Larkin High School Class of 1991
Rick (LHS 1991) was a two year varsity shortstop for the Royals baseball team. As a junior, Short batted .427 with 32 runs batted in, while he hit .398 and scored 44 runs in his senior year when Larkin won the sectional championship. Rick was a two time unanimous All-Upstate 8 Conference selection and was also named to the All-Area team by both the Elgin Courier and the Daily Herald in both his junior and senior seasons. He went on to play three seasons at Western Illinois University, where he had a career batting average of .344. During the 1993 season, Rick was named to the All-Midwest Continent Conference First Team. The following year, while serving as team captain, Short set a school record with the Leathernecks for hits in a season (60) while hitting .373 with 45 runs scored and 34 runs batted in. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1994 and played in the Baltimore, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, and Washington Nationals minor league organizations. During his minor league career, Rick had a lifetime batting average of .319 with 265 doubles, 90 home runs, and 1, 318 hits. In addition, he had two batting championships, including one with a .383 average in the Pacific Coast League for the New Orleans Zephyrs. Short was the MLB.com AAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2005, as well as a Pacific Coast League midseason and post-season All-Star. That fall, Rick played in 11 games for the Washington Nationals (managed by Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson), batting .400 including home runs off Dontrelle Willis and Hall of Famer, John Smoltz. Short finished his baseball career playing four seasons in the Japanese Pacific League for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, where he batted over .300 in three seasons and twice won batting titles with averages of .330 and .332. In 2011 Rick was inducted into the Western Illinois University Hall of Fame.