What a thrill it must have been for current Citadel pitching coach Britt Reames last Friday night.
The Hanahan native and past standout as a cadet was be joined by Summerville’s Steven Jackson (Clemson) and Bishop England’s Drew Meyer (USC) as the newest members of the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame, as voted on by the area’s baseball fans.
Reames starred on the mound for the Bulldogs from 1993-95 and later pitched for four teams in the major leagues. At The Citadel, he had a three-year record of 18-7 and an ERA of 2.03 and ranked second in school history at the conclusion of his career with 296 strikeouts. He struck out 10 or more batters in a game 12 times including 18 against Marshall in a 1995 Southern Conference Tournament game.
The hard-throwing righty went 10-3 with a 1.93 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 1995 and was named first team All-SoCon after earning a spot on the second team the previous season. That year he helped lead the Bulldogs to their second straight conference tournament championship and in June was selected in the 17th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Reames made his major league debut in 2000, going 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 40 2/3 innings. He also became the first Citadel player to appear in the MLB postseason and was the winning pitcher in the final game of the Cardinals’ three-game sweep of Atlanta in the National League Division Series.
Reames also pitched for the Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics and wrapped up his six-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006, striking out 204 batters in his big league career. He went into coaching and spent three seasons at Furman as the Paladins’ pitching coach before returning to The Citadel in July 2011. He was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Others from The Citadel in the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame include Gettys Glaze ’92 and Tom Hatley ‘81 (inducted in 2012), Lee Glaze ’86 and Coach Fred Jordan ’79 (2010), Donald Morillo ’95 and Doug Pounder ‘71 (2009), Richard Wieters ’77 (2008), The 1990 Citadel World Series team and Anthony Jenkins ‘90 (2007) and Coach Chal Port (2006).
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs. An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable and local volunteers was created to come up with the names as potential nominees and voting was done by fans in the local baseball community.
The Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
By Andy Solomon
Associate Athletics Director