Quitman residents got a visit Sunday evening from a Mississippi sports legend. Former Mississippi State baseball coach Ron Polk spoke at the "First Pitch" baseball banquet in Quitman, MS. He was a guest of Quitman high school baseball coach Jim Abraham.
The Clarke County Multi-Purpose Building was packed for coach Polk, who spent 29 seasons at Mississippi State, taking the bulldogs to six College World Series. The coach made Quitman connections along the way.
"Well, I got two of my former players: Jim Abraham, the head coach of Quitman -I signed him before I retired the first time- and Kyle Kennedy pitched for me at Mississippi State," said Polk. "He did a great job. They asked me to come down. My calender allowed me to do it. I look forward to speaking to the group."
Autographed memorabilia were donated from MLB stars Jonathan Papelbon, Paul Maholm, Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Josh Hamilton. Maholm and Papelbon played for Polk in Starkville.
Abraham says Kennedy has been helping coach pitchers for the Quitman baseball team.