Stand for Stan

Update on Stan from his cousin:

John Stanard Bronson, better known as “Stan” Bronson, the most famous and
enduring batboy in collegiate sports history (or any other sports history) turned 89 last
July. Stan has been living at St. Peter Manor on Auburndale in Memphis for several
years. He has been receiving assistance a few hours a day from Homecare by Wesley
and naturally made some good friends among his caregivers.
Last week, after a visit to the barber, provided, as usual, by his long time
friend and supporter, Stan came down with a bit of pneumonia and was transported to
Methodist Central Hospital. He recovered with amazing speed and all reports were
excellent. His nurse referred to him as “the sweetest man; he just wanted me to turn to
channel five, then asked me to turn the lights out so he could sleep, otherwise he’s not
a bit of trouble”.
It seems because of his age that Stan will require a bit more care. He will be moving
temporarily to Grace Cordova Healthcare facility in Germantown for a few weeks of
rehabilitation to get his strength back and then on to Assisted Living, also in
Germantown, to take up residence in an environment providing the higher level of care
he now requires.
Nevertheless, Stan soldiers on. He still loves the University of Memphis and everyone
he matriculated with or with whom he played sports. His list of supporters and friends
is endless and as enduring as his term as “Batboy” for the University of Memphis. His nephew, Eric
Matheson continues to visit regularly and keeps him up to date on the activities at U of M.

If you have a moment, say a little prayer for my dear cousin. He may not require it — he
seems pretty well situated with his God — but he will appreciate it.
S.M. Howard

Because of your amazing and ongoing financial support, Stan has transitioned beautifully to his new home at Wesley Living’s St. Peter Manor. His smile is a fine indicator that he has found “home” and is settled comfortably. Please accept this heartfelt, “Thank you” from Stan!

Generations of Memphis Tigers have had their lives touched by the lovable “Stan” walking around campus or attending sporting events. His always visible huge smile and his warm greeting that would brighten almost any day!

For over 50 years, students at the University of Memphis have been blessed by the warmth and friendliness of Stan Bronson. His cheerful demeanor has been a welcome break from the challenges of campus life for many decades. Stan “The Man” Bronson is a treasured fixture around Tiger baseball, receiving a Guinness World record for the “most durable baseball batboy”. Over the course of 55 years, Stan played in approximately 2,353 games with the Tigers making him a literal “living legend” on the U of M campus. On April 25, 2010 Stan’s jersey was retired and is displayed on the right field wall of FedEx Park.