Jacoby Ellsbury’s name will go down in history. Not as the greatest Native baseball player to ever play the game, (and perhaps it will) but in a more personal way.
The Yankee’s centerfielder donated $1 million to his alma mater. According to an Oregon State press release, Ellsbury, who is Navajo and Colorado River Indian tribes, made the donation to expand the baseball team’s locker room facilities.
"OSU Baseball has given me so much," Ellsbury told OregonLive.com. "I am thrilled I am able to help my alma mater carry on its proud tradition; and perhaps, this expansion will convince a few more Pacific Northwest recruits to wear OSU orange and black."
OSU also plans to name its locker room facilities after the former Beaver.
Goss Stadium is in need of a few updates, including its overall infrastructure. The project is expected to cost $2.8 million and the enhancements are for the locker room, equipment room, a team meeting space and a new recruiting area. Ellsbury’s contribution accounts for 1/3 of the cost, SBNation.com says.
"We are tremendously thankful," coach Pat Casey said in the release. "Great facilities are at the core of great programs, and with Jacoby's generous gift we will be able to continue to offer our student-athletes a world-class experience."
"Oregon State is where I got my start," Ellsbury said. "It's where I learned -- from Coach Casey, teammates, and assistant coaches -- how to be a successful athlete, a successful person. For that, I am forever grateful."