Former Major League outfielder Curtis Pride attended Thursday night's Bastrop-Sterlington Tournament game between Delhi Charter and Bastrop at Baron Ballpark.
Despite being born deaf from rubella (German measles), Pride was an all-around standout athlete. He played for the United States 17-and-under soccer team in the 1985 World Championships in China.
Pride earned his degree in finance from William & Mary where he was a four-year starting point guard for the basketball team. Although he did not play college baseball, Pride was drafted in the 10th round of the 1986 Major League Draft by the New York Mets.
In 11-plus Major League seasons, Pride played for the Montreal Expos (twice), Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox (twice), Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels. Appearing in 421 games, Pride his .250 during his MLB career.
He is now in his fifth year as head baseball coach at Gallaudet University, a Division III school in Washington, D.C.
Pride spoke to the Rams prior to their 14-4 win over Delhi Charter.
“This is someone who really has to live with adversity in his everyday life, not just in sports,” Bastrop coach Whit Whitlock said. “He was powerful, not just for the players, but for the coaches as well.”
PRO DAY: Former Delta Mustang and Bastrop Ram defensive tackle D.D. Jones was among 27 former Arkansas Razorbacks working out for scouts from all 32 NFL teams at Pro Day on Friday afternoon in Fayetteville.
Athletes were tested in the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, three-cone drill, 60-yard shuttle and individual position drills.
As a senior for the Razorbacks, the 6-4, 306-pound Jones recorded 18 tackles, five tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries in 10 games.
CATCHING UP: Former Prairie View basketball sharpshooter Alan Fontenot and his mother, Judy, were in town Saturday visiting his grandmother, Joyce Ford.
Alan, a 1993 PVA graduate, now teaches civics at Bolton High School. He is the father of three (one daughter, two sons).
Judy, a former PVA faculty member, is currently a math teacher at Pineville High School.
Kicker Jonathan Wallace, a Grambling State football signee, is also a good hand on the baseball field. Wallace hit a solo home run and picked up the win on the mound in Rayville's 11-6 win over Sterlington, Saturday afternoon in the Bastrop-Sterlington Tournament.