Dell Morgan, Rice Baseball, & The Smell

This post is inspired by Bill Leonard.

In two weeks, pitchers & catchers will report and Rice baseball will kick off another season. The Owls open up against the Longhorns in Austin, before returning home to Reckling Park in Houston.

Reckling Park is named after an all-star Rice infielder from the early 1950s named Tommy Reckling. The park is one of the most beautiful venues in all of college baseball.

During his tenure at Rice, Reckling played for Manager Dell Morgan………… Austin College Kangaroo. See photo of the 1953 Rice Owls, featuring Reckling & Morgan.

Not surprisingly, the Park is named for Reckling in part due to his generosity. Tommy Reckling took his degree from Rice and made considerable sums in the corporate world. His longest stint was as an executive officer for……….the Anderson Clayton company.

Yes, Reckling Park was funded in part by profits from the mayonnaise / mustard gas / Thousand Island smell that disrupted Roo practices and games for decades. The very least Rice baseball could do would be to offer some Roo ticket discounts………….in appreciation for Dell Morgan’s efforts and all of our Roo nausea.