Earl Bass To Be Honored As SEC Legend At 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament
The SEC Baseball Legends Presented by AT&T, featuring former standouts from Southeastern Conference member institutions, will once again be honored at the 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament May 23-28 at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala. Earl Bass, who won 34 games in a four-year career at Carolina from 1972-75, will be one of for former players honored at this year's tournament.
The 2017 class features LSU’s Ben McDonald, Ole Miss’ Don Kessinger, Missouri’s Dave Silvestri and South Carolina’s Earl Bass. Four legends are recognized each year.
“The Southeastern Conference has a rich tradition in the sport of baseball,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “Through our legends program, we are pleased to honor the individuals who have helped establish a foundation for the current and future success of our programs and the opportunities available to our student-athletes today.”
This marks the sixth consecutive year that the SEC has recognized a class of baseball legends. The 2016 class featured Norm DeBriyn, Arkansas; Gabe Gross, Auburn; Cris Carpenter, Georgia and Scott Downs, Kentucky, while the 2015 class featured Andy Phillips, Alabama; David Eckstein, Florida; Mark Johnson, Texas A&M and Larry Schmittou, Vanderbilt, and the 2014 class featured Phil Garner, Tennessee; Jake Gibbs, Ole Miss; Jay Powell, Mississippi State and Bobby Richardson, South Carolina.
The 2013 class honored Hal Baird, Auburn; Terry Shumpert, Kentucky; Skip Bertman, LSU; and Gene McArtor, Missouri, and the inaugural class in 2012 included: Dr. Jeffrey Laubenthal, Alabama; Kevin McReynolds, Arkansas; Brad Wilkerson, Florida and Rev. Reggie Andrews, Georgia.
“These SEC Baseball Legends are among the best to play the college game,” said Jamie Kerr, Director, AT&T Corporate Sponsorships. “We’re proud to help honor them for their successes on the field and beyond.”
Each legend will be recognized individually throughout the two quarterfinal matchups on Friday and will have on-field recognition and an awards presentation by Commissioner Sankey on Saturday, May 27 during the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. Fans will have an opportunity for autographs and photos with the honorees at the AT&T Legends Pavilion immediately following. Several legends will also participate in the annual SEC Youth Clinic on Friday morning.