Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 29, 2013

Navarro great Cole featured in magazine

Top prospect killed in accident in ‘01

By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun

— If you do one thing this weekend or on Monday, pick up a copy of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated — the 2013 Baseball Season Preview — when it hits the stores (or borrow one from a friend that subscribes who already has it).

Just an amazing story on "The Best Player You Never Saw" about former Navarro great Brian Cole. Cole's No. 3 is retired on the Graham Field wall. It's a beautifully written story about Cole's rise from Navarro to becoming one of the New York Mets' top prospects before a car accident took his life in 2001.

All-Stars CC Sabathia and Albert Pujols are quoted in the story as well as Corsicana baseball coach Heath Autrey and former Navarro coaches Skip Johnson and Keith Thomas. It is worth the 20 minutes it takes to read.