Hillsboro Hops to retire Ben Petrick's number
The Hillsboro Hops announced Monday, March 28, that the organization will retire the jersey of Hillsboro native, ex-major leaguer and former Hillsboro Hops coach Ben Petrick as part of a pre-game ceremony on opening night, April 8, at Ron Tonkin Field.
A plaque inscribed with "Petrick 6" will be permanently displayed beneath the press box at Ron Tonkin Field to honor the former Glencoe High School great, who through his work with the Hops and numerous charitable organizations forever made his mark on the team and area.
"Ben has always exemplified what it means to be a Hop, through and through," Hillsboro Hops President and General Manager K.L. Wombacher said. "His representation of the Hops brand has been nothing short of incredible. We can't think of a better way to honor Ben than by having him be the first member of the Hops to have their jersey retired. No member of the Hops will ever wear No. 6 again."
As a three-sport athlete at Glencoe, Petrick led the Crimson Tide football team to a state title in 1994, and later turned down an offer to play both football and baseball at Arizona State University in order to sign a contract with the Colorado Rockies after being drafted 38th overall in the 1995 MLB Draft.
Petrick made his Major League Baseball debut on Sept. 1, 1999, and in his first full season with the Rockies, he batted .322.
The former Tide great played six seasons for the Rockies and Detroit Tigers before being forced to retire as the result of complications stemming from a young-onset Parkinson's disease diagnosis.
Petrick went on to work as a Hops coach during the 2013-2019 seasons and was an active participant on the Hops' coaching staff for three Northwest League titles during that span.
Petrick now helps others living with Parkinson's through his "Strength Through Weakness" organization, and also wrote a book that was published in 2012, "Forty Thousand to One."
Tickets for the April 8 opening night game can be purchased at hillsborohops.com.
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