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Wednesday, May 19, 2010Bobby Hamilton, named to the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002, is considered one of the greatest players to ever play in the Lipscomb baseball program. Named team MVP in 1977, he led the Bisons to the NAIA national championship in 1975, and again in 1978. Bob was named first team NAIA All-American. During his career Bob led the Bisons to an amazing 184 wins in four years. In 1978, he helped lead Lipscomb to a school record 50 wins. Throughout his career Bob hit an impressive .370 including a team batting average of .389 in 1975 and .398 in 1977. An outstanding outfielder, he finished with an impressive .975 career fielding percentage. In 1976 Bob was selected to be a member of the All-USA team that participated in the World Games in Mexico. After his career in 1978, Bob signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He spent some time with Lipscombsports.com this week to talk about his college days.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played Baseball 1975-78. Under Coach Ken Dugan and Coach Roy Pardue."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"We beat South Alabama in a double header. It was huge because they were No. 1 in the NCAA.
Another fond memory is our team winning the NAIA National Championship in 1977."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Coach Dugan. He taught me to never settle to settle for second best."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Over Thanksgiving my freshman year I went to the homes of my friends and fellow teammates, Doug Rives and Mark Carter. I celebrated Thanksgiving with them and their families.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"My Economics professor, Dr. Bill Ingram. He saw things in me that others didn’t see, and that I didn’t see in myself."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for Conoco Phillips Oil Company. You will know them best from Phillips 66 and Conoco stations. I am the Business Development Manager. I manage and develop strategies around selling branded motor fuels."
Tell us about your family.
"I met my wife, Tommi, in Nashville and have been married for 21 years. I have a son, Derek, who just finished his freshman year at Texas State in San Marcos. I also have a daughter, Dagny, who just completed her freshman in high school."