Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Play Ball" in the Bigs for Two Ferris State Alumni

Brian Bartow, a graduate of Ferris State's public relations program, entered his 25th season in the St. Louis Cardinals front office this week when the Major League Baseball team embarked on the new season. He's the Director of Media Relations for Cardinals and a native of Battle Creek. And remember, Bartow and the Cardinals won the World Series title over the upstart Detroit Tigers in 2006.
Bartow was a student assistant in Ferris State’s sports information office for two years as an undergraduate and served as the statistician and public address announcer for Bulldog baseball while completing his bachelor’s. He is highly respected in major league baseball circles for his professional touch and personable style.

Meanwhile, Major League umpire Jeff Kellogg, a 1983 Criminal Justice major, was the man in the mask behind home plate last Sunday (April 5) when ESPN launched the 2009 baseball season in Philadelphia in a game between the defending World Champion Phillies and the Atlanta Braves. Kellogg never played baseball at Ferris but has developed into one of the top umpires during his 16-years in the bigs.

Kellogg hails from Coldwater, Michigan, but had never met Bartow until the two chatted a few years ago (once they discovered their Ferris roots through mutual friends). Together, they give the Bulldogs a professionalism we can all be proud of.

(contact: Ted Halm - halmt@ferris.edu)

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