has lost one of its most passionate and recognizable supporters. Drew Hankin,
37, passed away at his
home on Jan. 12, 2011.
Hankin, known to many as the "Zookeeper" for the Animals of
Section B, was a true ambassador for the Seminoles' baseball program. A
gracious host of out-of-town visitors to Dick Howser Stadium at Mike Martin
Field each spring, he spread FSU baseball news in a variety of ways, including his
weekly columns on a pair of websites.
"On top of being a true Seminole, Drew was a great American,
because he never asked for anything in return," said
baseball coach Mike Martin. "He supported
baseball to the mountaintop."
A 1990 graduate of
member of FSU's Marching Chiefs, Hankin has been a regular at Howser each
spring since 1986, often leading the cheers from his home away from home - the
middle of Section B.
"Drew Hankin will always be remembered by Seminole
baseball," Martin added. "The clock is ticking for the 2011 season to begin.
It's because of you, Drew, and I will miss you deeply."
Here's your chance to share your condolences, as well as
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