Quality vs. quantity in college baseball

Fred Jeter | 5/18/2019, 6 a.m.
If readers can’t find many articles about black college baseball players in Virginia, there’s a good reason why.

Brady Acker (George Mason University): The senior outfielder from Columbia, Md., is a four-season regular. Acker’s stats include a .291 average, six homers, 10 doubles, 17 RBI and 7-for-7 in stolen bases.

Antwaun Tucker (Longwood University): The talented shortstop from Chase City has some impressive bloodlines that flow through Farmville. His uncle is former Lancer Michael Tucker, who played 17 seasons in the big leagues after being a first round draft choice in 1992.

Tucker is living up to the family name. He is hitting .296, has 12 steals in 12 tries and is among the career leaders with 11 triples.

Another Lancer with big league history is pitcher Pedro Astacio Jr., son of former big league hurler Pedro Astacio Sr.

In all, Longwood has seven players of color, by far the most in the state, other than Norfolk State University.

History lesson: The list of African-American big league players coming through Virginia colleges is short, but impressive. The group includes Franklin Stubbs (Virginia Tech), Al Bumbry (Virginia State University), Brian Jordan (UR) and Larry Doby (Virginia Union University).

Doby, who became the American League’s first black player in 1947, attended VUU in the early 1940s. He played Panthers basketball, however, not baseball.