BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Friday night will not only be the first game of an important SEC series against Mississippi State. It will also be a celebration for a former Tiger first baseman.
Prior to LSU's baseball game against the Bulldogs, the jersey of Eddy Furniss will be retired in a 6:45 p.m. ceremony.
The first baseman's famous No. 36 will join legendary head coach Skip Bertman's No. 15 and pitching ace Ben McDonald's No. 19 as the only retired jerseys in program history.
Furniss was named an All-American in each of his first three seasons, SEC Player of the Year in 1996 and is a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Furniss was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft. He played five seasons in the minors before retiring to concentrate on a medical career.
LSU will also give away Eddie Furniss posters to the first 5,000 fans to enter Alex Box Stadium Friday night.
First pitch for Game One between LSU and Mississippi State is set for 7 p.m.