Dean Montgomery ‘73
As the Benedict College Tigers' premier baseball player in 1970 and 1971, shortstop Eddie Lee Montgomery led the team in hitting, stolen bases and runs scored. He did not play during his junior and senior years because the sport was temporarily suspended due to budget restraints at the school.
In 1970, Montgomery had a .412 batting average and received the Best Freshman Award and Best Batter Award. As a sophomore, he repeated as batting champion and received the Golden Glove Award for best fielder.
Eddie performed at shortstop like many major leaguers. Darting left and right on the diamond, he scooped up hard-hit grounders and made acrobatic whirls toward the bases as he threw runners out.
Particularly impressive was his demeanor at plate. He waited patiently for pitches he liked, then with powerful swings of the bat he often sent baseballs soaring beyond the reach of infielders and outfielders.
Eddie Dean Montgomery also put up some impressive stats in the classroom, graduating in the upper ranks of the Benedict College Class of 1974. His many accomplishments since then include distinguished service at two historically Black institutions of higher learning - as Vice President for Business Affairs at Voorhees College for 14 years, and now as Vice President of Fiscal Affairs at Bethune-Cookman College.