Abernathy, Woody

Primary Position: Relief pitcher
Birthplace: Forest City

First, Middle Names: Virgil Woodrow
Date of Birth:  Feb. 1, 1915    Date and Place of Death: Dec. 5, 1994, Louisville, Ky.
Burial: Resthaven Memorial Park, Louisville, K

High School: Undetermined
College: Did Not Attend

Bats: L             Throws: L        Height and Weight: 6-170
Debut Year: 1946       Final Year: 1947          Years Played: 2
Team and Years: N.Y. Giants, 1946-47

Career Summary
G         W        L          Sv        ERA     IP         SO       WAR
16        1          1          1          3.64     42.0     6          0.3

Woody Abernathy spent five years as a professional baseball player, including 16 games in the major leagues. He spent much of the rest of his life repairing looms at a textile mill in South Carolina.

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Burgess, Smoky

Primary Position: Catcher
Birthplace: Caroleen

First, Last Names: Forrest Harrill       Nicknames: Smoky

Date of Birth:  Feb. 6, 1927    Date and Place of Death: Sept. 15, 1991, Asheville, NC
Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, Forest City, NC

High School: Henrietta-Caroleen High School

Bats: L             Throws: R        Height and Weight: 5-8, 187
Debut Year: 1949       Final Year: 1967          Years Played: 18
Team(s) and Years: Chicago Cubs, 1949, 1951; Philadelphia Phillies, 1952-55; Cincinnati Redlegs, 1955-58; Pittsburgh Pirates, 1959-1964; Chicago White Sox, 1964-67

Career Summary
G            AB       H          R          RBI      HR       BA.      OBP.    SLG.     WAR
1691    4471   1318   485   673      126     .295     .362     .446     +33.4

Awards/Honors: All-Star, 1954-55, 1959-61, 1964; N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, 1978; Boys of Summer Top 100

A six-time All Star, Smoky Burgess is among North Carolina’s baseball royalty, ranking 14th on the list of the state’s Top 100 players. He played 18 years in the major leagues – only five North Carolinians have played longer – and is second to Rick Ferrell as the top catcher produced by the state. He was also considered one of the best hitters of his generation.

“Smoky could fall out of bed on New Year’s Day and get a hit off Sandy Koufax,” said Joe Nuxhall, a teammate on the Cincinnati Redlegs.[I]

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