Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball head coach Scott Malone was one of the top players in TCU Horned Frogs Baseball history during his career. He will be recognized for his achievements this fall with his induction into the 44th class of the TCU Letterman's Association Hall of Fame, it was announced recently.
"It's an exciting honor, it will be a really fun weekend to get back to TCU," said Malone. "It's something I don't get to do very often just because of the nature of our business, but to get back there in the fall during a football weekend will be exciting.
"You talk about TCU, that's where I grew up, where I made my way as a baseball player and kind of put myself on the map. I had a successful three years, so I'm really excited, it means a lot to me."
Over the span of three seasons, Malone led the Horned Frogs in batting each year, and was the top hitter among all players in the prestigious Southwest Conference the final two campaigns. To this day, the Islanders head coach is still the only player in TCU Baseball history to earn Academic All-America honors, doing so during his junior season in Fort Worth.
Playing just three seasons for the Horned Frogs, Malone was named All-Southwest Conference each year, first as a utility player, then an outfielder and finally as a first baseman during his final year.
He found out about his selection during the baseball season while on a road trip at Baylor, one of his old foes in the SWC. After finding out, he quickly recalled those that played a key part in his collegiate career.
"When I first found out, my initial phone calls were to my former coach and three or four former players, guys who helped me become the player that I was," said Malone. "So it's already helped me rekindle some of those old friendships in talking to those guys."
Drafted in the 9th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers after his junior season at TCU, Malone left an indelible mark on the Horned Frogs program, not just as a baseball player, but also as one of the best athletes in the history of the athletic department.
"I think the first thing you start thinking about is the magnitude of that phone call," said Malone. "When they start talking about some of the other athletes that are going in, when you hear LT, LaDainian Tomlinson, is going in, you think about the legacy that he had at TCU, on college football in general and the NFL player he became. You start thinking, 'Man, I'm going to be at this event going into the TCU Hall of Fame the same day he is.' It really puts it into perspective for you."
Malone has continued to keep tabs on his former team, and he feels a special bond between the present day program and the program he was part of from 1990-1992 because of all the school does to remember their former greats.
"Being in baseball, you follow that TCU program," said Malone. "We've played them here, that place is at such a high level now having gone to the College World Series, to just kind of think back over the last 20 years of growth at that program and to feel like you are a part of it back in the early days really means a lot.
"The way they continue to recognize some of their alumni; to see your name, whether it is in the media guide, at the baseball stadium, now going into the Hall of Fame, it really means a lot to see your name still floated around that program."
He will travel back to TCU for the ceremony and honorary banquet on Thursday, Oct. 4, and will also be recognized before the Horned Frogs game against Iowa State on Oct. 6, at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
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