2011 was quite the year for Concordia baseball. NAIA National Champions, GSAC Tournament Champions, and 12-straight wins, all Concordia records.
For baseball fans and not, a trip to Cooperstown, New York to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is a chance to view the paramount aspects of America's Pastime. The Hall features all of baseball's Hall of Fame members, as well as a history of the game.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame features the national champions of every division of college baseball in their display cases every year. Concordia's 2011 squad is currently enjoying their year under glass. The display features a picture of Concordia's squad with their NAIA National Championship Banner in Lewiston, ID and head coach Mike Grahovac's hat from that season.
The Hall was established in 1936 and has been a father-son and baseball enthusiast Bucket-Lister for decades. The Hall averages 315,000 visitors a year to its Cooperstown, NY location.
For anyone around the sport, Cooperstown serves as the Mecca of baseball accomplishments and to be showcased there is an honor beyond words.
"2011 was such a fantastic year and to be showcased among the game's immortals in Cooperstown is overwhelming," CU head coach Mike Grahovac said. "I want to thank the staff at Cooperstown for giving us this opportunity and this is a very proud moment for our program and kids. Concordia's athletic program continues to build national prominence and being showcased in Cooperstown only furthers that goal."
The Eagles will remain in the display case until March, when the 2012 NAIA Champions will take their place. The 2013 Eagles begin their season at home on January 25th.