Baseball's Frates Will Serve as Honorary Captain with Brigance
May 13, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Former player and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates and former NFL player O.J. Brigance will serve as honorary captains at the Boston College baseball team's game at Maryland on May 16. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
During warm-ups, the Terrapins and Eagles will wear Brigance Brigade tee shirts in honor of both players' courageous battles against ALS. Brigance and Frates will bring out the lineup cards prior to the game and watch from their respective dugouts throughout the game.
Brigance is one of the few professional football players to win both a Canadian Football League and National Football League championship, and the only one to do it in the same city - Baltimore, Md. Brigance joined the Ravens in 2000, helped the team claim a Super Bowl victory and now works as Senior Advisor to Player Development. In 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a motor neuron disease. Following his diagnosis with ALS, O.J. and his wife Chanda created the Brigance Brigade Fund to raise funds to improve the quality of life of ALS patients and their families.
Frates was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012 at 27 years old. A Beverly, Mass., native, he played in the outfield for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07. A captain his senior year, he finished his BC career with 107 starts, a .228 average, 88 hits, 56 RBIs, 11 home runs and 34 stolen bases. At the 2013 Baseball Night in Boston, he was honored with the Eddie Pellagrini Award, presented by the Diamond Club, given to a former player who has devoted service back to the baseball program. Frates uses baseball as a way to raise awareness through his fund the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which also helps raise funds for costly treatments and medical care.