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Baird to be honored as SEC Legend

Former Auburn baseball coach Hal Baird

AUBURN – Hal Baird, the winningest baseball coach in Auburn history, will join four others as SEC Legends at the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover on May 21-26.

“The SEC Baseball Legends presented by AT&T allows us to honor the deep tradition and history of baseball in our league and show why the SEC is the nation’s premier baseball conference,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.

The 2013 class features Baird, Terry Shumpert (Kentucky), Skip Bertman (LSU) and Gene McArtor (Missouri). The inaugural class in 2013 included: Dr. Jeffrey Laubenthal (Alabama), Kevin McReynolds (Arkansas), Brad Wilkerson (Florida) and Rev. Reggie Andrews (Georgia).

Baird was the head coach at Auburn from 1985-2000 and guided the Tigers to a 634-328 (.659) record during his 16 seasons as the head man on the Plains. Twice he led the Tigers to 50-win seasons (1995 & 1997), while also taking Auburn to the College World Series in both 1994 and 1997.

Baird left an indelible mark on the Auburn baseball program. In his final seven seasons alone, he guided Auburn to three NCAA Regional titles, an SEC West Division Championship and an SEC Tournament Championship. Ten of his teams finished ranked in the top 25.

Baird’s teams won at least 30 games in every season. The program participated in nine NCAA Regionals during his stay, including seven in his last eight years at Auburn.

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