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Dr. Jeffery Laubenthal when he was playing baseball for the Crimson Tide. (Courtesy: UA Athletics) Dr. Jeffery Laubenthal when he was playing baseball for the Crimson Tide. (Courtesy: UA Athletics)
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Former Alabama baseball Academic All-American Dr. Jeffery Laubenthal will be honored at the 2012 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament as part of the inaugural group of SEC Baseball Legends.

Featuring former standouts from SEC member institutions, the inaugural SEC Baseball Legends Presented by AT&T will be honored at the 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament May 22-27 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. The 2012 class includes Dr. Jeffrey Laubenthal, Alabama; Kevin McReynolds, Arkansas; Brad Wilkerson, Florida; Rev. Reggie Andrews, Georgia. Four legends will be recognized each year, with representatives from Auburn, LSU, Kentucky and Missouri set to be honored in 2013. 

"The SEC Baseball Legends Presented by AT&T allows us to honor the deep tradition and history of baseball in our league and show everyone why the SEC is the nation's premier baseball conference," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "We are grateful to our friends at AT&T for helping make this program possible." 

A First Team Academic All-American in 1993, Laubenthal was honored as the H. Boyd McWhorter Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1992, the SEC's highest academic honor. A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (1991-93), Laubenthal earned an SEC postgraduate scholarship, which he used to attend the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical School, graduating in 1997. 

Laubenthal was a four-year letterman for the Alabama baseball team from 1990-93. During his career, the outfielder/designated hitter posted a .284 batting average in 133 games, while making 78 starts for the Crimson Tide. He finished his playing days with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 56 RBI and 88 total hits. His senior season in 1993 was his best, as he started 51 of 52 games, posting a .289 average with six home runs, 30 RBI and 33 runs scored. 

Laubenthal specializes in family practice and sports medicine at the West Alabama Family Practice Center in Tuscaloosa. He joined the University of Alabama Athletic Department Sports Medicine team in 2001, and currently works with several athletic programs, including serving as the primary doctor for the Alabama baseball team. 

He is married to the former Katherine Kelleher, an All-American gymnast at Alabama who earned a SEC Postgraduate Scholarship of her own. The couple has two daughters, Lilly and Claire.

Legends from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Georgia will be recognized at this year's tournament. Four legends will be recognized each year, with representatives from Auburn, LSU, Kentucky and Missouri set to be honored in 2013.

Each SEC Baseball Legend will have on-field recognition and awards presentation by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive on Saturday, May 26, during the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. Fans will have an opportunity for autographs and photos with the honorees on the concourse immediately following. The Legends will also participate in the annual SEC Youth Clinic on Friday morning.

INFORMATION SOURCE: UA Athletics

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