In 2007, Columbia upgraded its baseball field by installing a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface known as FieldTurf. As a result, the Lions could practice and play outside more often in February and March, the early months of the NCAA baseball season.
In Fall 2010, Columbia completed extensive work on the stadium surrounding the playing field. Today, fans enjoy chairback seating and expanded seating down the first-base line. The facility also features a new home dugout, press box, and multimedia scoreboard.
In 2008 Columbia won its first Ivy League title in more than 30 years. The team has continued to be competitive, winning the league’s Lou Gehrig Division in 2010.
Hal Robertson ’81SEAS, an industrial engineer and banker, played varsity football and baseball at Columbia and was co-captain of the baseball team as a senior.
“I thought about how much the University has meant to me over the last 30 years and thought it was the right thing to do,” said Robertson. “Columbia gave me my start to my professional career and this was an opportunity to give back.”
In 2010, former Lions second baseman Phillip Satow ’63CC, a longtime executive in the pharmaceutical industry, received a Varsity C Alumni Award in recognition of his support for Columbia Athletics. He and his family have made numerous gifts to Columbia, including the Satow Family Scholarship Fund and the widely used Jed D. Satow Room on the fifth floor of Alfred Lerner Hall.
Of his gift, Satow said, “It was a natural fit. I love Columbia. I have always been a supporter of Columbia athletics. And I love baseball; it is one of the loves of my life.”
Published: June 2011