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Baseball retires Granderson’s No. 28

Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson will be honored by the Flames Feb. 6.

“Curtis is a great representative of our baseball program and I’m really happy that we are recognizing him,” head baseball coach Mike Dee said.

“Retiring someone’s jersey is really significant and no one more deserves that than Curtis.”

Granderson, a College of Business Administration graduate, played three years with the Flames (2000-2002), achieving All-American status in his final season.  In 2002, Granderson set single-season program records with a .483 batting average, 100 hits and 76 runs scored.

He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the third round (80th overall) of the 2002 MLB draft and stayed with the organization until 2009, when he was traded to the New York Yankees.

In 2011, he earned the American League Silver Slugger Award, given to the best player at each position, and finished fourth in the MVP voting.

Granderson belted a career-high 43 home runs this season, becoming the fifth Yankee to hit 40 bombs in back-to-back seasons (41 in 2011).

For ticket information to the Diamond Dinner, call 312-996-5874 or email kkozack@uic.edu.

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