LUBBOCK, Texas – Dan Law, the namesake for Texas Tech’s baseball field and a Hall of Honor member, passed away Monday evening at the age of 87.
Law was a two-sport athlete at Texas Tech, competing in football (1955-56) and baseball (1956-57) after retiring from the Army. He played end on the 1955 Border Conference championship football team and helped the baseball club to a 15-11 mark in two seasons.
A native of Weteumpka, Alabama, Law served in the Army before moving to Lubbock in August of 1955 to play football and finish his education at Texas Tech. He and his wife, Jeane Law, planted roots in West Texas, where they built a successful business and had a daughter and three sons.
“His humble and caring presence will never be forgotten,” head coach Tim Tadlock said of Law. “He always had a way of making people feel loved and appreciated. Our family thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Law and the interaction with him during games. A great two-sport athlete and an even better man!”
His contributions to Texas Tech and the community extend well beyond the field as he became a generous supporter of all things Texas Tech Athletics throughout the mid-1980s. He remained a regular fixture in the stands all the way through the 2018 season.
“His loyalty and dedication to Texas Tech Baseball was very special,” Tadlock said. “There’s something special about seeing the man our field was named after and then be able to look on the first row and know that he was enjoying watching Texas Tech Baseball.”
His support enabled Texas Tech baseball to purchase stadium lights, allowing the program to play its first night game against Wichita State on March 16, 1988. Following the renovations, the school named the field after him. After further improvements in 2012, the facility now stands as Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Law was proceeded in death by his wife of 60 years, Jeane Law, in 2014. Funeral services are pending at this time.