Former Anderson County Maverick Cody Pack was inducted in the Lincoln Memorial University Hall of Fame in October.
Pack roamed centerfield for LMU from 2007-2011.
The former ACHS baseball standout found a groove on the Railsplitter baseball team, earning All South Atlantic Conference (twice) and All Defensive Team his senior year; CoSIDE Academic All Region his junior and senior seasons, and was a two-time B. Frank Turner Award for Citizenship in both his junior and senior years.
“LMU, that small college atmosphere, was good for me,” Pack said after his induction. “Honestly, I was kinda surprise by this honor. I know you’re eligible seven years after you graduate, but it took me by surprise.”
Pack’s stat line was enough for consideration — he finished his career with a .319 average, and places in the top 10 in a number of LMU career records.
Those include home runs (second with 31), RBI (second with 163), walks (fifth with 91), runs scored (sixth with 154, total bases (sixth with 321), doubles (seventh with 39), slugging percentage (eighth with .585), and triples (eighth with seven).
And he played stellar defense, even though he was slowed a little his senior year after collinding with an outfield wall while chasing down an out.
But it was his leadership on and off the field that was mentioned most.
“I was lucky,” he said. “When I first went to LMU they hadn’t really been a baseball power, but the Class of 2011 started turning that around and now it’s in the upper tier of the conference. I was part of the group of guys who built the foundation.”
And it took hard work. Pack said he was relentless in the weight room, and concentrated on his defensive work.
“But I like swinging the stick,” he laughed.
Though he wasn’t drafted after graduation he did get several try out offers, and a couple of offers to play overseas.
But he chose to concentrate on other pursuits: Family.
Pack lives in Knoxvilel with his wife, Lauren. He is a research assistant at the University of Tennessee where he is pursuing a PhD in materials engineering.
“It just came time to put the glove down,” he said.
And time to put a plaque up.