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Jay Cannon talks to the crowd at the Meet the Pirates event after he was awarded the No. 23 jersey. (Elton Collins/The Daily Reflector)
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Jay Cannon talks to the crowd at the Meet the Pirates event after he was awarded the No. 23 jersey. (Elton Collins/The Daily Reflector)

No. 23 torch passed to Cannon

By Ronnie Woodward

The Daily Reflector

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Jay Cannon admitted Saturday that some of the baseball accomplishments and trophies he has received have naturally lost some of their luster over time, but he said getting to wear No. 23 for the East Carolina baseball team this season is something he will cherish for the rest of his life.

Cannon, a senior and former transfer from Brunswick Community College, was awarded the No. 23 at the Meet the Pirates event at the Murphy Center. The number is worn in honor of Keith LeClair, who coached the Pirates from 1998-2002 before stepping down and eventually succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s Disease at age 40 in 2006.


Although he never met LeClair, Cannon said he understands his importance to the ECU community and Pirate baseball program.

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