WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Bill Barrale's Williams College baseball team will wear wrist bands honoring former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates as the Ephs support the cause to strike out the disease ALS ("Lou Gehrig's disease") when they host RPI at 4:00 p.m. on Bobby Coombs Field.
Frates was the inspiration behind the famed "Bucket Challenge" that swept the nation recently and generated millions for ALS research.
Mike Gambino, head baseball coach at Boston College, is trying to make ALS the cause for all college baseball coaches and has asked all of the New England Division I, II and III college teams to support the cause by wearing Pete Frates wrist bands in a game this season.
"It was just two years ago that Pete Frates was traveling with the Boston College team and acting as the Director of Baseball Operations," Gambino noted. "Sadly, Pete won't be making any trips this year as his condition continues to deteriorate. Proudly, Pete's condition hasn't stopped Pete from fighting or from making a difference."
"The past two years have seen Pete single-handedly start what can only be described as a phenomenon -- the ALS ice bucket challenge," added Gambino. "That challenge has not only increased awareness but has raised millions of dollars for the cause. With that newfound research money doctors are making significant headway in coming up with a cure."
Gambino reminds all that, as Pete always says, "Like it or not, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease is our disease. Baseball owns this disease because of its namesake."
Little known fact: Lou Gehrig once no-hit the Ephs while pitching for Columbia University.
"The goal is to help achieve one of Pete's major goals -- that ALS will be THE cause that college baseball rallies around," concluded Gambino."