Landrum honors 1975 state champions

Published 5:08 pm Thursday, March 21, 2013

According to Cann, the impetus for honoring the 1975 team was the placing of signs on the new field’s outfield fence, honoring the school’s four state championship squads. State champion teams from 2002, 2005 and 2007 will be honored on March 28, before the Cardinals host Blue Ridge at 7:30 p.m.

“We’ll dedicate the signs by having the teams come by,” noted Cann.

Those four titles have certainly elevated the Cardinals’ program, and brought much joy to fans.

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“Landrum has come a long way since 1968,” recalled Coley. “It all started at Landrum Mills,” now a vacant field.

Rick Wolford, the 1975 team’s catcher, presented Coley with a large framed photograph of the uniform jerseys of the team’s four senior members: himself, Mike Rollins, Aaron Harrison and Jeff Raines, along with Coley’s.

Members of the 1975 team attending Friday’s honor ceremony were Chris Linder, Coley, Jerry Burrell, Wolford, Rick King, Randy McClure, Rollins and Kenny Pruitt.

Between innings during Friday’s game, Wolford entertained fans with remembrances of that memorable season. He noted the team’s home run production was perfectly balanced, with each of the starting players knocking one-round tripper. Wolford described how he finally socked his homer.

Another memory for Wolford that season was the announcement by a particular game’s pitcher that he was about to deliver his new pitch, a knuckleball. When the ball arrived at the plate, with virtually no movement, the batter blasted a long home run. According to Wolford, Coley asked the pitcher what delivery was exactly, was not impressed, and told him to put it back where he found it.