Office of Alumni Relations
  • Future Students
    Begin Your Journey at Berry

    » Admissions Home 

    » Academics Home 

    » Campus Life 

     

    Undergraduate Admission 

    Graduate Admission 

    International Admission 

    Transfer Admission 

    Athletics Recruiting 

    Financial Aid Information 

    Visit Campus 

    Information Request 

    Pay Your Deposit 

    Apply Online 

    VikingWeb Student Portal 

    Virtual Tour

  • Berry Students
    Student Services

    VikingWeb 

    Bookstore 

    Campus Safety 

    Career Center 

    Computer Labs 

    Counseling Center 

    Dining Services 

    Disability Services 

    Health & Wellness 

    Jobs on Campus 

    Mail Services 

    Tech Support 

    Tutoring 

    The Writing Center 

    Academics

    Academic Calendar 

    Academic Student Services 

    Campbell School of Business 

    Charter School of Education & Human Sciences 

    Evans School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences 

    School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences 

    Division of Nursing

    Majors/Programs 

    Catalogs 

    Honors Program 

    International Programs (Study Abroad) 

    Memorial Library 

    Research Scholarships and Programs 

    Student Life

    Dean of Students 

    Cage Center Info 

    Intramurals 

    KCAB 

    Outdoor Recreation 

    Rome Area Info 

    SGA 

    Service Opportunities 

    Sports/Athletics 

    Student Activities 

    Student Directory 

    Student Housing 

    Student Work 

    Viking Code Handbook 

    Viking Fusion 

    Students

    Enrollment & Financial Information

    Business Office 

    Financial Aid 

    Registrar 

    Tuition and Fees

  • Alumni & Friends

    Visit the Berry Alumni Web Site 

    Alumni Accent Archives 

    Alumni Center 

    Event Calendar 

    Berry Magazine 

    Sports Info & News 

    Support Berry 

    Alumni 
  • Parents & Family

    Parent Information 

    FAQ for Parents 

    Contacts 

    Admissions 

    Academic Programs 

    Academic Student Services 

    Berry News 

    Business Office 

    Campus Safety 

    Counseling Center 

    Dean of Students 

    Dining Plan 

    Financial Aid 

    Health & Wellness 

    Sports News & Info 

    Student Housing 

    Parents 
  • Faculty & Staff

    VikingWeb 

    Business Office 

    Campus Safety 

    Event Calendar 

    Faculty & Staff Directory 

    Human Resources (VikingWeb) 

    Mail Services 

    Tech Support 

    Faculty
  • Quick Links

    Academic Calendar

    Administration 

    Admissions Application 

    Alumni 

    Berry Kids Programs 

    BERRY Magazine 

    BOLD Program 

    Bookstore 

    Business Office 

    Campus Police 

    Campus Visit 

    Career Center 

    Catalogs 

    Chaplain's Office 

    Child Development Center 

    Commencement Information 

    Cottages 

    Counseling Center 

    Cultural Events Requirements 

    Dining 

    Driving Directions 

    Elementary/Middle School

    Financial Aid 

    First-year Experience 

    Graduate of Education 

    Health and Wellness 

    Human Resources 

    Information Technology 

    Institutional Research 

    Instructional Technology 

    Interfaith Council 

    International Programs (Study Abroad) 

    Intramurals 

    KCAB 

    Mail Services 

    Majors List 

    MBA Program 

    Multicultural Affairs 

    Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum 

    Outdoor Recreation 

    Pay Bill 

    Performing Arts 

    Plan4ward 

    President's Office 

    Provost 

    Public Relations 

    Quick Facts 

    Registrar 

    Research

    Residence Life 

    SGA 

    Student Activities 

    Student Orientation (SOAR) 

    Student Printing FAQ

    Student Work Experience Program 

    Sustainability and Environmental Compliance 

    Viking Code Handbook 

    WAC (Writing Across Curriculum) 

    Women's Studies 

    Writing Center 

1966 Berry Baseball

Championship baseball team honored

This story was written by Ashley McIntyre, sports editor for the Campus Carrier. The photo is courtesy of student photographer David Chiem. Both are reprinted with permission from the Carrier.  

In 1966, the Beatles proclaimed themselves to be "more popular than Jesus," actor Ronald Reagan was elected the governor of California and the Vietnam War was still being heavily contested. Garland Dickey was the athletic director at Berry and college baseball players still used wooden bats. That was the same year the Vikings baseball team won its first championship, with one of the best seasons in school history. 

On Saturday, Feb. 20, Berry's first conference championship baseball team met for a reunion to celebrate their accomplishments and memories. The Vikings won the Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 1966 and were runners-up in the NAIA Area 7 Tournament. They broke Berry's single-season wins record with 29, and had a regular season record of 25-10. The 1965 team, who won 13 regular season games, set the previous record. Head coach Jerry Shelton was named GIAC coach of the year and was the NAIA District 25 coach of the year. 

The Vikings defeated West Georgia 3-1 to clinch the GIAC title. Don Law hit a home run, while his brother Gerry Law and Terry Jones had one RBI each. The Vikings played an errorless game while Renny Bryner pitched a six-hit game. 

"This was the greatest part of my life," said Don Law, former Vikings infielder. "We traveled in two vans. The facilities weren't so great back then, but the fans were great and it was great winning. We got in a few scraps too." 

Randy Davis, owner of the local radio stations TalkRadio WLAQ 1410 and 95.7 "The Ridge," was the event's master of ceremonies at Saturday's event. Davis introduced baseball head coach David Beasley and shared an experience from traveling with the team. Davis said that in his time broadcasting games and traveling with Beasley's team, he has picked up on a few things. 

"I've learned that there’s Eastern Standard Time, Eastern Daylight Time and then there’s Coach Beasley Time," Davis said. "You’d better be on Beasley time, or else the bus will leave you." 

Beasley spoke to the team before coaching the Vikings’ doubleheader against UVa.-Wise on Saturday. 

"Looking at you guys today represents what we try and teach our kids about sports; the long lasting friendships," he said. "Forty-three years later and you guys are still all together."  

Beasley addressed Berry's transition to the NCAA's Division III and although his team will not be able to compete for a championship for another three years, Beasley said he is encouraging his team to believe in the transition, and that Berry gives students and athletes a chance to be successful. 

"I told them that the next championship we win will be up to them. The soonest one will be up to them, and I believe we will make it to the NCAA World Series," Beasley said. 

During the course of the program, an anonymous $2,000 donation was given to the baseball program on behalf of the 1966 team. 

Shelton and brothers Gary Law and Don Law were all recently inducted into the Rome/Floyd Sports Hall of Fame. 

Former outfielder and current author John Dixon was in charge of the reflections portion of the program. He told stories about haggling the players at Georgia Tech, playing cards on team trips and surviving the repair of a pitching machine. 

"I'm lucky to be alive fixing that pitching machine," Dixon said. 

Dixon also expressed his appreciation to his former coach Shelton.  

"We owe you more than you’ll be able to know, or how much we appreciate you," Dixon said. 

Towards the end of the luncheon, Dixon reflected on how far they had come over the years. 

"If our lives are a baseball game, we'd be at the top of the 8th inning, and that's sad," Dixon said. "We'll never be around quite like this again, and I’m glad to be around such great people as this." 

The 1966 team was honored by the 2010 team before the first half of a double-header against UVa.-Wise on Feb. 20. Shelton threw the ceremonial first pitch. The Vikings went on to sweep the double-header, with scores of 13-2 and 3-2.  

Copyright © 2013 Berry College • 2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW • Mount Berry, GA 30149 • (706) 232 5374
  Berry Home | Directions | Policies | Employment | Translations: Chinese | Español | Korean   
Follow us:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • LinkedIn
  • Flickr
  • Instagram
Hide Berry Social Media Channel