The Topeka Golden Giants and Rossville Rattlers paid tribute to longtime coach and mentor Brett Cowdin.
Cowdin died at the age of 54 last November and was the founder of both organizations.
“My dad definitely left me the reigns and gave me the tools to put a good team out there and play baseball the right way and act the way you’re supposed to act on and off the field,” Toby Cowdin, Rossville Rattlers manager and son of Brett Cowdin said.
Cowdin’s family was recognized before Thursday night’s meeting between the Golden Giants and Rattlers. The Golden Giants retired Cowdin’s No. 14 jersey.
“For the Giants to go the extra mile and retire his number it really means a lot to me and my family,” Toby Cowdin said.
“I’ve known Brett for a long time since I was younger,” Golden Giants manager John Tetuan said. “He coached me in football and baseball in high school and then I worked with him coaching football and baseball. And then obviously I worked with him with the Golden Giants. He always treated me like a son and did anything he could for me. I love him and his family. He was great to the Topeka community and all of the lives that he’s touched.”
The Topeka Golden Giants won Thursday’s game 8 to 6 in 10 innings.