Jerry Bell, pitching coach for Lebanon High baseball and a former major
leaguer, will be inducted into the DuPont High Sports Hall of Fame in
ceremonies planned Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Old Hickory Country Club.
Bell is a 1965 graduate of DuPont High where he was named “All-City” in
both baseball and basketball.
As a senior, the right hander struck out 63 batters in 43 innings and
allowed just six earned runs.
He went on to play both sports at then-Belmont College and was inducted
into Belmont’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
An All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference performer, he was drafted in
the second round by then Seattle Pilots (now Milwaukee Brewers) in 1969
and became the first Belmont baseball player to reach the Major Leagues.
In four seasons with the Brewers Bell compiled a 17-11 record with a
career 3.28 ERA.
That 3.28 ERA ranks seventh all-time among Brewer pitchers with at least
250 career innings pitched.
He was named the Brewers’ rookie pitcher of the year in 1972.
Working as a private instructor, Bell has tutored several pro draftees,
including P.J. Francescon and Craig Stem (both from Trevecca), Clint
Wright (Columbia State), Will Locante (Cumberland) and Navery Moore