Sean Ruthven, a member of Georgia's 2004 College World Series team that won the SEC title, threw out the first pitch Saturday.
May 3, 2014
ATHENS-----William L. "Bill" O'Callaghan and Charles Bagby were recipients of a 2014 University of Georgia Baseball Distinguished Letterman Award Saturday at Foley Field. The awards were presented as part of the annual Baseball Alumni Day celebration in front of a sellout crowd of 3,256.
Established in 1997 and considered the most prestigious of all Bulldog baseball awards, the Distinguished Baseball Letterman Award is based on one's post-UGA career. The award is "presented in recognition of the generous support, interest and special commitment to University of Georgia Baseball; for their love of community, service to others and professional achievement. A successful life goes beyond winning on the baseball field. It embodies an obligation to others and to leave an imprint that will be recognized by those who follow. This honor is awarded to those athletes who made their mark on the playing fields and have carried those lessons into life as extraordinary, contributing and successful citizens."
O'Callaghan and Bagby will have their names added to the bronze plaque at the main entrance of UGA's baseball stadium, joining the eight previous award winners. UGA baseball coach Scott Stricklin concurred in these selections by a committee of former baseball lettermen.
"Bill and Charles are well-deserved recipients of this year's Distinguished Baseball Letterman Award," said Stricklin. "They are outstanding examples for our student-athletes to emulate. We ask our players to commit to the `G,' and that represents dedication and total commitment to our program and to the University of Georgia on and off the field. We hope this establishes a foundation for them to be successful personally and professionally."
O'Callaghan, a native of Austell, Ga., played baseball at UGA from 1962-1964 and earned a BBA in Public Administration and Juris Doctorate with Honors degrees in 1963 and 1965. Later, while serving as a Captain in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps at the Pentagon, he received a Master of Laws in Taxation Degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1968. He enjoyed a highly successful legal career working including being named a Georgia Super Lawyer before finally retiring as a partner at Alston and Bird in Atlanta. He still maintains a private law practice and does consulting work.
Always active in the community while serving as an Elder in the Peachtree Presbyterian Church, O'Callaghan has been President of The Atlanta Junior Golf Association, the Atlanta Athletic Club, the Sandy Springs Optimist Club and an officer and director of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs. He is Chairman of the Atlanta Athletic Club Robert T. Jones, Jr. Foundation and a member of the Emory University Advisory Committee for the Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Fund which finances the exchange of students between Emory and the University of St. Andrews in honor of Bobby Jones.
An avid golfer, in addition to his association with the Atlanta Athletic Club, he is also a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews as well as the Royal Troon Golf Club.
Bill and his wife, Faye, also a UGA graduate, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. They have three children; John, a former UGA scholarship football player; Diana, UGA alumna; Michael, and six grandchildren, including granddaughter Callie who is a junior in the Terry Business College.
Bagby excelled as a two-sport standout at UGA from 1960-64, lettering in baseball and basketball. He graduated cum laude with a BBA in accounting in 1964. He was the consummate scholar-athlete at Georgia. Bagby was an MVP and Captain of the basketball team and a premier pitcher and first baseman on the baseball team. An Academic All-SEC selection in both sports, he was awarded the first Jim Umbricht Memorial Trophy in 1964, representing Georgia's outstanding athlete in all sports. He also was recognized for having the highest academic average among all baseball and basketball players. He passed all four parts of the CPA exam before graduating.
He garnered multiple university awards, including election to Sphinx, "the highest honor a male student at the university can attain", Blue Key, Phi Kappa Phi, President of Beta alpha Psi, honorary accounting fraternity, and Beta Gamma Sigma. This set the stage for an ultra successful career in corporate America, in his church and community, and at home.
Joining DeLoitte & Touche, an international accounting firm, in 1964, Bagby rose in its ranks rapidly. After obtaining his CPA certificate in June 1964 after the requisite two years' experience, he was made Manager in May 1970 and was admitted to the partnership in 1975. He later was Partner in Charge of the Winston-Salem office before assuming responsibility as Technical Accounting Partner for the Tampa office in 1990. He assumed additional responsibilities for all seven offices in the Florida practice until his retirement in May, 2005. Bagby was retained as a consultant to the firm after his retirement until 2011.
Always active in various ministries, he has been a Bible Fellowship Teacher for 44 years and a Deacon in the Baptist Church since 1972. Drawing upon his professional expertise, he has served on the Audit and Finance Committees of churches in Alpharetta, Georgia, and in Tampa. He served as one of five members of the building committee for the $80 million church plant in Tampa. He continues to teach and serve in these capacities as a member of the 11,000 member Idlewood Baptist Church in Tampa.
He and his wife, Judy, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. While raising a family of four children, three daughters and a son, and 12 grandchildren, he always found time to contribute to the communities in which he lived, much of it through his church activities.
Additionally on Saturday, four former lettermen received Outstanding Athletic Achievement Awards: Ronnie Braddock (1961-63, OF/RHP), Cris Carpenter (1985-87, RHP), Jimmy Harrell (1983-86, SS) and Derek Lilliquist (1985-87, LHP/DH). Braddock led the NCAA in batting in 1962 with a school record .489 average. Carpenter and Harrell also lettered in football for the Bulldogs and Harrell played on two SEC Championship teams. Lilliquist and Carpenter were first round draft picks that led the Bulldogs to their first College World Series in 1987.
Bulldog legend Charley Trippi was on hand to help in the presentation of the awards as more than 150 lettermen returned. Also, the 2004 College World Series team that won the SEC title was recognized in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of their special season.