The Shake


Get an inside look at the Kennesaw State baseball team through the eyes of head coach Mike Sansing…

Georgia (Feb 28, 2012)

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Tradition. It is what lends to the excitement and pageantry of collegiate athletics. One of the great traditions at Kennesaw State that most Owls fans don’t know about is the presence of a very special fan at Stillwell stadium for Kennesaw State’s baseball games.

The fan is Fred Stillwell himself. Mr. Stillwell is affectionately known as “Shake” to fans around the diamond and he is the namesake for the Owls’ home field. The stadium was named in honor of Mr. Stillwell for his land and financial donations that have allowed the university to grow in athletics and the arts. Shake has spent the last 16 years as a dedicated supporter of Kennesaw State baseball and Head Coach Mike Sansing.

As soon as I walked into the stadium, I heard fans asking,” Where’s Shake?” and “Did Shake make it out this year?” Well, indeed he did. The presence of “Shake” doesn’t guarantee an Owl’s win, but it does guarantee that the spirit of KSU lives. It warms the heart and excites the soul to know the passion for KSU baseball still burns in our friend, “Shake” Stillwell, and it was great looking around and finding him in the booth, out of the elements, watching his Owls get their first win of the season versus ACC opponent, Virginia Tech 6-3 on Sunday.

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