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LSU retires Furniss' #36

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BATON ROUGE - Eddy Furniss' sweet swing is forever etched in the memories of Tiger fans, and LSU cemented his place in Tigers' lore Friday night by retiring his number 36.

That honor has only been bestowed on two other's: Skip Bertman and Ben McDonald.

"It's really something that all those sacrifices when you're hitting hundreds of balls when you're 12 that you can see," Furniss said after the ceremony.

Furniss holds a handful of LSU and SEC records, including the most hits, homeruns and RBI's in conference history.

"It's a big honor to be that special to people in the stands," he said. "But the fans at LSU are very special to me as well."

Following the presentation, Furniss stood on the field reminiscing about his days on the diamond 20 years ago. He fondly recalled the feeling of playing in The Box on Friday night and hearing the chant of the crowd.

"You know the first time anybody ever did that, I thought they were chanting for Eddie Kentenson," he said. "I was looking around going 'Where's Eddy?' It's so nice when they do that; to have that kind of support from the fans.

The weekend of nostalgia continues for Tigers fan Saturday. They'll honor the 1996 championship team, Furniss included, before their game with Mississippi State.


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