Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories that looks at life after sports for former local athletes who made headlines years ago.
The iconic photograph shows Anthony Jenkins in full flight, sliding in head-first and reaching with his left hand to tag home plate, scoring the winning run in The Citadel's only College World Series victory.
It was 20 years ago -- June 4, 1990 -- when Jenkins raced home on Tony Skole's 12th-inning single to lift the Bulldogs to an 8-7 victory over Cal State- Fullerton at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, in The Citadel's first and only trip to the College World Series.
Rosenblatt Stadium is currently hosting its final College World Series, but Jenkins remembers one of the old stadium's finest moments like it was yesterday.
"It was one of those plays you always dream about in the backyard," Jenkins said. "That game exemplified our whole team. We had to fight all the way to the end. It still brings back goose bumps, especially this time of year."
Jenkins, a 1990 graduate of The Citadel, is now 42 years old, a husband, father and entrepreneur who weighs a bit more than he did as a two-sport star at Stratford High School.
He's got only one regret when he thinks about those glory days with the Bulldogs, when Chal Port's best Citadel team won 46 games, shocked top-ranked Miami in the NCAA regionals and captured the hearts of college baseball fans as plucky underdogs at the CWS.
Jenkins wishes he could have made those days on the playing field last a little longer.
"Some days I wish I had gotten into coaching," Jenkins says now. "My passions are sports and kids, and sometimes I wish I had gone that way. (Citadel coach Fred) Jordan did offer me a position when he first got the job at The Citadel, but my career was on a different path by then. But sometimes, I do wish I had done that."
Jenkins was the Southern Conference male athlete of the year and a first-team All-American in 1990, when he hit .397 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs for the Bulldogs. He played defensive back for two years for The Citadel's football team.
"Coach (Charlie) Taaffe decided I needed to concentrate on baseball," Jenkins said with a laugh. "I still thank him for kicking me off the team."
Jenkins was a 25th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, and played 2 1/2 years of pro baseball.
These days, he is a senior loan officer for a mortgage lender, and also owns and operates Shutters and Blinds For Less with his wife, Enid Brockington Jenkins. She also works as regional program director for the S.C. Governor's Office of Continuum of Care, which serves emotionally disturbed children and their families.
They are the proud parents of daughter Amaris Lloy Jenkins, who will start the ninth grade at Stratford this fall. For fun, the Jenkins' family loves to travel, especially on cruises, and attend sports events at The Citadel and at South Carolina State, where Enid earned her master's degree.
"AJ" still is close to Citadel baseball -- Jordan gave him a chance to address this year's team, and Jenkins traveled to Columbia to watch the Bulldogs in the NCAA regionals
"Citadel baseball is a family," he said. "It's a tradition, and I know I still talk to a lot of the guys from that (1990) team. We still have that camaraderie, and it's something we try to pass on each year."
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