TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 3, 2019) – Tallahassee Community College will welcome its 1967-71 baseball teams back to campus on Saturday, February 23 when the current Eagles host Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College at Eagle Field.
Team members in attendance will be recognized prior to first pitch, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.
When the College opened in 1966 as Tallahassee Junior College, baseball was the Eagles’ primary sport. Under the direction of head coach Dr. Carl Nelson, TJC participated in baseball for five years before the College dissolved athletics following the 1971 season.
Athletics didn’t return to TCC for 20 years.
“Many people are unaware that athletics existed when the College was established,” said current director of athletics Rob Chaney. “Coach Nelson’s teams are part of our history and we’re excited to welcome the original Eagles back to TCC.”
Although the College was not affiliated with the NJCAA during its initial venture with intercollegiate athletics, it did compete against other members of what is now known as the Florida College System Activities Association. In five seasons, Nelson’s Eagles compiled a record of 62-46-1.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Following the 1969 season, Nelson took this team to South America and won six out of eight games against international competition during a two-week tour in Columbia.
All former players and coaches from the 1967-71 teams are invited to attend.