Born: September 27, 1976 in Creswell, Oregon
Drafted by St. Louis in the 33rd round of the 1999 draft
Bodhi (Bo) J. Hart played seven seasons in the Cardinals organization and in four of those he spent time with the Redbirds. The Gonzaga University product played as the team’s second baseman, but also spent time at the shortstop and third baseman positions.
Hart joined the team in 2003, one year after the Cardinals released Stubby Clapp, and was expected to fill in as the new fan-favorite. As it turns out, the infielder was received well by Redbirds fans, and even though he does not have his number retired like Clapp, he was included in the 2009 bobblehead series (below).
In his 370 games as a Redbird, Hart hit .276 (365-for-1325) to post 206 runs, 26 homers and 131 RBI. After a couple of months in Triple-A, the then 26-year-old made his major league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on June 19, 2003. He was granted free agency in December of 2005 and went on to play in the Rockies, Cubs and Orioles organizations. Hart played his most recent baseball in 2008 for an Independent League team.
While Memphis is often the final stepping stone for professionals to get to the majors, the Bluff City can also bring other important career moments. Bo Hart actually met his wife at a Redbirds game, when she performed the pre-game National Anthem. Eventually, Hart proposed to her in the Redbirds dugout during one of AutoZone Park’s post-game firework shows.