HBCU News: Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Connor Will Be Recognized During First Pitch At SIAC Baseball Championship Game

ATLANTA (May 6, 2017) – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) is pleased to announce that Pat O’Connor, Minor League Baseball President and Chief Executive Officer, will attend the 2017 SIAC Baseball Championship game on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, Ga.

Pat O’Connor has spent 33 years in professional baseball, including the last 23 in the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) offices

O’Connor will be recognized during the ceremonial first pitch of the championship game and will together with SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore present student-athletes with the all-tournament and team awards during the post-game championship trophy presentation.

SIAC commissioner Gregory Moore remarked, “Hosting the SIAC Baseball Championship at Lake Olmstead Stadium, the home of the Augusta Green Jackets, the minor league of the San Francisco Giants, has been an experience our student-athletes will not soon forget. However, the student-athlete experience will undoubtedly be enhanced by the presence and participation of Minor League Baseball Commissioner Pat O’ Connor at the championship finale.”

The SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and includes fifteen member institutions (Albany State University, Benedict College, Central State University, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Paine College, Spring Hill College, and Tuskegee University). The SIAC sponsors six women’s sports and seven men’s sports and is a proud member of the NCAA Division II.

About Pat O’Connor
Pat O’Connor has spent 33 years in professional baseball, including the last 23 in the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) offices. The Grove City, Ohio native received a degree in economics and finance from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Since arriving at the Minor League Baseball headquarters, O’Connor has overseen a period of unprecedented increases in revenue and franchise values. Minor League Baseball set new attendance records for five consecutive years and has attracted over 41 million fans in each of the last 11 seasons.