The Obit For Ben Abadie

Former Tulane baseball coach Ben Abadie dies, school confirms

By Tammy Nunez
The Times-Picayune
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bernard “Ben” Abadie, a former Tulane baseball coach, has died, the school confirmed Saturday afternoon.

Abadie is tied for sixth in number of years coaching the school’s baseball team with six. He coached in two stints – from 1955-57 and from 1964-66.

He finished with a combined record of 70-62. In 1965, his team finished second in the SEC Conference West with a 9-6 league record and a mark of 15-10 overall. That gave him a Tulane winning percentage of .530, ninth best among the university’s all-time baseball coaches. There have been 21 coaches in Tulane baseball history.

Abadie was inducted into the Tulane Hall of Fame in 1996. He also played for Tulane in the 1940s and received All-SEC honors his junior year. Following that year, he signed with the Boston Braves. But Abadie has always been a local guy and he returned to the school following professional baseball.

Abadie held many other positions at Tulane in addition to being a baseball coach. He also was the Director of the University Intramural Sports Program, the director of Favrot Field House, an instructor in the P.E. Department, and the director of football concessions at Tulane Stadium.

He has a lifelong connection to the Green Wave. He grew up close to Tulane and even served as a bat boy for the Green Wave as a youth. He was a standout at Fortier High School where he received All-Prep honors his junior and senior seasons before getting scholarship offers from Texas, USC, and Stanford, according to his biography on the Tulane website.

In 2009, the 87-year-old Abadie was featured in the Times-Picayune’s Living section for his healthy lifestyle that included growing his own organic vegetables, playing for the “Field of Dreams” recreational baseball team, swimming three days a week, and biking after dinner daily.