(For the baseball and Louisiana Tech fans in the audience.)
Rebel Oakes led the way to the pros
When you think of Louisiana Tech athletes who went on to play professional sports in the "old days," stars like Terry Bradshaw, George Stone, and Mike Barber may come to mind.
Those Tech athletes from the 60's and 70's may not care to have their college careers viewed as ancient history, even though decades have passed since they donned a Bulldog uniform.
The old days—as far as the first time Tech sent one of its own to a pro ball club—go back nearly as far as the university itself.
The first steps in organizing a formal sports program at Tech were taken in 1901 when the first coach was hired. Coach Barber was responsible for all physical education on the campus, including the football, baseball, and basketball teams.
Baseball was one the first programs to get up and running at Tech and would be the first sport to send a player to the pros.