Thomas Bagwell was born and raised in Georgia. He founded North Georgia Rendering Co, which processes poultry and cattle. Additionally, Thomas serves on numerous board committees.
He is known for his expressive pianistic talents and has collaborated in recital with operatic stars including Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves and others. His performances have taken place both at New York Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Early Life and Education
Bagwell graduated from Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia with the Class of 1959 and studied medical technology before working in hospital laboratories until his marriage to Yvonne White Bagwell in 1969.
At college level he played both baseball and basketball before entering professional baseball through being chosen in the fourth round of 1989 draft by Boston Red Sox.
The Bagwell family has had an immense impact on KSU through scholarships, an Endowed Dean’s Chair, and the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building being named in their honor. Their generosity is inspiring to students across KSU – their teachers often speak highly of his enthusiasm and energy!
Tom Bagwell graduated from Xavier University as a talented athlete who could play both basketball and American Legion baseball, setting school goal scoring records while serving in various positions such as shortstop or even goalie on his teams.
He was a committed trainer, making sacrifices to stay at his peak fitness, which showed on the field. It made him difficult for opponents to stop on runs; his special hand-off move became something they learnt to avoid at all costs.
An extensive major league career that spanned 15 years was cut short due to an arthritic condition in his right shoulder, which prevented him from throwing. Though this hindered him significantly as first baseman, he still managed to play in the 2005 World Series as both designated hitter and pinch hitter.
Achievement and Honors
Bagwell shot into prominence in 1994 by becoming the first player ever to hit 50 home runs in a season, joining longtime Pittsburgh Pirate Willie Stargell as only players to homer twice into Three Rivers Stadium’s upper deck.
As a runner, he achieved success as state champion of both 100-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay events at state championships. Additionally, he was recognized with two Daktronics second team all-American awards and as Harlon Hill Regional Finalist status.
Bagwell has held several notable roles in his personal life. These include serving on the Ypsilanti Township Park Board and running for City Council of Ypsilanti. Furthermore, he served as trustee for Lanier Technical College, Brenau University and Kennesaw State University as well as being an officer and volunteer with Libertarian Party of Michigan as well as several presidential campaigns.
Thomas Bagwell has been actively engaged in Libertarian politics since 2002. He served on both Ypsilanti, Michigan City Council and Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County Executive Committee as well as being involved with Ron Paul presidential campaign as an active volunteer.
In 1999, Bagwell set an MLB record by drawing 149 walks while also hitting two homers into Three Rivers Stadium’s upper deck, joining former Pirate Willie Stargell as only players who accomplished such a feat since 1900 in either league.
Bagwell has long been an advocate of Kennesaw State University and its Foundation. She donated over $2 Million, leading the school – now named in her honor – and serving on their Special Projects Committee before receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the institution in 1997.
Bagwell made history during his 15-year career with Houston Astros as first baseman. His impressive performances led to him becoming one of the most beloved players in baseball and earning several awards and accolades; currently an American baseball coach, Bagwell boasts a net worth of $70 Million.
Bagwell owns a ranch on Lake Lanier in northern Georgia that features a 3,000-square-foot manager’s home and several cabins, as well as a conservation easement with thousands of acres protected land nearby.
He attended Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut before graduating and enrolling at the University of Hartford. Today he owns American Proteins which his father established back in 1949 – it boasts a large customer base and over 250 employees.