Kenny Dickson
Kenny Dickson
Kenny Dickson is the third baseball player and the fourth person affiliated with the baseball program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame. Dickson, thought by many to be the best player in the group that started the inaugural varsity baseball program at the University in 1986, played for two years from 1986-87 after transferring from Anderson College, which was then a two-year school. When he finished, he left his mark on a number of offensive records. Dickson finished his career with a .405 batting average with 123 hits including 32 doubles, 25 home runs, and one triple. He collected 94 RBIs and 103 runs scored and had a slugging percentage of .759. He had a career-high 13-game hitting streak in 1986 and collected 12 game-winning hits during his two-year career. He ranked 7th nationally in NAIA for hits per game and was 12th nationally for doubles per game in 1986. At one point in time, Dickson owned five career, seven single-season, and five single-game school records. He currently holds USC Upstate's all-time record for batting average at .405. He ranks second all-time second in home runs, second in slugging percentage, eighth in doubles, eighth in total bases (230), ninth in RBIs. It should be noted that he ranked No. 1 in home runs, doubles, total bases, and RBI upon completion of his career but has since been passed by people who have spent more than two years in the program. In addition, Dickson missed 16 games of the 1987 season with a broken arm. Dickson owns three single-season records at USC Upstate. He hit a school record 20 doubles in 1986, collected 36 extra base hits in 1986, and tallied 146 total bases in 1986. He also owns USC Upstate's single-game records with five runs scored against Furman in 1987 and three doubles against The Citadel in 1987. In total, his name appears 17 times on the career and single-season Top 10 lists. A Team Captain in 1987, Dickson was highly decorated for his play on the field, earning All-District Six honors and in 1986 and was a District Six Player of the Week selection twice. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 15th round of the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft and played for two seasons in the organization. He started out in Auburn, NY, and was in the midst of a solid Rookie League season when he broke his wrist. After having a bone graft from his hip to replace bone in his wrist, he attempted a comeback in 1988 with the Asheville Tourists, but the injury was too much to overcome, ending his young professional career. Dickson graduated from the University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He and his wife, Page, have two children, son Matthew and daughter Taylor. He works at QS/1 Data Systems as a hardware maintenance manager and has been with the company for nearly 16 years.

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