Faulkner University Honors Lamar Harrison, Father of Faulkner Baseball
Faulkner honored the father of Faulkner baseball, longtime university board member and benefactor Lamar Harrison on Wednesday at “Lamar A. Harrison Day” on campus.
The Harrison family was in attendance at a special chapel service Wednesday morning. Harrison’s impact on the program and its student-athletes specifically and the university as a whole was documented through a video presentation. Additionally, Harrison received a personalized Faulkner Baseball jersey and a 2013 NAIA World Series ring from baseball coach Patrick McCarthy.
During the ceremony, Faulkner president Mike Williams spoke about the impact Harrison has had on the students of Faulkner University.
“Lamar Harrison’s legacy wasn’t just a first class facility at Faulkner University,” Williams said. “It was building champions of character like the men you just saw. Men who’s lives have impacted our world long after they hung up their cleats. Men who, like Lamar Harrison, want to build something.”
Following the ceremony, a luncheon was held in Harrison’s honor, attended by Faulkner baseball alumni and others. The Eagles hosted Talladega on Wednesday afternoon at 2, where Harrison threw out the first pitch with many of the Harrison family and former players looking on.
Harrison spearheaded plans for Faulkner’s baseball field, which now bears his name. It is generally considered one of the nicest facilities in the NAIA. The field stands as a lasting testament to the dream Harrison had, according to Williams.
“To say that Lamar Harrison was the chief architect of Faulkner baseball is a gross understatement,” Williams said. “In reality, he invested in the lives of young men. These young men developed into principled leaders in their families, communities and churches. It is true that Faulkner baseball has won national championships and numerous conference accolades, yet his legacy is best expressed in the men of character built at Harrison Field.”