Inducted Class of 2015
Anthony Sanders was a student athlete in three sports at Santa Rita High School from 1988 to 1992. He excelled in football, baseball and basketball; he was a member of the student council and honor society.
In football, Sanders was first team All-State/City as a junior and senior. He was a Parade All-American and ranked as the third best high school QB in the country in 1992. He had his pick of scholarship offers to choose from to play two sports ad division 1 colleges. He committed to the University of Arizona.
In basketball, Sanders took his varsity team to the state championship game while receiving All-City honors. Santa Rita High School retired his number ten jersey.
In baseball, Sanders was first team All-State/City as a junior and senior. The Toronto Blue Jays in the 7th round in the 1992 MLB Draft drafted him.
Sanders played 15 years of professional baseball while playing with the Blue Jays, Mariners, Reds, White Sox, Rockies and the Bay Stars of the NPB. He made his MLB debut in 1998. In the 2000 Sumer Games in Sydney Australia he brought home a gold medal for team USA baseball. In 2001, he took part in a MLB record as the Seattle Mariners won 116 games.
Sanders has been a coach and manager with the Colorado Rockies organization for the past nine years giving him over 23 years’ experience of professional baseball. In 2014, he was named Manager of the Year. In 2014, he received his Master of Management Degree from the University of Phoenix. He currently takes part in youth sports here in Tucson year round.