Former Vols outfielder Bobby Tucker dies at 62

Bobby Tucker played for the University of Tennessee baseball team from 1970-73. (Photo by UT Sports)

Photo by UT Sports

Bobby Tucker played for the University of Tennessee baseball team from 1970-73. (Photo by UT Sports)

KNOXVILLE — Bobby Tucker, the only four-time All- Southeastern Conference honoree in University of Tennessee baseball history, died on Saturday at his home in Cordova, Tenn. Tucker was 62.

A Memphis native, Tucker starred for the Volunteers from 1970-73, earning first team All-America honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association as a senior and garnering All-SEC acclaim all four seasons (three times as an outfielder and once as a first baseman).

He finished his career with the third-highest batting average in school history at .389 and slugged 34 home runs, a record that stood for the next 20 years. Tucker hit .400 with 13 home runs and a .800 slugging percentage during his senior season, guiding the Vols to a 20-15 record and second place SEC East finish.

A member of the Tennessee Baseball All-Century Team, Tucker holds the program record in career slugging percentage (.721) and ranks fourth in batting average (.389), fifth in home runs (34) and eighth in RBI (147). He also holds UT’s freshman batting average record (.406).

Tucker was also a standout in the classroom during his time in Knoxville, earning Academic All-American status in 1972 and 1973 and landing on the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 1971-73. He is also a member of the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a 15th round selection by the Chicago White Sox in the 1973 MLB Draft and went on to play in the Minor Leagues for three seasons with the organization. The Tennessean represented the United States in the 1972 Baseball World Cup in Managua, Nicaragua.

He is survived by his wife, Diane, his son, Robby and his wife Ashton, his mother, Mary, two sisters, Sandra Lewis and Patricia McGregor, and one brother, Johnny.

The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 11 with a service to follow at 2 p.m. at the Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 2700 N. Germantown Pkwy. in Bartlett.

Online condolences may be made here.

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