Best Of 2020

Throughout the past year, scores of current and former local athletes and coaches have taken active roles in the fight against COVID-19 and for social justice. These are just a few of their stories. 

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Dr. Mark Hamilton

Dr. Mark Hamilton, who grew up in Baltimore before moving away at the age of 12, played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2010-2011 and enjoyed a productive minor-league career that spanned nine seasons.

After he turned 30, Hamilton decided to move in a different direction in life. He attended the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell on Long Island and studied interventional radiology. He graduated this spring, not long after COVID-19 hit, and is now a resident physician at Northwell Health in New York City.

“Whenever you’re serving a population like New York that has a wide range of walks of life and a lot of diverse patients, you see every illness and those things don’t stop,” Hamilton said in April. “Part of this coronavirus issue is when we’re taking care of this large influx of patients that we’re also protecting the patients who are there for other things, who may not have already been exposed. That’s definitely a big challenge.”

Photo Credit: St. Louis Cardinals Archive

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