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WL to retire jerseys for Phillips, Brown

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
November 12, 2004
West Lauderdale will honor two of its past baseball greats during of the Knights' second-round playoff game against Greene County today.
Paul Phillips and Jamie Brown will have their numbers, 37 and 33, retired in a ceremony at halftime of the Class 3A playoff game.
Both players were members of West Lauderdale's baseball team from 1990-1995, and they helped the Knights win four consecutive state titles. West Lauderdale won the state crown from 1992-1995.
Phillips earned numerous awards while playing for Knights, and he was named to the All-County and All-State teams. He was also chosen MVP of an All-Star game played in Jackson.
Phillips went on to play at Meridian Community College from 1996-1997.
He was a member of the Eagles' baseball team that finished second in the Junior College World Series in 1996, and he was part of the MCC squad that finished 1997 ranked No. 1 in the country.
Phillips went on to play of the University of Alabama and was drafted in 1998 by the Kansas City Royals.
After a series of injuries held up his career, Paul broke into the Major Leagues this season on Sept. 9 with the Royals. He appeared in four games in 2004.
Brown was also chosen to the All-County, All-State and All-Star teams while pitching for the Knights.
The right-hander went on to play for Okaloosa (Fla.) Junior College, where he was selected as a third-team All-Americian and first-team All-State Conference Pitcher of the Year.
He played on MCC's baseball team in 1996, and he was ranked the third best junior college in the nation that season.
Brown signed with the Cleveland Indians organization, shortly after the 1996 JUCO World Series, and he was a member of the Indians' 40-man roster in 1999-2000.
In 2003, Brown was traded to the Boston Red Sox, who he pitched 7 2/3 innings for this season. He is a free agent.
Phillips and Brown join three other former Knights who have had their numbers retired. Jody Hurst, Jay Powell and Jeremy Jackson also have their numbers retired.
Signs with the players' numbers will hung on the outfield wall of the Knights' baseball field, and each player will receive an individual plaque and have larger plaques displayed in the school's trophy case in the gym.

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