Brown tapped for Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 05:56 PM

High Point native Ted Brown, one of the greatest running backs in ACC history, highlights the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Brown, who starred at T.W. Andrews High School, rushed for an N.C. State- and ACC-record 4,602 yards from 1975-78. He scored 51 touchdowns during his Wolfpack career, which still stands as the top mark in ACC history. His No. 23 jersey was retired during pregame ceremonies prior to his final home game on Nov. 18, 1978 against Duke.
A consensus All-American as a senior, Brown remains the only player in ACC history to earn first-team all-conference honors four times. He still owns ACC career records for most 100-yard rushing games (27) and most rushing touchdowns (49).
The Minnesota Vikings selected Brown in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft. In eight seasons with the Vikings (1979-86), Brown scored 53 career touchdowns (40 rushing and 13 receiving), the fifth-best mark in franchise history. Brown also ranks third in Vikings history with 4,546 career rushing yards.
In May, the 56-year-old Brown was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
While at Andrews, Brown’s highlights included an 81-yard touchdown run against High Point Central en route to 181 yards and two TDs in a 35-12 win at Simeon Stadium on Oct. 25, 1974.
Other members of the Guilford County Hall of Fame class of 2013 include Rube Eldridge, Hunter Galloway, Ralph Hodgin, Wilt Browning, Gayle Curry, Woody Durham, Ken Free, Wade Garrett, Bill Harvey, Tom Martin, Jane Preyer and Jim Winstead.
The class will be inducted on Sept. 16 at a reception and banquet at the Greensboro Coliseum. Reserved tables are $750 and individual general admission tickets at $75. To purchase tickets, please contact the Greensboro Sports Commission (336) 378-4499.
Here is a capsule look at the rest of the Class of 2013:

WILT BROWNING
His career spanned more than 40 years as a writer, columnist, sports editor and publicity director for two teams in the NFL. Along the way he was the Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Constitution, publicity director for the Baltimore Colts and Atlanta Falcons, sports editor and then columnist for the News & Record for 20 years and sports editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times. He was selected for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

GAYLE CURRIE
Currie’s service to Guilford College was long and varied. She coached volleyball from 1974-93, women’s tennis from 1976-83, women’s basketball from 1976-81, and served as athletics director from 1992-96. She won several NAIA District 26 coach of the year honors and in 1981 was the NAIA national women’s tennis coach of the year when the Quakers shared the NAIA championship. She is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and was the first woman elected to the Guilford College Hall of Fame.

WOODY DURHAM
Before he became the voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Durham was the Sports Director at WFMY for 14 years. He moved to UNC in 1971 and broadcast its football and basketball games for 40 years. Durham was especially known for his basketball broadcasts, which included 13 Final Fours and four national championships. He is a member of the North Carolina Sports and North Carolina Broadcasters Halls of Fame.

RUBE ELDRIDGE (LEGENDS CLASS)
The career of this colorful character goes back further than any other member of this Hall of Fame. The left-hander began his career in 1909 with the Greensboro Champs of the Carolina Association and ran through 1927 with teams in several states across the South. He came back at age 44 in 1933 to go 4-0 with the Greensboro Patriots and won one more game with them in 1934. In 20 years, Eldridge won 285 games (he lost 218) and pitched 4,490 innings. He spent seven seasons with Greensboro and six with High Point. His finest year came in 1922 when he went 26-9 for High Point.
Jesse Morgan “Rube” Eldridge was personally scouted three times by the legendary Connie Mack. Eldridge, however, always remarked he didn’t want to play ball anywhere he couldn’t walk home.
One of the most colorful characters to ever play the game, Eldridge, in a post-career interview, said he acquired his control by throwing rocks through knotholes in his father’s barn. “Worst whopping I ever got was when my old man handed me three smooth rocks and I come back with only two squirrels,” his is known to have said.
A southpaw who threw primarily knuckleballs, he was a unique player of his era. “That knuckler o’ mine was a sight on Earth,” he once said. “It just went up near the plate, danced a jig and exploded. If you ever tried to hit a humming bird with a broom handle, you’d know what  I mean.”
Born in Elkin, Eldridge lived most of his life in the Glenola community, south of High Point. He died at age 80 in 1968.

KEN FREE
A Dudley High School graduate who later earned a degree from North Carolina State University, Free was a standout baseball player. He played in the Negro Leagues and professionally with the Hickory Rebels and Raleigh Capitals along with three seasons in the New York Mets system. In five years he had a .289 average. Free moved into athletics administration and in 1978 he became the first full-time commissioner of the MEAC, a post he held for 18 years. He served on the NCAA Executive Committee and became the first African-American appointed to the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee. He also served as Commissioner of the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

HUNTER GALLOWAY, JR. (LEGENDS CLASS)
When it comes to clay target shooting, few have been better than Hunter Galloway. He won more than 200 trap and skeet shooting championships. In skeet shooting he won state championships in all-gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge, 410 gauge and the all-around event. In trapshooting he won the doubles, handicap and all-around events. He was also a founding member of the Greensboro Sports Council. Galloway was inducted into the NC Trapshooters Hall of Fame in 1993.

WADE GARRETT
At now-defunct Nathaniel Greene High School in Guilford County, Garrett was a star basketball player who once scored 55 points in a game. He participated in the 1951 East-West All-Star game. He went on to play basketball at Elon from 1952-54. But he became best known as a fast-pitch softball pitcher, winning 358 games against just 83 losses from 1954-78.

BILL HARVEY
Harvey was a four-sport athlete at Ragsdale High School in the late 1940s who went on to an excellent amateur golf career. He won the Carolinas Amateur three times, the North Carolina Amateur once, the Carolinas Four-Ball three times, the Carolinas Senior once, and the Greensboro city championship four times. Altogether he won more than 300 amateur titles, including the prestigious Porter Cup in 1963. He was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1984.

RALPH HODGIN (LEGENDS CLASS)
A Greensboro native, Hodgin first appeared in the majors in 1939 with the Boston Bees, who acquired him from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. He returned to the minors until being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1943. An outfielder and third baseman, he spent five years with them, including seasons when he hit .314, .295 and .294. In 530 career games, Hodgin hit .285 and drove in 188 runs and was exceptionally difficult to strike out. He also played 16 seasons in the minors, including three years at Triple-A, with a lifetime average of .307.

TOM MARTIN
Martin’s sports career began at UNCG, where he played on the first men’s basketball and men’s tennis teams. Always a supporter of UNCG athletics, he also became a contributor to other community events. He was Chairman of the Greater Greensboro Open (now Wyndham Championship) in 1981 and tournament director for the 1997 and 1998 NCAA women’s soccer championships at UNCG. He is a member of the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame.

JANE PREYER
A Greensboro native, Preyer played tennis, basketball, lacrosse and field hockey in high school at Chatham Hall and tennis at UNC, where she was named All-American in 1976. Preyer played professionally from 1977-83, reaching a ranking of No. 43. She played in the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 1982. Turning to coaching, she led Duke to five ACC championships in seven seasons and was ACC Coach of the Year five times. She is a member of the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.

JIM WINSTEAD
Born in Roxboro, Winstead played college tennis at UNC. He won numerous city and state championships, including the North Carolina state title in 1960 and the over-50 state championship in 1981. He became the tennis pro at Greensboro Country Club in 1964 and served in that capacity until 1992.