It’s not every day a former KSR podcaster gets their own bobblehead, let alone one that’s six-feet tall. Today, UK unveiled a life-size bobblehead of former baseball coach Keith Madison at Kentucky Proud Park, the first of nine life-size bobbleheads that will honor current members of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame with baseball ties. Jeff Abbott, Collin Cowgill, Dom Fucci, Andy Green, Jim Host, Ellis Johnson, Jeff Keener, Terry Shumpert and Brandon Webb will also be honored with life-size depictions of themselves around the concourse.
The bobblehead is made of fiberglass, stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 175 pounds. It will be on display on the playground area just inside the left field gate on the concourse level starting with this week’s series against No. 2 Vanderbilt.
Before co-hosting the KSR Baseball Podcast with Trey Hunstman, Madison coached at UK for 25 years, winning a program-record 723 games, which currently ranks as the fifth-most in SEC history. In 25 years, Madison coached 85 players who were drafted or signed professional contracts, including 51 who were selected in the first 25 rounds of the draft and 14 who reached the major league level. He had nine All-Americans, 44 all-SEC selections and in 1988 led the program to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 38 years.
I think we need some of these of the KSR staff around the KSBar patio, don’t you? Congrats, Coach!