Mariners to Honor Bobo Brayton on Cougar Day
Prior to Saturday’s game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, the Mariners will honor the life and legacy of legendary Washington State University Baseball Coach Charles “Bobo” Brayton. Brayton passed away in late March.
Brayton skippered Washington State for 33 seasons (1962-94) and won nearly 70 percent of his games, compiling 1,162 career wins. His Cougar squads captured 21 conference titles, made 10 NCAA postseason appearances and a pair of trips to the College World Series (1965, 1976). Together, Bailey and Brayton combined to win two-thirds of their games in 65 seasons. The current Cougar facility is named Bailey-Brayton Field in their honor and in 2007 Brayton was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Saturday is “WSU Cougar Day” at Safeco Field, and what better way to honor one of the greatest Cougs of all-time. Bobo’s wife, Eileen, and son’s, Herb and Fritz, will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Here are two articles on Bobo and his legacy as a college baseball coach:
- Bobo Brayton a Cougar to the end | Spokesman Review | By John Blanchette
- Bobo Brayton: My last interview with WSU’s baseball legend | Seattle Times | By Larry Stone