Renegades outfielder Marty Gantt has won the 2012 Tom Walker Inspiration Award. Gantt has overcome an physical abnormality to excel in baseball and lead the College of Charleston baseball team to the NCAA playoffs. Gantt was born with an undeveloped right hand but that did not stop him from winning the Southern Conference Player of the Year and leading the team in hitting for 2012.
Gantt was drafted by the Rays in the seventh round of this year’s draft. He quickly picked up where he left off in college, hitting .218 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 16 RBI’s in 50 games with the Renegades.
The Tom Walker Inspiration Award was started in honor of Wake Forest coach Tom Walker who donated his kidney to one of his players. The award is given to collegiate players who display courage, the ability to overcome adversity and provide an inspiration.