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Mississippi State to unveil statue of legendary baseball coach Ron Polk

Ron Polk, who led the Mississippi State baseball program for 29 years, gets a look at the statue built in honor of him (Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State is set to unveil a statue in honor of legendary baseball coach Ron Polk later this month.

Polk, known as the “Father of Southeastern Conference Baseball,” coached Mississippi State from 1976-1997 and then again from 2002-2008. During his 29 years as top dog in Starkville, Polk compiled a 1,373-590 overall record while leading the Bulldogs to six College World Series appearances.

Polk, who now serves as a special assistant to Mississippi State athletic director Zac Selmon, also holds the record for most SEC wins with 419. He has been inducted into six different Hall of Fames, including the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

The bronze statue of Polk will be unveiled outside the Adkerson Plaza Entrance of Dudy Noble Field at 3 p.m. Friday, April 14 just hours before the Bulldogs take on rival Ole Miss – a team he went 90-55 against when wearing the maroon and white.

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