Rod Dedeaux would have been 100 years old on Monday. Unfortunately, the famous USC baseball coach died in January 2006 after complications from a stroke.
Otherwise, the architect of the college baseball’s most dominant program would still be calling everyone “Tiger” and still be everyone’s friend.
On Sunday, the University of Southern California honored Rod Dedeaux with a statue of the former Trojans’ skipper holding his arm up above his head with his hat held to the sky, forever tipping his cap to those that enter the gates at Dedeaux Field.
“I think it’s fitting that the first thing fans will see when they walk in is Rod Dedeaux,” current USC head coach Dan Hubbs said.