Longtime fans of the KCC baseball team might get a sense of deja vu while watching the Bruins take the field this year, as the team is donning replicas of jerseys worn during some of the program’s most successful seasons.
“The throwback jerseys are our way of honoring the 1999 and 2002 World Series teams,” Head KCC Baseball Coach Eric Laskovy said. “Those teams earned the first two World Series appearances in our great history, led by the late great Russ Bortell and assistant coach Jim Miller.”
Laskovy, who was an assistant coach during the 2002 season and is starting his 16th year as head coach, said many of the players on those teams were local and continue to raise families and work in the area.
Those early successes were just the first of more to come. The KCC baseball team has made six National Junior College Athletic Association World Series appearances since, including a third-place finish in 2021.
The jerseys are a fun callback sure to be appreciated by alumni and future alumni alike.
“Our current student-athletes love them,” Laskovy said.
This article first appeared in the March 2022 edition of BruIN magazine. For more information visit kellogg.edu/bruin-magazine.