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One of the team's biggest fans is the man whose name is on the stadium. One of the team's biggest fans is the man whose name is on the stadium.
It's a much different story than when Jim played for UofL in the 50's when the team played at Parkway Field. It's a much different story than when Jim played for UofL in the 50's when the team played at Parkway Field.
Patterson gave the lead gift to create UofL's baseball stadium.  It opened in 2005 and has already undergone an expansion. Patterson gave the lead gift to create UofL's baseball stadium. It opened in 2005 and has already undergone an expansion.

OMAHA, NE (WAVE) - The Cards will play in the College World Series Saturday.  One of the team's biggest fans is the man whose name is on the stadium. 

He was there last Saturday when they had the biggest crowd ever, 6,000 people.            

"What do you think when you walk in," Shannon asked Jim.

"I do get some pleasure out of it ...I do," he answered with a smile.

Patterson gave the lead gift to create UofL's baseball stadium.  It opened in 2005 and has already undergone an expansion.  He says athletic director Tom Jurich has dreams of an even bigger field of dreams.

"He drives me crazy with his plan.  He's already spending more money than is available," Patterson laughed.

It's a much different story than when Jim played for UofL in the 50's when the team played at Parkway Field.

"When I was playing many eons ago, we had nobody to come to our program. Might have had a mother or two or a father, but we had nobody," Patterson said.

But he has fond memories of that time.

"Spent a lot of summers at Parkway Field," Patterson said.  "Loved baseball in those days.  Helped me get started in life."

Jim says without baseball he probably wouldn't have gone to college.  He got a scholarship and was the first in his family to graduate high school.  He lived not far from the UofL campus.

In 1959 Patterson created Long John Silver's, the first of many successful businesses.

But it's the Jim Patterson stadium that tugs at his heartstrings.

"It's a real thrill."

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