TIM HUDSON

 

 

Timothy Adam Hudson, the son of Ronnie and Sue Hudson, was born July 14, 1975 in Columbus, Georgia.  Tim was a 1993 graduate of Glenwood School in Phenix City, Alabama.  Tim was the cornerstone of his high school baseball program as he led them to the 1993 AISA state championship.  Although he was relatively unknown, primarily because of his size and the fact that he attended a small private school, Tim signed a baseball scholarship to Chattahoochee Valley Community College.

As a freshman at CVCC, Tim blossomed into one of the best baseball players in the country, as he earned First-team All American honors.  Tim led his team to the AJCCC Division II championship in 1994, while leading his team in batting average (.385), home runs (9), runs batted in (42), wins (10-2), strikeouts (76), and was second on the team with a 2.76 ERA.  Consequently, Tim was named Most Valuable Player of the AJCCC.  Tim’s momentum carried over to his sophomore year, as he was named Second-team All American in 1995.  Tim led the nation, set a school record, and a then conference record in strikeouts with 117.  Tim helped his own cause as a pitcher by hitting .345 with 5 home runs, and 29 runs batted in.  In addition, he had a team and conference leading 1.95 ERA.

After serving his two years at CVCC, Tim signed a baseball scholarship to Auburn University, where he became one of the finest baseball players in the history of the program.  Tim led his team in ERA (3.25) and strikeouts (90) in 1996.  However, his true breakout year was 1997 as a senior for the Tigers.  Not only did he lead the team in every pitching category (15-2, 2.97 ERA, 165 strikeouts), while setting an Auburn baseball record for strikeouts per nine innings (11.89); but led Auburn in batting (.396), hit 18 home runs, and set a school record for runs batted in, with 95.  Tim was rewarded by being named First-team All-SEC, SEC Player of the Year, First-team All-American, and the recipient of the prestigious Smith Award, which recognizes the best collegiate baseball player in America.

The icing on Tim Hudson’s cake was being selected in sixth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics in June of 1997.  After ripping through the minor leagues for two years, Tim was called up to the majors in June of 1999 where he continued his dominance of the sport.  Tim finished 11-2 with a 3.23 ERA and led the Athletics with 132 strikeouts while pitching in only two-thirds of the season.  Tim followed up his rookie season by being selected to the American League All-Star team and finishing second in the American League for the 2000 and 2003 Cy Young Award.  Tim currently serves as a member of the San Francisco Giants pitching staff after being acquired through off season free agency and is considered by most baseball experts as one of the top pitchers in the game. Furthermore, after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2008, he returned to form in 2010 and earned the MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award.  In a sixteen year career, Hudson has compiled a 214-124 record with 2,06 strikeouts and a 3.45 ERA and has been named a four time All Star (2000, 2004, 2010, 2014) with the Oakland Athletics, the Atlanta Braves, and the San Francisco Giants.  And after sixteen seasons, Tim finally earned his first World Series Championship as his San Francisco Giants topped the Kansas City Royals in 7 games.

Additionally, Tim has become one of Major League Baseball’s most active philanthropist’s, for his tireless volunteer work with sick and underprivileged youth in both the cities and suburbs of Oakland and Atlanta, through he and his wife’s, Kim, Hudson Family Foundation.  For his efforts, he is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.  This award is given every year to a Major League Baseball player who gives outstanding performances both on the field and in the community.

Tim was married to the former Kim Bruner in October of 1999 and he and his family reside in Auburn, Alabama in the off-season.

TIM HUDSON DAY

On Monday, April 19, 2010, a ceremony was held honoring Tim Hudson for his $200,000 contribution to the CVCC Baseball Program, as well as his accomplishments in the game of baseball.  His Chattahoochee Valley # 18 was retired and permanantly placed on the left center field wall.  Click here to read the story “Unbelievable Gesture.”