baseball in Knoxville, TN
Todd Helton is a Knoxville native and is known as one of the best sluggers in UT history. Alumni recall Todd Helton was part of the team that finished third in the College World Series. Mr. Helton was named the 1995 National Collegiate Baseball player of the year. He was a dual-sport athlete at UT Knoxville, lettering in baseball and football, where he was backed by future Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning. In his 1997 debut for the Colorado Rockies, Todd Helton recorded his first hit and homerun. He would conclude his Major League Baseball career with 369 home runs and 2,519 hits. Todd Helton’s best season came in 2000, when he blasted a National League season record 216 hits and led the major leagues in batting average, RBI, doubles, total bases, extra base hits and slugging percentage. Mr. Helton became only the fourth player in National League history to lead in both batting average and RBIs. He was named the Associated Press Major League Baseball player of the year. Todd Helton’s prolific career also included the Hank Aaron Award and being named an all-star five times. Todd Helton recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with wife Christy Bollman. Todd & Christy have two beautiful daughters together.