The 35th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Ricky Bell
Though he only played two varsity seasons with the Crusaders, Ricky Bell was arguably the most accomplished of the three brothers. He achieved something neither of his previous brothers had when he was selected as both a 1st team all-state pick and a national High School All-American player. Ricky was the Crusader's leading hitter both varsity seasons and also led the team in doubles, triples and runs scored. He ranks #7 all-time in career batting average (.419) and is tied for 4th in home runs in Moeller history. He ranks #4 in single-season home runs (7) and #9 in hits (39). Ricky was a 1st team all-city selection and all-Greater Cincinnati League selection both his junior and senior season. He was named GCL Player of the Year in 1997. Ricky became the fourth member of the Bell family to compete on the varsity basketball team for three seasons. He ranks 11th all-time in career 3-Point goals (59) and was a 1st team all-city and all-GCL pick as a senior. A 3rd Round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997, Ricky passed on a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee. He played 10 seasons in the minor leagues with various organizations, compiling more the 1,000 games played and nearly 1,000 hits. Currently, Ricky works as a financial advisor for Ross, Sinclaire and Associates. He and his wife, Annette Gruber Bell, reside in Cincinnati and have a son, Jake (3), and a daughter, Bailey (6 months).