Braddock, Ronald “Ronnie” - Baseball, 2003
Braddock attended Benedictine Military School from 1956-59. He was a three-sport athlete at the school, playing football, basketball, and baseball. Braddock won honors in all three sports. He was the football quarterback in 1959 and won the News-Press Offensive Player of the Year. While playing the position of guard in basketball, Braddock was named an All-City, All-Region, and All-State athlete. In baseball, Braddock was a pitcher-outfielder who started all four years of his prep career. He was an outstanding batter as well. One of his greatest feats was pitching two consecutive no-hitters. During his senior year, Braddock won the Sears Trophy – awarded to the city’s most outstanding athlete – and the Ashley Dearing Award – given to the city’s most versatile player. His baseball talent gained him a full scholarship to the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he lettered from 1961-63, winning the NCAA Batting Championship in 1962 with a .489 batting average. Braddock was also an All-SEC athlete in 1962 and 1963. He had a career pitching record of 6-4 with a 4.32 ERA in seventeen games. After college, he signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals Organization. He went as high as the AAA classification.