Long before he was the Dodgers’ manager, and even before he was stealing bases to win a World Series, Dave Manager was a college kid. Once a team captain for the UCLA Bruins’ baseball team, Doc is receiving one of the highest athletic honors from the prestigious University.
UCLA will be inducting Dave Roberts into their Hall of Fame. Roberts joins a star-studded lineup of inductees that also includes NBA stars Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook along with professional soccer player Lauren Holiday. He is one of several famous Dodgers to be featured in their hall of fame, including the legendary Jackie Robinson.
He bled UCLA blue as team captain of the 1994 @UCLABaseball team and now bleeds Dodger blue as manager of the @Dodgers. Dave Roberts, welcome to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame! #UCLAHoF2020 pic.twitter.com/43I1gYoWeG
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) July 15, 2020
Dave shared his thoughts on receiving the nod.
It’s a huge honor to be going in with eight other former Bruins. That university, those sports teams have had so many other athletes — great men and women — and to be recognized is certainly humbling. I’m excited for myself, my family, and it’s something that no one can take away. I’m proud to be a Bruin.
Roberts played at UCLA from 1991 to 1994 starting out as a walk-on and leaving as team captain. He was a two-time All-Pac Ten member and still holds the UCLA career record for stolen bases. Roberts went on to play ten seasons in Major League Baseball including a championship in 2004 with the Red Sox. As the Dodgers’ manager, he has led the team to four consecutive division titles and two World Series appearances.
Roberts has spent time with the Indians, Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres, and Giants during his time in the big leagues. He also coached for the Padres from 2010-2015 in a base coach and bench coach role.