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AHS Baseball inducts Brady Bramlett as first Hall of Famer

AHS Baseball inducts Brady Bramlett as first Hall of Famer
Posted on 04/16/2019
As a baseball player at Arlington High School, Brady Bramlett was a force to be reckoned with and a player any coach could dream of having.

Bramlett, the dominant pitcher during his years at AHS, racked up a list of accomplishments to prove his talent: four-time All-District, All-Metro and All-Region; TBCA All-State Player of the Year 2011-2012; two-time Best of the Preps Player of the Year; and Louisville Slugger All-American Pitcher 2012, to name a few. He had a high school winning record of 39-2 and topped it with a career total of 404 strikeouts and the 2012 State Championship win.

“I knew after watching him dominate Houston’s varsity team as an 8th grader that we had someone special,” said AHS Head Coach Chris Ring. “As time went on, I realized we had more than just an amazing pitcher but one of the best all-around young men to ever step foot on the campus of AHS.”

Man pitches baseballBramlett continued his dominance in college at Ole Miss. There, he had 20 winning games as starting pitcher, was 1 of 10 seniors inducted into Ole Miss’s Hall of Fame and was a four-time All-SEC Honor Roll recipient.

In the pinnacle of his career, Bramlett reached the major leagues and was drafted in 2015 by the Oakland Athletics and then the Boston Red Sox in 2016.

On Friday night, Bramlett added one more accomplishment to his belt: Arlington High’s first inductee in the school’s Hall of Fame – actually dubbed the “Wall of Fame” to represent the placard hanging in his honor in the AHS outfield.

The induction came as a complete surprise to Bramlett. The pitcherMan smiles on a baseball field-turned-singer thought he was visiting his alma mater to sing the National Anthem and throw the ceremonial first pitch. His former coaches and current players then surprised him with the Hall of Fame induction.

“I was flooded with emotions," Bramlett said. "It was surreal to be back, and I'm incredibly honored to be in the Wall of Fame."

"There aren't enough words to describe what these men mean to me both on and off the field," Bramlett said about his coaches. "To even attempt to craft a thank you for my mom and dad, brother, Maw and Paw, and entire family would never be adequate for the miles traveled and the time sacrificed to make moments like this a reality."

Although Coach Ring started the Wall of Fame specifically for Bramlett, he hopes to add to it in the future. “We won’t add to it every year or even every other year,” he said. “But I want our younger guys to see what Brady has accomplished and strive to be their best and work hard.”

Check out what other coaches had to say about Brady at Friday’s ceremony.

“I’ll always be grateful for having the opportunity to coach Brady Bramlett. He was an incredible talent, a fierce competitor on the mound, a great student and an outstanding friend to so many that went to Arlington High School. No matter how we were playing, we always felt like we were going to win with Brady pitching. It makes me incredibly proud to see how Brady’s career and life have developed even after his baseball career finished. I wish him all the best and thank him for the incredible mark that he has left on AHS Baseball.” – Coach Michael Thees

“It was an honor to coach Brady. He is the kind of player that you only coach once in your career. His phenomenal talent, work ethic, and competitiveness were second to none. Each night Brady toed the rubber, everyone in the park knew that the Tigers were going to win. Brady’s dedication to this program is unrivaled.” - Coach Shane Jackson

“Brady, you have been a trendsetter ever since I’ve known you, and the best trend you set in your time here at AHS was showing all athletes how to live a balanced life. You see, the people that know you best know this about you: Baseball was what you did; not who you were. Amongst your incredible baseball talent, you always kept in the right perspective that baseball was not the most important thing to be good at in this life. I admire you for prioritizing these following things first over baseball: kindness, unselfishness, academics, maturity, being a good friend and being a Christian. Although still very young, the life that you’ve lived has made this world a better place. Thank you so much for who you are, and also for dominating on the mound because winning all those games sure was fun!! Once again, congratulations on a job well done and keep up the great work!! Love you bud.” – Ben Glasgow, former AHS coach