Baseball field named in honor
of the late Ted Davenport
By Bill Sublette
Board of Visitors voted
April 5 to name the playing field in the Universitys
baseball stadium Davenport Field, in honor of the
late Thomas Edward Ted Davenport, a former captain
of the Cavalier baseball team who oversaw fund raising for athletics
scholarships at Virginia for 30 years.
University will officially dedicate the field at 6:45 p.m. on
April 13, just before U.Va.s game against Wake Forest.
of the Bermuda-grass playing surface was completed in 1998 as
part of a renovation funded by donors to the Universitys
recent campaign. A more extensive reconstruction of the Universitys
ballpark was launched last summer and is nearing completion.
who died Nov. 26, graduated from the Curry
School of Education in 1953 and was a two-time captain of
the Virginia baseball team and a two-time all-state selection.
From 1958 to 1988, he was executive director and secretary-treasurer
of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation, which raises funds for
U.Va.s sports programs. During his tenure, VSAF received
more than $29.4 million in gifts for scholarships for student-athletes,
capital projects, and other athletics needs.
served as head coach of the U.Va. baseball team for the 1960 and
1961 seasons and was head golf coach from 1979 to 1981. After
stepping down as executive director of the VSAF in 1988, he served
until 1992 as chief operating officer of the Virginia Auxiliary
Services Foundation, which at that time managed the Universitys
Birdwood Golf Course.
Davenport worked tirelessly to foster the support of alumni and
other friends of the University, acquiring the means to recruit
athletes who could compete at the highest level in intercollegiate
sports and at the same time take full advantage of the rich academic
environment at the University, said Craig Littlepage, director
of athletics at U.Va. Few individuals have been more instrumental
in achieving what is now a winning tradition at Virginia.
naming the state-of-the-art playing surface for Davenport, the
University pays tribute to one of Cavalier baseballs most
ardent fans, said Dennis Womack, head baseball coach. I
can think of no better way to recognize his dedication to student-athletes,
his leadership role in fund raising for the athletics program,
and his belief in the baseball stadium project, said Womack.
installation of Davenport Field was the first step in the transformation
of the Universitys ballpark into one of the best places
to play and watch baseball in the Atlantic Coast Conference,
June 2001, with $2 million in gifts from anonymous donors, the
University launched a $5 million reconstruction effort that includes
a 1,500-seat canopied grandstand, new stadium lights, new dugouts,
an onsite locker room and clubhouse, a new press box, and space
for skyboxes that can be leased by fans or corporate sponsors.
Fund raising for the project is approaching the 80 percent mark,
and much of the work on the stadium was completed in time for
the 2002 season.