Class of 2003
Gary Redus played 14 seasons with five different major league baseball teams.
The Tanner High School graduate played for Cincinnati, Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Texas Rangers. His best year offensively was with Texas in 1993, when he had a career high batting average of .288. He helped the Pirates win three straight division titles from 1990-92.
Redus was also an all-state football and basketball player at Tanner in the 1970s. He was an all- American baseball player in college. He played at Calhoun and Athens State. Redus was named in the National Junior College Athletic Association All Region XXII team and was named to the National Association ofInter collegiate Athletics All American squad when he was attending Athens State. He batted .415, stole 36 bases and drove in 29 runs.
Ignoring the opportunity to sign a pro contract until he completed college, Redus signed with the Cincinnati Reds after being drafted for the third time. Sent to their Pioneer League team in Billings, Montana, Redus set new league records with a .462 batting aver, the second highest ever in professional baseball history, 117 hits, 100 runs and 42 stolen bases. He added 17 homeruns.
Moving up to the major leagues with the Reds, he became the starting left fielder in the spring of 1983. Redus was a candidate for Rookie ofthe Year honors but found his chances hampered by injuries. He went on the play for the Chicago White Sox and the Pittsburg Pirates before fmishing his career with the Texas Rangers.
Starred in football, basketball and baseball, offered football scholarships, signed base- ball scholarship with Calhoun.
CALHOUN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Sophomore year: Batted 390, stole 13 of 19 bases, named to the NJCAA All-Region XXII Team
ATHENS STATE COLLEGE Batted .415, stole 36 bases, RBI 29, completed degree before turning pro
NAIA All-American PROFESSIONAL CAREER Drafted by Cincinnati Reds--where he set new league records in their Pioneer League with a .462 BA, the second highest ever in professional baseball, 117 hits, 100 runs, 17 HR and 42SB