Torii takes pride in Pine Bluff roots

Tigers outfielder grew into standout player in 'caring neighborhood'

Torii takes pride in Pine Bluff roots

Torii Hunter, OF, Tigers
Hometown: Pine Bluff, Ark.

Long before Torii Hunter was a multiple Gold Glove Award winner and five-time All-Star, he was a standout on the prep fields of Arkansas.

Hunter, born and raised in Pine Bluff, Ark., was among the top high school players in America in 1993 after hitting .436 with six home runs, 30 RBIs and 12 stolen bases as a senior.

Although it wasn't always easy for Hunter growing up in Pine Bluff -- his father was a drug addict and his family often went without power -- he told Arkansas Money & Politics in March he grew up in a "caring neighborhood."

It's because of some of those people that Hunter donated $500,000 to the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in March 2008 so construction could begin on a baseball and softball complex.

"I'll continue to let people across the country know I'm proud to be from Pine Bluff and Arkansas," Hunter told Arkansas Money & Politics. "I'll always represent my city and my state to the best of my ability on that national stage."

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.