend were seeing how everyone has grown up to be good people. We’re really excited to be here and signing autographs again, you forget how good those things are,” commented former Sooner hurler Tim Walton who was the winning pitcher in the championship game.
“I think its neat that we get to come back and see how everyone has grown up and matured and changed, but how there’s still a common bond 10 years later,” said fellow pitcher and former teammate Matt Williams. “We can talk about the things in the past and how they’re still dear to our hearts.”