On Sunday, April 28, approximately 35 alumni of Kean University who played for its baseball team came together for the annual “Diamonds Are Forever” reunion. As part of the event, the former players got to watch the current Kean Cougars in action as they split their doubleheader with Rowan University and clinched the top seed in the NJAC Tournament for the third straight season. The alumni were also treated to a buffet luncheon in the university’s Harwood Arena, where they enjoyed swapping stories about their playing days and picking themselves out from a slide show featuring more than 50 years of baseball at Kean.

Pictured, left to right, are: Pete Kowalsky ’79, Bob Ostrom ’76, Joe Ross ’77, Alan Frank ’78, Bob Melillo ’76, former Kean baseball head coach Rich Bakker, Milt Belford ’62, Richard Smith ’75, Rich Marasco ’60, Gene Foti ’60, Jack Gutjahr ’59, Joe Kaufman ’60, Bob Golden ’85, Art Lundgren ’63, Chris Lundgren, Ed Sjonell ’62, Owen Nutto ’58, Gary Luciano ’72, Jim Sulva ’63, Michael Zinno ’86, and Anthony Coco ’84.

For information about upcoming alumni reunions at Kean University, including the “50 Plus Reunion” on May 21 for alumni from the Class of 1962 and earlier, please visit www.keanalumni.org, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (908) 737-ALUM (2586) or alumni@kean.edu. (Kean University was known as Newark State College until 1973, and as Kean College of New Jersey until 1997.)

Photo Credit: Edie Sachs/Kean University Foundation