The 35th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - David Bell
The oldest of the Bell Brothers, David had the distinction of becoming the first-ever third-generation professional athlete in Cincinnati sports history joining grandfather, Gus Bell, and father, Buddy Bell. Following his father Buddy's footsteps at Moeller, David was a stellar two-sport athlete who, as a junior, helped lead the Crusaders in 1989 to the school's second Ohio Division I state baseball championship. He was an all-Greater Cincinnati League selection and a First Team All-City selection in both his junior and senior season. A three-year varsity starter for Moeller, David ranks in the Top Ten in five career categories. In basketball, David was an All-City selection as a senior and he ranks 8th all-time in Moeller history in career field goals with 70. In 1990, David, who had a scholarship to the University of Kentucky, signed with the Cleveland Indians after being drafted in the Seventh Round. He went on to enjoy a 12-year major league career that included winning the National League title in 2002 while with the San Francisco Giants. On June 28, 2004 while with the Philadelphia Phillies, David became baseball's first grandfather-grandson combination to hit for the cycle. He finished with a career batting average of .257 with 123 home runs, 589 RBI and 587 runs scored. Currently, David manages in the minor league system for Cincinnati Reds' organization. He and his wife, Kristi, reside in Scottsdale, AZ and have a three-year-old daughter, Brogan.