[Editor's Note: C.J. was thoughtful enough to share this with us on former MSU pitcher Scott Tanksley's tragic passing. Just awful news. Please keep his family in your prayers]
Scott Tanksley lettered in baseball with the Mississippi State Diamond Dogs from 1993 to 1995. He pitched 82 games and is ranked third in the school's all time saves list. He was a Mizuno Freshman All-American in 1993 and was the last freshman to throw a complete game shutout at MSU. He still ranks in the Top 10 in seven statistical categories for the Bulldogs.
Tanksley was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 22nd round of the 1995 draft. He pitched three seasons in the minor leagues going 2-6 with a 3.34 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 18 walks over 36 appearances.
In 1999 Tanksley joined the Dallas Fire Department and served on the Fire-Rescue team. Tuesday night, while helping a motorist involved in a weather-related wreck, he was killed when another vehicle struck him and he fell from a freeway overpass.
Tanksley leaves behind a wife and three children. His funeral is slated for Monday. A Mississippi State athletics story on Tanksley can be found here and a Dallas Morning News story can be found here. A remembrance Facebook page has also been set up with links to other stories and information about Tanksley.