MARK DAVIS was born in San Antonio in 1957, when his parents were stationed at Randolph Air Force Base. Even though the family remained in Texas for only another year, Mark was raised with Texas values that he brought back with him when he came back to work for WBAP in 1994.

In between, he grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC as his father completed his Air Force career. Mark graduated from the University of Maryland in 1979 with a degree in Journalism. His first job in radio was in Charleston, West Virginia, covering state government and the coal mining industry. This was also his first opportunity to get involved in sports broadcasting, on the radio team for the West Virginia Rockets, a minor league football team. That job brought him to our area in 1980 for a game against the Texas Wranglers, the local semi- pro team that played its games in the Mesquite ISD stadium. Little did he know that he would soon return to Texas to live, spending a lot of time in a different high school stadium, our own Pennington Field.

Mark's path back to Texas took him through Jacksonville Florida, Memphis Tennessee and back to Washington before the call came from WBAP. They had just acquired the Rush Limbaugh show, and they were looking for a local host to handle the issues the DFW area wanted to discuss as well as the national topics that local listeners wanted to hear more about.

Mark's first address in the Metroplex was Bedford. This led him to attend games at Pennington Field, where he met Nelson Moore, Bill Bookout and all of the people who dedicate themselves to making the best experience possible for Bell games, Trinity games and playoff games in the postseason. As the years passed, Nelson and Bill asked if Mark would like to present trophies to the winning teams of the playoff games at Pennington. This put him at midfield to share in the celebrations with nearby powerhouses like Aledo and Celina, as well as single and double-A champions from places like Archer City, Windthorst and Goldthwaite.

Through all of those years, we have seen Mark every year at these HEB Sports Hall of Fame inductions, as he has helped us build the legacy of sports legends in the Hurst-Euless Bedford area. His 17 years at WBAP have taken him all over the country and to various parts of the world, but he has always said that one of the most important experiences since his return to Texas has been the relationship he has built with the people of this community. He may have moved from Bedford, but he will always consider Pennington Field and HEB his home away from home and the HEB sports community a part of his extended family.