Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Before the April 17 baseball game against Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Berkeley paid tribute to the school’s 1960 and 1963 Class A Lower State Champion baseball teams.
With the Stags poised to win the school’s first region championship in at least 50 years, the honor according to Berkeley baseball fans was well timed and long overdue.
“It’s an honor to have these great players assembled on the field, the first honor afforded these great athletes of Berkeley High School’s past,” said Coach Landy Cox. “It’s just a privilege to be on the same field with these guys.”
The 1960 team was led by Berkeley Athletics Hall of Fame Coach Gerald Moody. The team finished with a 17-2 record, and winning the district championship.
The 1960 Stags won the Class A Lower State Championship against Manning and finished as Class A State Runner-up to Winnsboro.
Three years later Moody directed the Stags to an 18-3 record, again winning the district title and defeating Manning once again for the Class A Lower State Championship. This time the Stags finished as Class A Runner Up to state champ Chesterfield.
Members of the 1960 Stags in attendance were Bill Bates, Leslie Bennett, Roy Edens, Ted Fansher, Jackie Foxworth, Danny Knight, Tommy Liles, Hayne Moore, Pete Myers, Sammy Parker, Paul Swicord, Victor Tanner, Leland Thrash, David Watson, Francis Wilson, Buck Wofford and Rufus Wofford. Buck Wofford was represented by his son Lane Wofford, and Francis Wilson was represented by his son Alan Wilson.
Members of the 1963 Stags in attendance were Don Brown, Frankie Clark, James Fiddie, Paul Fiddie, Ted Fiddie, Winky Haselton, James Law, Pudgy Mason, Donnie Mims, Pete Myers, Harold Staley Sr. represented by his daughter Natalie Lockliear and current Stag Andrew Lockliear, Bill Wall, Victor Wall, Butch Watson and Buck Wofford, represented by his son Lane Wofford.
Myers, a member of both 1960 and 1963 Stags teams threw out the ceremonial first pitch. As a senior with the 1963 team, Myers finished with a 10-2 record and went on to play baseball for Clemson.
Since his playing days as a Tiger ended, Myers has remained active coaching and teaching baseball at all age levels and is currently the coach of the 9-10 year old Royals in the Moncks Corner Park and Recreation youth baseball league.