Boston College’s baseball team paid tribute to former player Pete Frates Saturday, giving him the ultimate honor by retiring his number.
Frates’ jersey number three was retired by the Eagles after the first game of a doubleheader against Wake Forest.
"Pete’s family and these boys have been excited about this day since we started talking about it," said Eagles head coach Mike Gambino. "And it’s hard to even just put into words just how important Pete is."
Frates was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, five years after he graduated from Boston College. He played for the baseball team all four years he attended the school. He helped start the popular "Ice Bucket Challenge" that helped raise millions of dollars for ALS research and the team honored Frates for his dedication to helping others with ALS. Frates’ father, John Frates, said he was very touched by Boston College’s honor.
"It’s a permanent legacy, it’s forever, it means so much to our family," said John Frates.
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