Jim Ward Baseball Scholarship
Jim Ward was born in Pasadena, California. He attended Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College. While playing baseball for Pasadena Junior College, he was offered a full athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona in Tucson. With the U of A, Jim pitched in the College World Series in 1958, 1959 and 1960. He graduated Cum Laude in 1960 with a degree in Business Administration. After graduation, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization, with whom he played for the next 18 years, the last 9 years of which he was a Batting Practice Pitcher. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
After his playing days, Jim was self-employed in the printing business in Los Angeles. He moved to Clyde, Texas in 1992 and raised Limousin cattle. In 2001, he an his wife moved to Colorado where he designed and built a Straw-Bale house, drove a school bus and coached students from local high schools.
Jim returned to Abilene, Texas in 2014 and was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame that same year. His passion was baseball, and he continued to coach young athletes up to the time of his death. He attended Zion Lutheran Church in Abilene.