Muhammad Ali has a legacy like no other in the sports world, not even the legacy of Michael Jordan. His entire family — father Cassius Clay, siblings Lonnie, Larry and Reggie, adopted daughter Hana, brothers Howard and Roger, sisters Rebbie and Anne Claire, by her birth father Beau Archie Carter — has all played part in sports.
But where is another one of the Ali clan in all of this? Evan Jason Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s grandson, is a budding baseball player. (Muhammad Ali’s grandson won a 2A state baseball championship this season). The Loyola Blakefield freshman is walking onto the college team as a pitcher, according to Hartford Courant reports.
With top-notch genes and a rising tide of prospects in the state, Connecticut’s 1st National Select baseball tournament may be on par with the skills of the U.S. gold medal-winning softball team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Boys as good as Walsh are nearly exclusively found in the stands and not on the field, and many attribute some of the next generation’s penchant for baseball to his grandfather, the third-generation Ali, who for many was held up as the standard of the sport. Evan Jason Walsh has overcome a series of troubling circumstances, from a rape at age 8 to a biopic depiction in school halls about his late grandfather, to become the faces of Hartford baseball.
Walsh spent some time with the Washington Post’s Phil Davis to dish on the first half of his summer (but not the second half, because that’s right where Evan Jason Walsh’s dreams are going, after graduating high school, to Loyola. The story also contains that long discussion on Philadelphia Phillies fan, too).