Thames Leaves Mark at ECCC

One of East Central Community College's own is playing a role in the outcome of this year's Fall Classic.

It wasn't that long ago that Marcus Thames was swatting home runs as an East Central Warrior. His name still hangs on the wall as a former all-state and all-region selection back in 1997. He was drafted into the big leagues after his sophomore year.

"Everybody knows Big Stick Thames. That's what we called him, said East Central basketball coach, Marcus Bowie. "Everybody knows him and there's a buzz around."

That buzz is because Big Stick Thames is now in St. Louis, the left fielder for the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. He hit 26 home runs in the regular season to help guide the Tigers to the Series.

And for people at East Central that is a big deal, especially to those here who knew him way back when, like Lucille Wood.

"They're always asking me in class about Marcus and I have to brag about him. He's such a nice fellow," said Wood, an instructor.

That nice fellow is still a big supporter of East Central. He's donated several items of memorabilia to the school and Miss Wood expects she'll see him not long after the World Series ends.

"He's always been faithful to EC," Wood said. "I expect him to come back when the season is over. He always comes to see me."

But with the World Series tied Tuesday at 1-1, he has a little bit of work to do first.


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