The LSU Tigers have seen their fair share of success on the baseball diamond as they are one of the powerhouse programs year in and year out. It looks like they are going to be enshrining another player when they retire All-American first baseman Edy Furniss’s number 36 jersey Friday night.
Furniss was a great player for the Tigers from 1995 to 1998 and he will join the ranks of former players to have their jersey retired, including Skip Bertman’s No. 15 and the No. 19 sported by pitcher Ben McDonald. The Tigers introduced a special SnapChat filter to be used at the stadium during the ceremony Friday night.
Furniss spoke with WBRZ about the honor and was nearly brought to tears when he mentioned the announcement from athletic director Joe Alleva.
“It’s a company where you don’t even feel like you belong,” said Furniss. “I wasn’t a great athlete. I didn’t run well; I could hit a little bit. I went to the park and gave what I had, and many times it was good enough. The biggest deal with me, I had so many good players and good teammates around me. I was just in the right place at the right position at exactly the right time to do what I did.”
He is one of ten former LSU athletes and coaches to have their jersey retired, joining Shaquille O’Neal and Pete Maravich among others.
He had a great career during his time with the Tigers. He still leads the SEC in hits with 352, home runs with 80, RBI with 308, doubles with 87 and total bases with 689, according to LSUsports.net. The NCAA record book places the player at the No. 3 position in all-time total bases, No. 4 in home runs and doubles and No. 5 in RBI.
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