Cumberland University


Annual baseball dinner, auction set for Feb. 15


Cumberland baseball will host its annual Leadoff Dinner and Auction at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 15 in the Benton Jennings Center on the CU campus. The evening includes a silent and live auction of baseball memorabilia as well as other donated items, with all proceeds benefitting the CU baseball program.

Cumberland will honor two former players during this year’s event – Dr. Jon Franklin and Tim Hall.

Franklin played at Cumberland from 1986-89 and was the team MVP of the first club to reach the NAIA World Series in 1988. After graduating from CU, he attended Southern College of Optometry and in 1994, opened Franklin Family Eye Care in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Hall played at Cumberland from 1989-91 and garnered All-America honors during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He was selected in the 31st round of the MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and fter his baseball career ended, took up the sport of cycling, starting the program at his alma mater. He is currently the head coach for cycling at Lee-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.

Cost of the event is $25 per person. For more information or questions please contact head coach Woody Hunt at 615-547-1366 or email