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**This petition is for those in support of retiring Josh Blythe's baseball uniform number at Oglethorpe University. This petition will be delivered to the Oglethorpe University Athletic Director, Jay Gardiner, and also Dean Tucker, the Faculty Athletic Representative.**

Dear Mr. Gardiner and Dean Tucker:

Enclosed please find a petition in support of retiring the jersey of former Oglethorpe University baseball player, Joshua C. Blythe. On October 19, 2008, Josh Blythe passed away from complications related to his treatment for cancer. He had celebrated his 30th birthday only a couple of months earlier. In the months since his death, it has become apparent that Josh was no ordinary alum of Oglethorpe University, but someone who touched the lives of everyone he met on campus. His memorial and funeral were attended not only by students who were his contemporaries, but also by students who were too old or too young to have met him in class or played with him on the field. This was because Josh was highly involved in the Oglethorpe community, both on and off the field, from the day he started classes until his untimely death. He always spoke well of his experience at Oglethorpe and would encourage others to attend. He routinely returned for events like Alumni Weekend and the alumni baseball game. He would have told you that playing on the Oglethorpe baseball team meant the world to him and that his teammates were his best friends. His efforts on the field proved this and his teammates would tell you that he dove for every ball hit his way and that he was no stranger to crashing into the fence to make a catch. His perfect fielding percentage as the starting right fielder during both the 2001 and 2002 seasons is a reflection of the kind of player Josh was. His teammates depended on him on the field and respected the man he was off the field.

The enclosed petition will show the overwhelming support from the Oglethorpe community in favor of retiring Josh Blythe's jersey. Based on the support of those who were his classmates and teammates at Oglethorpe, and those who came before and after him, we hope that you will respect our desire as students and alumni of Oglethorpe University and retire his number.

Yours truly,

Joshua C. Blythe Memorial Foundation

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