Around 1905, a permanent baseball diamond was christened where present-day Owen Carroll/Mike T. Sheppard Field is today. From that time forward, the fields have been home to Seton Hall’s sports teams.
You can see the photograph of one of the original Seton Hall Baseball team jerseys. This was a home team jersey, featuring “Seton Hall” written out instead of the nickname “White and Blue” that was often used. In 1897, the Seton Hall Athletic Association (SAA) was founded to bring organization to competitive intramural and intercollegiate athletics.
Many notable athletes have attended and played for the Seton Hall University. One was Melvin Joseph Dalton, a student at Seton Hall from 1925-1929. He placed first in the men’s 3000 metres steeplechase in the 1928 Olympic Trials on Travers Island, New York in 1928 and went on to compete in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam where he placed seventh. He was inducted into the Seton Hall University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980. You can see his qualifying medal and certificate from the International Olympic Committee here.
In 1931, Seton Hall adopted “Pirates” as a nickname for the athletic teams. You can see one of the Pirates home team jerseys below. Today, the Owen Carroll/Mike T. Sheppard Field hosts the baseball and men’s and women’s soccer teams.