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July 7, 2006
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Benedict Shortstop Signs Contract with El Paso Diablos

[Columbia, SC] Benedict College shortstop/second baseman Curtis Wragg has signed a contract with the El Paso Diablos of the American Association of Independent teams. bc-2006-baseball_team04-curtis_wragg-senior.jpgWragg, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, was one of the leading hitters on the 2006 championship Tiger baseball team. He finished the season hitting .412 and started in 36 of 47 games during the year. Head Coach, Derrick Johnson, said, "I am very happy and proud of Curtis. This was one of his individual goals and to witness him reaching a goal is very gratifying to me." While at Benedict Wragg consistently carried a 3.4 GPA and was also a co-captain on the 2006 Benedict Tiger baseball team.

"He is a hard worker, and is very dedicated to attaining his goals," said Johnson. "Curtis has the ability to be very successful while playing professional baseball, and I have no doubt that he will succeed in all his future endeavors."

The American Association is one of the great names in the history of professional baseball leagues in the United States. The first American Association was formed in 1902 as an independent minor league for the larger cities in the Midwestern area of the U.S. The original members of the league were the St. Paul Apostles, the Minneapolis Millers, the Kansas City Cowboys, the Toledo Mud Hens, the Indianapolis Indians, the Louisville Colonels, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Columbus (OH) Senators. The following year (1903), the American Association joined the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (the minor league organization), and for the next half century the league was arguably the most influential minor league in all of baseball. Great players such as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and more starred in league ballparks, and the Junior World Series was a major event in the U.S. sporting world. In 1944 more than 50,000 fans showed up for a crucial JWS game between Louisville and Baltimore.

Source: BC Sports Information