BY RICK FIRES NWA MEDIA SPRINGDALE — There was a time when Springdale High’s baseball team was the best in the state. Although the program has seen hard times the past few years, and is currently without a coach, that wasn’t always the case. In 1992, Springdale reached the state finals before losing 6-3 to a Pine Bluff team that featured a junior center fielder who hit a home run in the game. His name is Torii Hunter, who is in his 16th year in … Continue Reading ››
1. Brooks Robinson
Sport: Baseball Position: Third Base High School: Little Rock College: None Professional Teams: Baltimore Orioles (1955-77) Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; two-time World Series champion; American League MVP in 1964; 18-time All-Star selection; 16-time Gold Glove Award winner; MLB All-Century Team; jersey No. 5 retired by the Baltimore Orioles
Considered by many to be the best third baseman in baseball history, Robinson was selected as the best professional athlete from an Arkansas high school by a panel of reporters and spectators.
Playing his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore … Continue Reading ››
5. Bill Dickey
High School: Searcy
College: Little Rock College
Professional Teams: New York Yankees (1928-43, 1946)
Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954; 14-time World Series champion as a player or coach; 11-time All-Star; jersey No. 8 is retired by the New York Yankees
Dickey was the backbone of eight of the New York Yankees’ World Series, playing alongside baseball legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.
He made the All-Star game 11 times between 1928-1943 before leaving baseball to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In … Continue Reading ››
7. George Kell
Sport: Baseball Position: Third Base High School: Swifton College: Arkansas State Professional Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1943-46); Detroit Tigers (1946-52); Boston Red Sox (1952-54); Chicago White Sox (1954-56); Baltimore Orioles (1956-57) Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; American League batting champion in 1949; 10-time All-Star
Kell had a very successful career in Major League Baseball after playing at Arkansas State.
He had a career batting average of .306 and has an AL batting title to his name. In 1949, his .3429 average barely edged Ted Williams’ .3427 average. A 2-for-3 performance at … Continue Reading ››
I had the opportunity Friday morning to spend a couple of hours in Farmington, where I spoke with athletic director Brad Blew and coaches Mike Adams, Beau Thompson and Brad Johnson about the school's upcoming move to Class 5A status. Farmington has played its final game in the 4A-1 Conference and will be a member of the 5A-West Conference when classes resume in August. One of the dramatic changes Farmington faces will be the lack of a natural rival in the new league, basically because it's so spread out throughout about one-fourth of the state. Farmington's new conference foes range in distance … Continue Reading ››
Springdale Har-Ber junior left-handed pitcher Weston Rogers was named the All-NWA Media Newcomer of the Year for Class 7A/6A schools. Rogers missed last season with an elbow injury, but returned this season to help the Wildcats advance to the 7A state tournament. He has verbally committed to Arkansas. The complete list of All-NWA Media baseball selections are in Sunday's print editions or online at www.nwaonline.com
Farmington freshman Tyler Gregg was named the All-NWA Media Newcomer of the Year for schools Class 5A and below. Gregg helped the Cardinals advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state tournament as both a pitcher and hitter. The complete list of All-NWA Media baseball selections are in Sunday's print editions or online at www.nwaonline.com
Greenland coach Andy Loyd was selected the All-NWA Media Coach of the Year for schools in Class 5A and below. Loyd led the Pirates to the 3A-1 Conference and district tournament titles this season. The complete list of All-NWA Media baseball selections are in Sunday's print editions or online at www.nwaonline.com
Fayetteville coach Vance Arnold, who led the Bulldogs to the Class 7A state championship game for the second consecutive season, was name the All-NWA Media Coach of the Year for Class 7A/6A schools. The complete list of All-NWA Media baseball selections are in Sunday's print editions or online at www.nwaonline.com
Prairie Grove senior Ty Tice was named the All-NWA Media Player of the Year for schools Class 5A and below. Tice has signed with the University of Central Arkansas. The complete list of All-NWA Media baseball selections are in Sunday's print editions or online at www.nwaonline.com