LSU to honor 1986 College World Series team before Saturday’s Alabama game _lowres

Advocate file photo -- Skip Bertman

LSU will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of its first trip to the College World Series on Saturday, honoring the 1986 team that was Skip Bertman’s first to reach Omaha.

The team, which finished fifth in the College World Series, was Bertman’s third in Baton Rouge and featured six future Major Leaguers, including Albert Belle, Mark Guthrie and Rob Leary.

After winning both the SEC regular season and tournament titles, the team defeated Tulane 7-6 in a regional title game at the old Alex Box Stadium to get the school’s first College World Series berth. Since this team’s accomplishments, LSU has returned to Omaha 16 times, winning six national championships.

Burke Broussard, the former head coach at University High School, played second base for the team.

“I think the team was special because we always did things together as a team, no matter who you were,” Broussard said in a news release. “Although we had all sorts of MLB prospects on our team, egos never got in the way. We went out together, ate together and got along pretty much all the time. All the hard work, sacrifice and obstacles we encountered paid off in the long run, and many of us still are very close friends after 30 years.”

“I think the 1986 team is credited with putting LSU baseball on the map around the nation, and it led to the beginning of what was to come in the following years.”