When it comes to images of the University of Memphis, there is Tom the Tiger, the
old Brister Library and the imposing Administration Building. And then there is Stan
“the Man” Bronson Jr. For 53 years, his ubiquitous figure has been inextricably entwined
with students’ campus memories.
|Stan “the Man” Bronson Jr.
“Hi yew!” is Bronson’s familiar greeting to all who pass him by. He can be found in
the University’s library, in the cafeteria, near the Student Plaza fountain or on
the baseball diamond during spring.
Bronson, 82, came to the U of M in 1958 to work as an equipment manager for football
coach Billy “Spook” Murphy. He soon became the baseball team’s batboy, a position
he has served in since the 1959 season. He was included in the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records for being the “Most Durable Batboy” ever. He takes a bow during the middle of the
eighth inning of each home game.
Bronson still attends football practices and makes cameo appearances at Lady Tiger
basketball and volleyball games.
If you are on campus in July, you might just get an invitation from Bronson to his
birthday party, which is thrown by the campus’ cafeteria.
Trauma at birth left Bronson with a speech impediment and mild palsy. But he has overcome
this to become a true “institution” at the U of M.
As former President V. Lane Rawlins once said, “Stan, as all of your many friends
at the University will agree, you are ‘the Man!’”