Daniel Jared Beck

Class of 1996 / Inducted 2010 / Baseball

Daniel Jared Beck is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. The 2011 Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame inductee was a standout athlete on the baseball diamond.

Beck played two years of baseball for the Wasps and helped lead the team to 13 wins both seasons. In his career at Emory & Henry, Beck hit .407, with 22 doubles, 23 home runs, 89 RBIs, and scored 63 runs. He received first team All-ODAC honors at catcher in both 1995 and 1996, and was also first team All-State Division catcher in 1995.

1996 was a banner year for Beck, who threw out 15 of 24 base runners and hit a school record 13 home runs. That season he led the ODAC in RBI, home runs, and hitting percentage en route to being named ODAC Player of the Year and selected as a Second-Team All-American.

At the time of his graduation, Beck ranked second in the NCAA for all-time career RBI per game played (89 in two seasons), third in all-time NCAA career home runs per game played (23 in two seasons), and fourth in all-time NCAA career slugging percentage (.861). He also ranked second in doubles and fourth in batting average in the country.

In addition to his Mass Communications major and duties as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Whitetopper, Beck was also involved in Pi Delta Chi social fraternity, which he served as treasurer from 1995-96.