Pete Frates’ No. 3 will never be worn again by a Boston College baseball player.
The Eagles officially will retire the former captain’s No. 3 prior to Saturday’s game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field. The contest will be the fifth annual ALS Awareness Game, which raises awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which Frates was diagnosed with in March 2012.
“To me, it’s a pretty easy decision,” BC baseball manager Mike Gambino said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. “Pete texted me afterwards joking, saying something about being a .240 career hitter, but that doesn’t even come close to showing the impact he has on this program.”
Frates’ fight against ALS became well known in the summer of 2014, when he started the Ice Bucket Challenge, which helped raise over $200 million toward a cure.
The ceremony is scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. ET, roughly 20 minutes before the game.
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