OXFORD, Ohio -- When the Miami baseball team takes the field against Ball State April 19-21, it won’t just be for a big Mid-American Conference series against the nearest rival. The Athletic Department has several events planned to make the games even more special.

First and foremost, the series serves as Alumni Weekend with a host of former players, coaches and support personnel returning to campus to visit with teammates. The fun begins at 5:30 on Friday evening with a pregame cookout before the RedHawks and Cardinals square off.

Saturday will focus on the 40th anniversary of Miami’s 1973 MAC Championship team. That group finished 28-9 overall and was the first Miami baseball team to win a MAC title. Coach Bud Middaugh’s squad posted a 14-4 league record and advanced to the NCAA District 4 playoffs, where it finished 1-2. The returning players will be introduced during a pregame ceremony. That night, a dinner and reception will be held for the team at the Goggin Club. Members from the 1983 MAC Championship team will also be in attendance during the weekend.

Sunday is the Second Annual “Walter ‘Smokey’ Alston Day” in honor of the Miami graduate, former Darrtown resident and Baseball Hall of Famer. Family members Kim, Harry and Rob Ogle will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Also before the game, the Walter Alston Room at McKie Field will be open, allowing fans to see several pieces of memorabilia on display at the stadium. Other historical references to Alston's career will be available, as well.

Game times for the series at McKie Field are 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all Miami baseball games is free.