Friday, October 21, 2005

Bo Jackson To Throw Out First Pitch At World Series

AUBURN, Ala. * Former Auburn two-sport star Bo Jackson has been tentatively scheduled to throw out the first pitch before the second game of the World Series on Sunday between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Jackson, who played both football and baseball at Auburn, spent eight seasons in the major leagues, the last three of which were with the White Sox (1991, 93-94).

In 1989, while as a member of the Kansas City Royals, Jackson hit 32 home runs, drove in 105 runs and stole 26 bases. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1989 All-Star Game.Jackson played baseball at Auburn in 1983, 85-86, batting .335 with 28 home runs and 70 RBI in three seasons. He had his most successful campaign in 1985, posting a .401 batting average with 17 home runs and 43 RBI. The 1985 Heisman Trophy Winner, Jackson, a Bessemer, Ala., native starred as a running back for the Auburn football team from 1982-85, rushing for what was a then-record 43 touchdowns.

He became Auburn's second Heisman Trophy winner after rushing for 17 touchdowns and 162.4 yards per game in 1985. Over his four seasons with the Tigers, he averaged 113.2 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry. He later went on to play in the NFL for four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Game two of the World Series is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game can be seen nationally on FOX.

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