EDITOR’S NOTE: The 2020-2021 Fox Sports Texarkana Hall of Fame will induct eight new members next month. Short bios on each inductee will be published. Brent Bearden will be inducted Sept. 6, with a reception at 4 p.m., and ceremony at 5 p.m. He will be Bob DelGiorno’s guest that Monday at Thirty Burger (6 p.m.).
TEXARKANA — Make no mistake, Brent Bearden loves baseball. He accomplished enough in high school and college to be selected to the Fox Sports Texarkana Hall of Fame.
People were shocked when he retired after one season of professional ball. The big (6-4, 200), hard-throwing righty was 3-1 with a 3.68 era that summer, and led the Class A New York-Pennsylvania League in strikeouts.
Bearden gave up the game immediately after the passing of his father (Don). He had promised his dad he would look after his mother if anything happened to him.
“It was the strike year, and I had gone back to Baylor to work on my Masters after being released,” he said. “I still had more than a month of school left when Toronto called to resign me. Then dad died, and I told myself I was done. I felt obligated to stay home and take care of mom. I’ve never regretted doing it.”
Brent gave up playing to be with mom
Bearden was done as a player, but had a lot more baseball in his future. He served as a pitching coach for Texarkana College coach Dave Van Horn and Rob Childress for two years. Then his Dixie Youth team went to the World Series, and today he works with young pitchers in the region. That still leaves lots of time at home with his wife Jenny.
One of his most recent success stories is Pleasant Grove’s Blake Jennings, who helped pitch the Hawks to a state championship earlier this year. Brent’s son Brock has also benefitted from his father’s knowledge of the game. The best news is that both return to Pleasant Grove next year.
Brent had come full-circle. Don had coached his two sons (Brad), and couldn’t have been happier with their development on the diamond. Don’s eldest son was an incredible pitcher, but he also hit 10 home runs his senior season at Arkansas High.
Bearden led Legion Hogs to World Series
Prior to playing collegiately at Texarkana College and Baylor, Brent helped carry the Texarkana Razorbacks to the American Legion World Series in 1990. The locals finished third to Puerto Rico.
He then played a significant role in the Texarkana Bulldogs winning the school’s first conference championship. He was voted MVP in 1994 when he pitched Baylor to the Southwest Conference crown. Brent had already made a lifetime of memories.
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 26, Fox Sports Texarkana’s Bob DelGiorno will be on the radio live at the Mighty Crab, located on Gibson Lane behind Target. This will be a weekly show through the football season. DelGiorno will be at Thirty Burger the following Monday, and every Monday through football. The show will start at 6 p.m.
The Fox Sports Texarkana Hall of Fame will induct Brent Bearden on Monday, Sept 6, at Thirty Burger. There will be a reception at 4 p.m., and ceremony at 5 p.m. Bearden will then be Bob DelGiorno’s guest during his weekly show at the restaurant.