Roger Bossard, Head Groundskeeper

The man responsible for building and maintaining U.S Cellular Field's highly regarded playing field is head groundskeeper Roger Bossard, now in his 46th season with the White Sox. Bossard was honored as the White Sox Executive of the Year at the 61st annual Pitch and Hit Club Awards dinner in January 2007.

Groundskeeping is a Bossard family tradition, with six members combining for more than 250 years of experience in the business. Roger's grandfather, Emil, served as head groundskeeper with the Cleveland Indians from 1932-68, while his father, Gene, was in charge with the White Sox from 1940-83. Roger joined the Sox in 1967 as an assistant to his father before taking over following Gene's retirement in 1983.

Bossard designed and built the playing fields for the Camelback Ranch - Glendale, the White Sox state-of-the-art spring training complex in Glendale, Ariz. that opened in the spring of 2009. During the 2007 offseason, he designed and built a new playing field at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, after performing the same task at the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis in 2005 and at Boston's Fenway Park and Washington's RF K Stadium in 2004. Among the highlights of Bossard's resume, he is a consultant for 14 Major League Baseball teams and four NFL teams.

In addition to Guaranteed Rate Field, Bossard has designed and built major-league fields in Arizona, Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis (both old and new Busch Stadium), Seattle and Washington, as well as spring training complexes for Cincinnati, Montreal, the Yankees, St. Louis, Arizona, the White Sox and Dodgers.

In 1984-85, Bossard designed and built the first natural turf soccer fields in Saudi Arabia for the Royal Family, where he continues to serve as a consultant. Nineteen of 30 major-league teams use a patented drainage system that he developed specifically for the opening of U.S Cellular Field in 1991. As part of the ballpark's 2000 offseason renovation, he built new bullpens and also reconfigured the outfield grass, irrigation and drainage systems.

Bossard and his wife, Geri Lynn, have two children: Brandon and Brittany. The family resides in Lemont, Ill.

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