June 24, 2008
Newton - The Georgia baseball team is attempting to become the second Bulldog squad to win the College World Series.
The Bulldogs only national championship came in 1990.
One member of that 1990 team is Tommy Owen.
Owen, who played at Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus, had .300 batting average as a catcher on the 1990 team.
Despite playing every other game in the regular season that year, Owen didn't get to play in the World Series because the Bulldogs other catcher batted almost .500 in the postseason.
A former member of the Georgia State Patrol, Tommy Owen is now a cropduster pilot in the Baker and Calhoun County area and he is watching every pitch of this year's series hoping the Bulldogs can win another national title.
Tommy Owen said "You still can remember the things that went on, the sights and the sounds. Who you played. The pitchers and the players you played against. What they did after that and the big leagues. It is exciting time."
Tommy Owen played a couple of seasons in the minor leagues including one year in the Atlanta Braves organization.
He says the 1990 team had a reunion in 2000 and he hopes for a 20 year reunion in two years.