Kenderick Moore was in Dallas one summer day between his junior and senior seasons playing baseball for his summer-league team.
It was on that day when coaches from the University of Arkansas got their first look at the Ardmore High School standout infielder.
“It was a 120-degree day,” he said. “When I say that, realistically, it was a 105-degree day.”
In actuality, Moore wasn’t the player that the Razorbacks coaching staff and several professional scouts in attendance were there to observe.
“They were there to see a pitcher who could throw really, really hard,” he said. “He was throwing 95-plus.”
But Moore’s performance on the field that day placed him on the radar by the Razorbacks coaching staff.
“Every ball that was hit to me, I was making the routine plays,” he said. “I had a heck of a day.”
Next month, Moore will be considered among the greatest student-athletes to ever suit up for Arkansas.
He is one of eight former Razorbacks as well as a former coach who will be inducted into the UA Sports Hall of Honor. Moore will be enshrined during the Hall of Honor weekend, set for Sept. 1-3. Greg Lasker, Lou Holtz, Oliver Miller, Roddie Haley, Christin Wurth-Thomas, Tammy Kincaid Dustin, Tom Pickell and Danny Rhodes are the other enshrinees.
“It is truly a good privilege and honor to be voted in by a lot of your peers and to be considered one of the premier athletes at the University of Arkansas is an honor,” he said.
An All-American second baseman in 1996, Moore played four seasons (1993-96) under former head coach Norm DeBriyn and was known for his all-around ability on the diamond.
Moore earned All-SEC honors during his All-American season, helping Arkansas to 39 wins and a place in the NCAA Central II Regional. He was named to the SEC all-tournament team as a first baseman in 1994 and as an outfielder in 1995, also receiving the Bill Dickey Award in 1995.
In his Razorback career, Moore currently sits third all-time in program history with 282 hits and is second in games played (242). His 205 singles are also first on the Arkansas career charts as well as his 95 stolen bases. He led the Razorback team with 80 hits during the 1995 season and a team-leading nine home runs in 1996.
Moore credited his parents Andre and Katherine Moore for keeping him focused on balancing school and baseball during his playing days as an Ardmore Tiger.
“They were very influential in my athletic career,” Kenderick said. “From the time I could run, they always supported me and went to my tournaments.”
Moore starred in baseball and football at Ardmore and was an All-State selection in baseball following his senior season. His two siblings, Derrick and Kendra, went on to play Division 1 basketball at Tulane University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively.
“Mentally, there was not a thought in my mind that I couldn’t play in the college level,” Kenderick said. “I thought, in my mind, that if I was the better than the next guy, I was going to go prove it. It didn’t matter if the other guy was 6-4, 7-1 or 5-1. Mentally, internally, I had to believe that.”