George "Buck" Hardee standing by the sign at the newly named Buck Hardee field at Legion Stadium.
George "Buck" Hardee (1927-2005) was born in Whiteville, NC. He played on a Whiteville American Legion baseball team that went to the National Finals in 1943. He played baseball at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and then at Campbell University after his service in World War II. He taught history and coached baseball at New Hanover High School (NHHS) for 35 years. In the 24 years he coached at NHHS his teams won 13 Conference Championships, and 2 teams went to the state finals. He also served as the NHHS Athletic Director. He coached American Legion Baseball as the coach of Post 10. During his time as coach he won 5 American Legion State championships, and the 1970 team went to the American Legion World Series. In 1984, the municipal field where New Hanover High School and the Wilmington Sharks play baseball was named "Buck" Hardee Field in his honor. A $2,000 dollar college scholarship is also awarded annually to a New Hanover County baseball player.
In 1970, he was named to the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1990, he was named to the Campbell College Hall of Fame for football, and in 1994, he became a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He is also in the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame.
1984 June 3
Coaches (Athletics); High schools; American Legion Baseball; Wilmington (N.C.). Parks and Recreation Department
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