Canes Baseball Honors a Legend

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Russ Mitchell was on the 2001, 2002, and 2003 state championship baseball team. He was a shortstop and a pitcher when they needed him to be. He was a competitor and an athlete who did not like to lose.

Russ is the only former Purple Hurricanes to ever play in the MLB, playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. To this day, he is the only player for the Dodgers to have two home-runs for his first two major league hits. He has held this record since 2010. He played third and first for the dodgers before getting surgery on his wrist, which ultimately ended his career.

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, which was also senior night for the Canes, Coach Stuart Chester retired Russ Mitchell’s jersey. Currently, sophomore J.R. Evans wears the number 5 jersey, and will continue to do so until the end of the 2016 season. Wednesday was an emotional night for the Canes Baseball family, and a great way to honor one of the best to ever play at Cartersville High School.

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