Lunch with a Legend
Featuring Kelly Shoppach
Thursday, Feb. 23
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Join the Baylor family at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco for our Lunch with a Legend series. John Morris, The Voice of the Bears, sits down with Kelly Shoppach, former Baylor Baseball catcher (1999-2001).
After the program, take a tour through the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, a museum honoring more than 400 Texas legends and home to 6,000 pieces of sports memorabilia.
Event Location: Texas Sports Hall of Fame
1108 S University Parks Dr Waco, TX 76706
Registration Options: Texas state and local sales taxes are included
- Individual Registration: $15
- Baylor GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade: $10
- Select Table of 8: $200
Doors will open and the Bubba's 33 buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m. We encourage you to plan to arrive at 11:30 a.m. and have lunch before the program starts at noon.
About our Legend
Kelly Shoppach (1999-2001)
Former Baylor Baseball Player
Inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011, Kelly Shoppach won the inaugural Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top catcher in 2001 when he was a unanimous All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year and set single-season records for a Baylor catcher with 93 hits, 69 RBI and a .463 on-base average.
A two-sport standout at Brewer High School, earning district MVP honors in football, Shoppach was part of three-consecutive NCAA regional teams at Baylor. The Bears won the 2000 Big 12 regular-season championship and lost to Oklahoma State in the 1999 Super Regional.
Taken by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the 2001 MLB Draft, Shoppach made his major league debut on May 28, 2005, and played nine seasons with the Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets and Seattle Mariners.
A career .223 hitter in the major leagues with 70 home runs, 92 doubles and 216 RBI, he missed out on the Red Sox’s 2007 World Championship when he was traded to Cleveland. But Shoppach had his best season with the Indians in 2008, when he hit .261 with a career-high 21 homers, 27 doubles and 55 RBI.
In two seasons with Tampa Bay, Shoppach caught a no-hitter thrown by Matt Garza on July 26, 2010; and hit two homers with five RBI in Game 1 of the 2011 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 30, 2011.
Now in his seventh year as an assistant baseball coach at Texas Wesleyan University, Kelly and his wife, Jennifer, live in Aledo, just outside of Fort Worth, have three daughters, Alexandra (21), Addison (14) and Aubrey (12). Alexandra is a student at Baylor School of Nursing in Dallas.
About our Moderator
John Morris (BA '80)
Voice of the Bears
Recognized by the National Sports Media Association in 2019 as the Texas Co-Sportscaster of the year, the “Voice of the Bears”, John Morris is in his 28th year as the signature voice of Baylor Athletics. This is his 36th year overall including eight years (1987 – 1994) working alongside the legendary “Voice of the Bears” Frank Fallon. Officially, he is Baylor’s Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcasting and his duties now include play-by-play for Baylor Football and 2021 National Champion Men’s Basketball in addition to third tier television broadcasts on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Going into the 2022 football season, Morris has broadcast 404 consecutive B.U. Football games. Morris has also been behind the mic for Baylor Baseball, Softball, Women’s Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Equestrian, Track & Field and Acrobatics & Tumbling.
A December, 1980 Baylor graduate, Morris worked 15-years as TV sports anchor and Sports Director on Waco’s CBS affiliate, KWTX-TV before moving to Baylor Athletics full-time. At Homecoming in November, 1999, Morris was named one of Baylor’s outstanding young alumni. In November, 2002, he was honored with the Frank Fallon Sportsmanship Award named for his mentor from the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.
John Morris is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and graduated with honors from Danville (Ky.) High School in 1977. A proud father of three and grandfather of three, Morris is married to the former Terri Melton, a 1985 Baylor graduate. They are the parents of Meagan (33) a Baylor graduate, Maddie (29) a Baylor Nursing School Graduate, and M.J. (25) a Baylor Mechanical Engineering Graduate. The Morris family is active at Harris Creek Baptist Church.
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