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Hank Aaron Sports Academy Searched for Top 44 minority high school baseball players



PRESS RELEASE 05.16.2022 (For immediate release)

Mississippi’s “Fantastic 44”

The Hank Aaron Sports Academy announces today that it has started the search for the top 44 minority High School baseball players from throughout the state of Mississippi’s 245 High Schools to be now known as the Mississippi’s “Fantastic 44”, so named in honor of the late legend and icon, Henry “Hank” Aaron.

These players will be assembled and coached by some of the top local coaches and former professional baseball players such as Robert “Bob” Braddy, Kent Willis, Earl Sanders, Chad Bradford, and Doug Shanks just to name a few. The players will be separated into two opposing teams and will practice together in the month of June before taking to the road in July to play against one another in a series of exposure series at Trustmark Park (Mississippi Braves), MGM Park (Biloxi Shuckers) and at the oldest professional ballpark in the country, Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

“The purpose of this program is to make sure we not only encourage these young men to continue advancing their skill-sets and talents in this game but that they get the proper guidance, instruction, and recognition while doing so. We are fortunate to have the facilities as well as the quality coaches and mentors to help each player reach their maximum potential both on and off the field”

– Tim Bennett (CEO) Hank Aaron Sports Academy

Any coaches or players interested in participation, please contact Clint Johnson at or Tim Bennett at

Players can register at

Contact: or (601)212-7267

Carrying the legacy of the most prolific baseball player in our generation to all deserving youth.

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