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MOORHEAD – Former Mississippi Delta Community College baseball standout Mike DeJean was one of 15 individuals inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during its 10th annual induction banquet held April 26 at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.

DeJean was Mississippi Delta’s dynamics shortstop under Coach Terry Thompson during the 1989 and ‘90 seasons and helped lead the program to an MACJC State Championship and a NJCAA Region XXIII Championship.

In 1991, he left MDCC and continued his college baseball career at Livingston State University (currently known as the University of West Alabama). In his senior year there, he helped the program reach the Division II College World Series. During the series, he faced two batters and retired both.

Although he played college baseball at the shortstop position, that year the standout was drafted in the 24th round by the New York Yankees and signed to a professional contract as a pitcher.

DeJean was traded to the Colorado Rockies in ’96 and made his professional debut on the mound on May 2, 1997 against the Philadelphia Phillies. During four seasons in Colorado, he went 5-0 with a 3.99 ERA in 55 appearances, mostly as a mid-reliever.

He went also played for the Milwaukee Brewers for two years and achieved success as a closer during the ‘01 and ’02 seasons. In 2002, he recorded 27 saves in 30 appearances.

DeJean then played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Baltimore Orioles then was traded to the New York Mets during the 2004 season. That season he made 16 appearances and recorded 24 strikeouts in 21 innings and tallied a 1.69 ERA.

In 2005, he went back to the Rockies and posted a 3.19 ERA in 38 relief showings. In October of the same year, Colorado resigned DeJean to a one-year contract, but he was injured before playing a game and spent that season rehabbing with the AAA Colorado Springs taking the mound 20 times.

DeJean is currently employed at Videolink Surveillance, LLC and conducts baseball and softball lessons. He also coaches a 13-year-old USSSA baseball team.

He joins the ranks of previously inducted MDCC student-athletes such as Terry Thompson (2015), John Benge (2014), Charles “Chuck” Thomas (2013), James “Wooky” Gray (2012), Benton White (2011), Sam Latham (2010), John Ray Ricks (2009), Jim Randall (2008), Carl Grubb (2008), Bob Clark (2007), Herbert Hargett (2007) and James E. “Jimmy” Bellipanni (2007).

The remaining 14 inductees included: James Washington Sr. (Coahoma CC); Troy C. Greer (Copiah-Lincoln CC); Marcus Thames (East Central CC); Minor Hines (Hinds CC); Mike Kinnison (Holmes CC); Billy Q. Caples (Itawamba CC); Deion Branch (Jones County JC); Sean Covich (Meridian CC); Dr. Thomas L “Tommy” Davis (East Mississippi CC); Connie Winstead-Mackay (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC); Phyllis Stafford Dilworth (Northeast Mississippi CC); Fred Thomas (Northwest Mississippi CC); Jeffery Posey (Pearl River CC); and Charleen Newcomb (Southwest Mississippi CC).

MDCC 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Set

  • Sunday, 16 March 2014 04:15

The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting five new members Saturday, April 12th, with a banquet and induction ceremony in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.

This year’s athletes include; Pat Hare (1979-1981) basketball, tennis and track, Reagan Ford (1966-1968) football and baseball, Kevin Rogers (1986-1988) baseball, and Michael DeJean (1988-1990) baseball. The Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient will be long-time MDCC Alumni Affairs and Development Director Bethe Williams Becker.

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Pat Hare Reagan Ford

Pat Hare, formerly of Greenville, was an All-Star basketball player at MDJC and the MVP in basketball at Millsaps. He was a member of MDJC’s State Championship tennis team. Reagan Ford was an All-State defensive back his freshman and sophomore years at MDJC and was a Junior College All-American.

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Kevin Rogers Mike DeJean

Kevin Rogers led MDJC to State and Region XXIII Championships as a pitcher and set the record for most wins in a season (11). He went on to pitch for the San Francisco Giants. Mike DeJean also led Terry Thompson’s Trojans to State and Region XXIII Championships as a pitcher. He was drafted by the New York Yankees and played professionally for the Colorado Rockies, the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets.

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Bethe Williams Becker

Mrs. Bethe Williams Becker of Greenwood is being inducted as the Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojans recipient. She is the person most responsible for getting the MDCC Sports Hall Of Fame off the ground in 1999 by taking on the daunting task of organizing that first induction ceremony and banquet.

Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremony are $20 per person ($5 for children 12 and under) and may be ordered by mail from the MDCC Athletic Director, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Reservations may be made by calling 662-246-6478 or 246-6471 or 662-207-0266. The deadline to order is April 4th and reservations are required to attend. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.