UPDATE: Brayton remains in intensive care

BOB BRAYTON made thousands of friends during his 33 years as baseball coach at Washington State, and it seems like all of them have reached out to Brayton as he recovers in the hospital from an ATV accident.

"We're just overwhelmed by the response from Cougars and people who know him," Fritz Brayton, Bobo's son, said Thursday. "The phone never stops ringing."

Brayton, 85, has been in intensive care at Pullman Regional Hospital since his ATV collided with a tree on his ranch outside Pullman on Tuesday.

"He took a hell of a wallop," said Fritz, a former WSU football player. "Not too many people survive with a 9-inch gash in their head."

Fritz added, "He's got a threshold for pain that's unbelievable. If he says something hurts, you can take it to the bank."

Fritz said the family is "optimistic" Brayton will make a full recovery, but he said, "It's going to be a long road to hoe." Only family members are permitted to visit Brayton, but messages may be left on the Facebook page of Washington State University athletics.

"Dad used to talk about the old saying about ‘put us in your prayers,'" Fritz said with a laugh. "He'd say, ‘Most folks can use the practice, and I know I can use the prayer.'"

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