Tyler Martin #7/#34Shortstop/Assistant Coach2001-04/2009-14Kirksville Tiger BaseballHall-of-FameClass of 2014
Tyler was a member of the Tigers from 2001-04.
During that time he earned varsity letters in 2002, 2003 & 2004 and served as the starting shortstop in the 2003 & 2004 seasons.
During his four years as a Tiger, his squads captured a North Central Missouri conference title in 2003 and broke the longest drought in school history by bringing home a District Title in 2004, the first since 1996.
Tyler was one of the best competitors in the history of the Tiger Baseball program and was a solid all-around player who was a table setter on offense, ran the bases well, and was as good of a defensive shortstop as there has been in the history of the program.
His performance during the 2004 season was a big reason the tigers were able to bring home a district title and set team records for stolen bases (115) and fielding percentage (.964).
As the lead-off hitter in 2004, his 96 at-bats are still good for #3 in a single season while his 37 hits are good for #6, his 17 stolen bases and 30 runs scored are #7, and his 27 RBI's are #10 in the single season record books.
His career .947 fielding % is #1 amongst all players who have played more than 25 games at shortstop in the history of tiger baseball.
For his performance in 2004 he was selected to All-Conference, All-District and All-State honors.
After his career at KHS, he went on to play collegiately at Hannibal-LaGrange College where he was selected to the American Midwest Conference All-Conference team and won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award as the top defensive shortstop in the conference in 2008.
He is currently in his 6th year as an assistant baseball coach and his 3rd year as the head basketball coach at KHS.
During his time as an assistant baseball coach, the Tigers have captured two conference titles, 2 district titles and 2 sectional titles.
John Sparks #27
Kirksville Tiger Baseball
Class of 2014
John was a member of the Tigers from 1992-95 earning varsity letters in 1993, 1994 & 1995 while serving as a starter on the 1994 & 1995 squads.
During that time he was a part of the winningest 4 year stretch in the history of Tiger Baseball as his squads compiled an overall record of 68 wins with only 14 losses for an astounding .829 winning percentage.
During that span, the Tigers captured 2 North Central Missouri Conference titles, 3 district titles and made 2 trips to the Final Four finishing 3rd in 1994 and 1st in 1995.
In addition to the success of his team, John was honored as an All-Conference performer in both the 1994 & 1995 seasons.
During his time as a Tiger, John was an integral part of both Final Four teams as he was a consummate team first player whose offensive production was as consistent as anyone in the history of Tiger Baseball and he is without question the best defensive first baseman in the history of Tiger Baseball. John handled 122 total chances (111 put-outs & 11 assists) without an error during the 1995 championship season and that 1.000 fielding % still ranks #1 in a single season as does his career .995 fielding % in which he only had 1 error in 206 total chances (188 put-outs & 17 assists).
A steady bat in the middle of a very dangerous line-up, John's career on base % of .513 is good for #2 all-time in a career and his .392 batting average still ranks #9 for a career in the history of the Tiger Baseball program.