April 24, 2010
The University of Missouri Department of Athletics and the Mizzou Baseball program officially opened the McArtor Baseball Facility in a ceremony on Saturday. The new addition, which is located in the left field corner of Taylor Stadium, includes indoor batting cages and pitching mounds.
The facility was named in honor of Gene McArtor, who is a former player, coach and administrator at Mizzou. As a player at Missouri, McArtor won all-conference and all-district honors as a first baseman from 1961-63. He played on two Big Eight Conference championship teams and two squads which advanced to the College World Series. He served as team captain as a senior.
He returned to MU as assistant baseball coach in 1969 after coaching and teaching at the high school level in his hometown, St. Louis. McArtor served in that role until 1974 when he succeeded John "Hi" Simmons as the Tigers' head coach. During his 21 years at the helm, McArtor compiled a 733-430-3 record and won Big Eight championships in 1976 and 1980. He guided six teams to the NCAA Tournament, coached 13 All-Americans and 41 all-conference players.
McArtor served on the NCAA Baseball Committee from 1987-92, including two years as chairman, during a period of unprecedented growth for the CWS. Former president of the American Baseball Coaches Association, McArtor is a member of the ABCA Hall of Fame, the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the Missouri State Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999. Since retiring as baseball coach, he continued to serve MU first at the Senior Associate Director of Athletics and then as director of project management. He also served as the Interim Director of Athletics for several months in 1998. He currently is the NCAA National Coordinator for Baseball Umpires
"We are so pleased to be able to honor Coach McArtor like this," Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden said. "He has been associated with Mizzou for nearly 50 years and has done so much for the University, the Athletics Department and the baseball program. It only seems fitting to recognize him for all he's meant to Mizzou. The McArtor Baseball Facility is an impressive addition at Taylor Stadium and I know Coach Jamieson and the current Tigers are excited to have another venue in which to train."
The McArtor Baseball Facility houses three FieldTurf batting lanes, with dirt pitching mounds in two of the lanes. In addition, the building includes a team room and conference room.
"This facility is a great addition for our team," Mizzou Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "It allows our players somewhere to workout in 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The new additions really enhance the look and feel of the ballpark. We are very excited to have the facility in place and to be able to recognize Coach McArtor by naming it in his honor. He has done a lot for Mizzou Baseball and this is just one way to show our appreciation."
Other recent renovations at Taylor Stadium include a new videoboard/scoreboard, a new brick wall that spans foul territory and new bleachers in rightfield. In addition, both bullpens have been upgraded and a new outfield wall has been installed. Future plans call for a new clubhouse and coaches' offices, as well as expanded seating.
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