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Nacogdoches baseball legend starts family medicine practice

Eddy Furniss playing for LSU Eddy Furniss playing for LSU
Wilbur Furniss, Furniss Family Practice Wilbur Furniss, Furniss Family Practice
Furniss shares his love of the game with his son Furniss shares his love of the game with his son
Furniss family medicine started taking patients this week Furniss family medicine started taking patients this week

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – Eighty home runs in his college career helped secure a spot as one of the greatest baseball players at LSU in the 90's.

Eddy Furniss went on to play five seasons in the minor leagues.

Now the Nacogdoches native is hanging up his cleats for good, returning to his first love, medicine.

"My first choice of a career was being a doctor. Baseball was kind of something I just tried out and I happened to be good enough to do it."

Eddy was good. He helped lead LSU to its second straight national title.

"To be a part of that 96 national champion team, it was the first walk off home run to win a college world series in the history of the college world series," said Furniss.

He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame which helped propel him to five seasons with AA minor league teams.

"I've lived in ten different towns in 13 different states all throughout the minor leagues."

The superstar athlete was ready for his next challenge. With medical school and a residency under his belt, Furniss is home again.

"I'm now in one spot to stay and live out my days raising a family and just having a lot of fun being a dad and a doctor."

It's his first week at his new practice. It's truly a "family business."

"I actually brought my sisters-in-law who are pediatric nurses, my brother-in-law who was a captain in the army, he did two tours in Iraq and decided that he'd like to try his hand at health care and so he's my office manager."

It's definitely a family affair with his father's practice existing in the community for more than 30 years.

"It's joyous to have him back and of course more joyous to have the grandchildren back," said Eddy's father, Wilburn Furniss.

The father/son duo is happy to be working side by side and sharing their love of the game.

"Now that the grandson is here to revive my baseball joy, I will be much happier."

It's a family tradition they plan to pass-down.

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