By Thomas Sellers Jr.
What better place to play some of your best baseball than Cooperstown, N.Y.?
Home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown is also the host of the American Youth Hall of Fame Invitational. Recently the Memphis Tigers traveled up to New York to compete in a field of 104 teams.
The Tigers reached the round of 16 and finished 11th with a contribution from Munford Middle School student Shane Cox Jr.
The son of Erica Ellison and the late Michael Shane Cox Sr., the younger Cox shined at the invitational in his 22 at bats. Cox batted .682 with a .750 on-base percentage.
His 15 hits produced 16 RBIs. Cox hit 4 home runs with a pair coming in one game. He also hit two doubles, while scoring 17 runs.
“It was awesome,” Cox said. “Everybody contributed. I had a lot of help from my teammates and coaches to get through it.”
The Tigers were led by Head Coach JP Gentleman and assistant coaches Rick Barry and Marty Seward. As a team, the Memphis Tigers hit 32 home runs in Cooperstown.
The Hall of Fame Invitational took place at the Dream Park. The event is build as an opportunity for youth players to play high caliber baseball, while experiencing the purity of the game.
The Memphis Tigers had a chance to tour the Hall of Fame exhibit at Cooperstown and learn the history of the game.
“A lot of people from the old days like Jackie Robinson the first Negro player in the Major Leagues,” Cox recalled. “I saw Babe Ruth and even Derek Jeter. Of course, I hope to be there someday.”
The 12-year-old hopes to continue to play the game he started a baby for a long time earning a plaque in the Hall. His future in the game might be a shortstop, third base or pitcher.
Cox said as long as he has his support system he likes his chances of future success in baseball.
“I’m truly blessed,” he concluded. “It couldn’t have done it without my coaches, teammates, friends and family.”