Feb. 14, 2014
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After being delayed a day due to winter weather, the start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is now just one day away!
In January and February, UTSports.com will count down the days remaining until the start of the Vols' 2014 campaign (Feb. 14) with looks back at the many players who donned jersey numbers 30-1.
The baseball season in Knoxville kicks off on the diamond on Saturday, Feb. 15 when the Vols host the Purdue Boilermakers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 3 p.m. The teams will close out the three-game set with a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.
The 2014 slate is highlighted by 32 games in Knoxville, including early nonconference matchups against Purdue (Feb. 15-16) and UNLV (Feb. 21-23). The Vols open with a 12-game homestand.
Twenty two Vols have worn No. 1 for the Orange and White, including one of the Vols' top returners, current junior infielder Will Maddox.
Long before Maddox, a two-sport Tennessee star by the name of Condredge Holloway wore the jersey from 1972-75.
Twenty years later and the No. 1 belonged to Nashville native and right-handed pitcher R.A. Dickey. Dickey, entering his 12th season in the MLB, won the 2012 NL Cy Young Award with the New York Mets.
Today, we take a look back at the careers of both of the Big Orange standouts and look ahead to another season with Will Maddox wearing the No. 1.
#1 Condredge Holloway
1972-75 | SS | 5-11 | 175 lbs. | Huntsville, Ala. (Lee)
A current Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Relations/Lettermen at the University of Tennessee, Condredge Holloway played both football and baseball at UT from 1972-75. The outstanding prospect out of Huntsville, Ala., had been selected out of high school by the Montreal Expos with their first overall pick. Holloway opted instead for a two-sport collegiate career and went on to excel on the diamond. Not only was Holloway the first black quarterback at Tennessee and in the Southeastern Conference, but he was also the first black baseball player in UT history.
Holloway - still the owner of UT's longest hitting streak at 27 games - garnered All-SEC and All-America honors as a shortstop for the Vols in 1975 and finished with a .353 career batting average. He led the SEC in batting average in 1975 with a .396 clip.
Inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000 and named to the team's All-Century Team, Holloway is the only UT student-athlete to be named to both the football and baseball all-century squads.
Nicknamed "The Artful Dodger" on the gridiron, Holloway left Knoxville and played 13 seasons in the Canadian Football League, compiling impressive numbers for the Ottawa Rough Riders (1975-80), Toronto Argonauts (1981-86) and British Columbia Lions (1987). He threw for more than 25,000 yards and rushed for another 3,167 while scoring 155 touchdowns. He was league MVP in 1982.
NOTES ON HOLLOWAY
- Inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1993
- Holloway's career was the subject of an ESPN documentary, "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story"
- Finished his baseball career with 145 hits
#1 R.A. Dickey
1994-96 | RHP | 6-3 | 195 lbs. | Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy)
R.A. Dickey became the second Vol of the Rod Delmonico era to be taken in the first round of the free-agent draft, when he was selected by the Texas Rangers with the 18th pick in the 1996 draft. Dickey also wrote his name in the Vols' record books as the career leader in wins (38), appearances (73), games started (54), innings pitched (434.0) and strikeouts (345). As a result, he ranks fourth in the SEC in career innings pitched and tied for fifth in career wins.
Dickey also holds the school standard for wins and innings pitched, while ranking third for strikeouts in a single season (137 in 1996).
He was a three-time first-team All-America and a 1996 Olympian, in addition to being a two-time first-team All-SEC selection and an Academic All-American following his junior year. He was the Mizuno/Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America 1994 National Freshman of the Year. He was named first-team All-America in 1995 on the Super Smith team, third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. In 1996, he was a Smith Award semifinalist, a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, second-team All-American by ABCA and third-team All-American by Baseball America.
Dickey was also named to the 1994 Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team and 1995 Mideast Regional MVP.
Entering his 12th MLB season, Dickey's strongest campaign came in 2012 with the New York Mets. Dickey became the first knuckleballer to ever win the Cy Young Award in 2012. He finished the season with 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA, while leading the league in strikeouts (230), innings pitched (233.2), complete games (five), shutouts (three) and quality starts (27).
NOTES ON DICKEY
- Coached by current UT head coach Dave Serrano during his time as a Vol
- Only three-time First Team All-American in Tennessee baseball history
- Inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012
#1 Will Maddox
2012-14 | INF | 5-11 | 180 lbs. | L/R | Gainesville, Ga. (Gainesville HS)
Junior infielder Will Maddox will look to lead the Vols in 2014. He started all 51 games he played in as a sophomore, hitting .333 with a team high in at-bats (207), hits (69), runs scored (42), hit by pitch (12), stolen bases (22) and stolen base attempts (27). Maddox led UT with 23 multi-hit games, including a team-high seven three-hit performances. He was second on the team in total bases (81), triples (2), batting average (.333), walks (21) and on-base percentage (.425). He posted a career long 12-game hitting streak from Feb. 23 - March 15 in which he hit .438 (21-for-48) with 12 RBIs, 11 runs scored, three doubles and eight stolen bases. Included in that streak was a run of seven consecutive multi-hit games from Feb. 23-March 8 in which he hit 16-for-28 (.571) with 11 RBIs.
Maddox earned 2012 SEC All-Freshman Team honors after becoming just the third freshman since 1980 to lead Tennessee in batting average (Chris Burke 1999, Kentrail Davis 2008). He played in all 55 games, starting 54 of them at second base. Maddox hit .297 for the year with team highs in hits (63), runs scored (32), total bases (79), stolen bases (14), at-bats (212) and on-base percentage (.374). He was the team's leadoff hitter the final 42 games of his freshman year.
Maddox graduated from Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Ga., where he was coached by Jeremy Kemp. He was named to the 2011 Gainesville Times All-Area first team, All-Region 7-AAA (2009-2011), 2010 Gainesville Times Co-Player of the Year and the 2010 Gainesville High MVP. In his senior season, helped lead the Red Elephants to a 24-7 record, recording 52 RBIs and 10 home runs.
NOTES ON MADDOX
- Full name is William Paul Maddox
- Born June 11,1992, in Gainesville, Ga.
- Models his game after Derek Jeter
- Majoring in sociology