KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Former Vol standout and current New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will become the 18th person inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame at the 2012 Leadoff Banquet on Wed., Jan. 18 at the Knoxville Convention Center.
“I am honored that R.A. Dickey is going to be inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame,” UT Head Coach Dave Serrano said. “I think it is long overdue. R.A. was a great pitcher here and is a great person who represents everything Tennessee is all about. He has carried that on to the big-league level and I think it is an honor to bring him back to let the fans recognize him, see him again and thank him for all he has brought to the great tradition of this baseball program.”
Tickets for the banquet, which will also feature former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, are now on sale to the public online at http://bit.ly/UTLeadoffBanquet. The preseason banquet will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the start of the program at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $40, while a table for 10 will be $350. For more information, contact Tyler Jones in the UT Marketing Office at (865) 974-9001.
The only three-time First Team All-American in Tennessee baseball history from 1994-96, Dickey was also a two-time first team All-SEC selection and an academic All-American following his junior year. In addition, he was a member of the bronze-medal winning 1996 Team USA Olympic team in Atlanta.
During his time at Rocky Top, the Nashville native wrote his name in the UT record book as the career leader in wins, appearances, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. Dickey also holds the school single-season records for wins and innings pitched and ranks third for strikeouts.
Since being selected as with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, Dickey has embarked on a nine-year career in the big leagues. In addition to the Rangers, he has also spent time with the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins before joining his current team, the New York Mets in 2010.
A hard-throwing righty at Tennessee and in the first few years of his MLB career, Dickey has reestablished himself as a successful knuckleball pitcher. In his two seasons with the Mets, Dickey has posted a 19-22 record and a 3.08 ERA in 383.0 innings on the mound. During that stretch, he has struck out 238 hitters while walking just 96.
Overall, Dickey is 41-50 with a 4.34 ERA in 204 Major League appearances, including 106 starts over nine seasons. In 825.2 total innings, he has struck out 509 hitters.
Dickey will join former teammate Todd Helton, as well as 15 other players, one coach and one broadcaster in the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame. He is the first person inducted since Helton had his jersey retired in 2008.
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TENNESSEE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
1995 – B.B. Hopkins, Phil Garner
1996 – Rick Honeycutt, Bill Wright (coach)
1997 – Jimmy Lee
1998 – Sam Ewing
1999 – Joe O’Brien
2000 – Condredge Holloway
2001 – Steve Searcy
2002 – Ed Bailey
2003 – Alan Cockrell
2004 – Tommy Bridges, Mike Smithson
2005 – Greg McMichael
2006 – Mike Keith (broadcaster)
2007 – Mike DeFelice
2008 – Todd Helton
2012 – R.A. Dickey