IAHS retires Brian Dozier’s jersey

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

FULTON – Minnesota Twins All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier was honored by having

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Minnesota Twins' All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier was in Fulton last Saturday morning, as his former No. 1 jersey was retired by his alma mater, IAHS. Dozier, front, is flanked by IAHS players, as well as former Indian head coach Brian Long (far left) and current head coach Steve Kerr (far right).

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Minnesota Twins’ All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier was in Fulton last Saturday morning, as his former No. 1 jersey was retired by his alma mater, IAHS. Dozier, front, is flanked by IAHS players, as well as former Indian head coach Brian Long (far left) and current head coach Steve Kerr (far right).

his jersey retired by his alma mater, Itawamba AHS, during the high school team’s annual Hit-A-Thon at Fulton City Park on Saturday.
“It’s very humbling,” Dozier said. “Fulton is a tight-knit community, and everyone is family here. Even though I don’t live here anymore, it will always be home.”
Dozier, who starred at shortstop for IAHS under former head coach Brian Long from 2001-05 where he was twice selected All-State, went on to play collegiate baseball at the University of Southern Mississippi and led the Golden Eagles to their only College World Series appearance in school history back in 2009.
Dozier was drafted in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Twins and has emerged as a star, participating in the 2014 Home Run Derby and playing in the 2015 All-Star Game.
In last year’s All-Star Game, Dozier launched an 8th-inning solo home run off of Pittsburgh Pirates’ closer, Mark Melancon, and became just the 16th player in MLB history to homer in his first All-Star at-bat and only the third Minnesota Twins’ player to homer in an All-Star game, joining legends Harmon Killebrew and Kirby Puckett.
Dozier was recognized with the unveiling of a sign to be placed on the outfield wall at H.D. McGee Field in Fulton, which features an image of his No. 1 jersey from he was a member of the IAHS baseball team, and also recognition for his College World Series and All-Star game appearances.
Following short speeches by Long and Fulton mayor Lynette Weatherford, Dozier spoke to the crowd before signing autographs and posing for pictures.

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