A quartet of former baseball standouts in the SEC will be welcomed as the latest class of conference legends at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. later this month.
On Tuesday the SEC announced that Ole Miss’ David Dellucci, Mississippi State’s Ron Polk, Tennessee’s Alan Cockrell, and Texas A&M’s Mark Ross will make up the 2018 class of conference baseball legends.
The group will be honored with a variety of festivities at the SEC baseball tournament, including individual in-game presentations as well as helping to conduct a youth baseball clinic during the week.
This class will be the seventh group of baseball legends recognized by the SEC, a tradition dating back to the inaugural class in 2012.
Here are excerpts for each legend from the SEC release:
David Dellucci, Ole Miss
“David Dellucci played four seasons at Ole Miss, earning two All-SEC selections and even an All-American nod. En route to his Ole Miss Athlete of the Year Award in 1995, Dellucci etched his name on the top of ten school records, earned the SEC batting title with a .410 batting average in 62 games played, before ultimately being selected an All-American the same year. He would finish his career at Ole Miss with a .326 batting average, 247 hits, 36 home runs, and 181 runs. Dellucci was elected into the Ole Miss “M Club” Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named as one of the 50 greatest athletes in Ole Miss history. Dellucci is also heavily involved in much charity work, including Easter Seals, Special Olympics, Children with AIDS, and Make a Wish.”
Ron Polk, Mississippi State
“The winningest coach in the history of the Southeastern Conference, Ron Polk spent 29 seasons leading the Mississippi State baseball program (1976-1997, 2002-2008). Polk currently ranks ninth all-time in NCAA Division I career head coach victories. Polk concluded his 35-year career as a head coach with a record of 1,373-700-2 (.662). In his career, which also included stints at Georgia Southern (1972-75) and Georgia (2000-01), Polk led his teams to a total of eight College World Series appearances, five SEC Championships and 23 Regional appearances. He is one of only three coaches in college baseball history to take three different programs to the College World Series. In July 2009, Ron Polk was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1995. In 1988, he was presented with the Lefty Gomez Award, the highest award given by the ABCA.”
Alan Cockrell, Tennessee
“Alan Cockrell played center field for Tennessee in 1983 and 1984, earning first-team All-America honors by The Sporting News in 1984 after batting .329 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI that season while also leading the team with a .467 on-base percentage. Cockrell also spent time as a quarterback on the UT football team and still ranks 11th on Tennessee’s all-time passing yards list with 3,823 career yards.”
Mark Ross, Texas A&M
“Mark Ross is one of the top pitchers to ever put on the Texas A&M Maroon & White. He owns the Aggies’ career records for wins (34), innings pitched (397.0) and complete games (26). His 232 strikeouts and 2.54 ERA both rank 12th on A&M’s all-time lists. Ross earned all-conference recognition in 1977 and ’79. In 1977, he helped the Aggies win the SWC title with an 11-3 record, 2.41 ERA, eight complete games and three shutouts. Texas A&M won a second consecutive league crown in 1978 as Ross went 11-4 with a 2.63 ERA and seven complete games. As a senior, he was 10-5 with a 2.22 ERA and nine complete games in 15 starts. A four-year letterwinner at A&M, Ross earned his bachelor’s degree in finance. He earned the Aggies’ Wally Moon Award for most improved player in 1977 and Marion Pugh Most Valuable Player Award in 1979.”