The Baylor baseball team honored Baylor football and track coach Bill McMahan, asking him to throw the first pitch before the game vs. McCallie on Wednesday, April 28. McMahan has announced his retirement effective at the end of the school year, his 47th on the Baylor faculty.
Jokingly, McMahan squinted in for a sign from Baylor catcher Cooper Kinney then hesitated and reached into his pocket for reading glasses before firing a strike (he said it was a slider) over the inside corner.
McMahan, who graduated from Baylor in 1967, has a special tie with the Baylor baseball program. The team's playing field, part of the Gene and Eddie Etter Baseball Complex, is named in memory of his late brother, Wyatt, who graduated Baylor in 1969 and was a great baseball player.
McMahan says he could not have completed his 47 years at Baylor without the support of his family, who joined him at the ceremony. Pictured below (left to right) are McMahan's son, Knox, wife Debbie, grandchildren Wyatt and Olivia LaPorta, Coach McMahan, Allison McMahan LaPorta '01, and Nick LaPorta.