Former Holmes CC Bulldog makes appearance for Savannah Bananas


A former Holmes Community College Bulldog suited up for the popular Savannah Bananas this weekend.

Roy Oswalt took to the mound as the team played at Minuted Maid Park in Houston Saturday, March 9.

The Choctaw County native pitched 1/3 of an inning, giving up 3 hits and getting 1 strikeout.

Oswalt’s former Houston Astros teammate Roger Clemens also made an appearance in the game.

The Savannah Bananas are an exhibition baseball team that has seen a surge in popularity due to their social media presences and unique “Banana Ball” rules. The team is often called the baseball version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Oswalt played baseball for Weir High School before playing his college ball in Goodman with Holmes CC.

He was taken in the 23rd round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. After a few years in the minor leagues, he made his MLB debut in 2001. During his time with the Astros (2001-2010), he led the National League in wins during the 2004 season and ERA during the 2006 season. He was also a 3-time National League All-Star and was named MVP of the 2005 National League Championship Series.

After Houston, Oswalt played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers before finishing his career with the Colorado Rockies in 2013.

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