2020 HALL OF FAME
Pitcher - Limestone College
One of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history, Gaylord Perry left his mark on the Limestone College (now University) baseball team, the city of Gaffney, and Cherokee county. As the program’s founder and first head coach, he guided the Saints for four seasons and compiled an 81-57 (.587) mark with three 20-win seasons. A five-time All-Star and a two-time Cy Young Award winner during his 22 seasons in the big leagues, Perry retired with 314 career wins, 3,534 strikeouts, and a 3.11 earned run average. He pitched for eight major league teams and was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. Perry became the first player ever to win the Cy Young Award in each league, winning with the Cleveland Indians (1972) and with the San Diego Padres (1978).
In 1988, he started the baseball program at Limestone and promptly guided the Saints to a respectable 17-21 mark in that inaugural season. His teams posted winning records in each of the following three seasons while the 1990 team still holds the school record for the highest single-season winning percentage (.697). He mentored three All-NAIA District 6 selections, including Tracey Sanders who was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 1990 draft. As part of developing the Limestone program, Perry helped secure the funding for the baseball field. He also played a key role in the multi-million-dollar renovation for Limestone’s Winnie Davis Hall of History and protected the iconic building from deterioration.
Hilton Head, SC
Hilton Head native Dan Driessen played for five teams in his 15-year big-league career. He is best known as a member of the dominating Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine” of the 1970s. Driessen attended Michael C. Riley High (which did not have a baseball team) until his senior year. He then went to Hardeeville High which also did not have a team, but made a name for himself as a catcher with the town team, the Hardeeville Boll Weevils. Driessen was signed by the Reds as an amateur free agent in 1969, and made his major-league debut at age 21 on June 9, 1973. In 1976, Driessen became the National League’s first-ever designated hitter in a World Series. He hit .357 with five hits (including two doubles and a home
run) and two walks in 16 plate appearances as the Reds swept the series for their second consecutive World Series crown.
He was part of Cincinnati’s 1975 World Series-winning team in the Reds’ seven-game win over the Boston Red Sox. His most productive year was in 1977 when he hit .300 with 17 home runs and a career-high 91 runs batted in along with a career-high 31 stolen bases. Driessen led all National League first basemen in fielding three times and also led the NL in walks with 93 in 1980. Driessen also played for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals, where he played in his third World Series in 1987. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame on June 23, 2012.
Pitcher - University of South Carolina
After a standout career at the University of South Carolina where he pitched from 1974-77 and recorded a career mark of 15-3 including College World Series appearances in 1975 and ’77, Ed Lynch was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round of the 1977 Major League Baseball Draft. After three years in their farm system, the Rangers sent him to the New York Mets where he debuted on August 31, 1980. Lynch enjoyed a career year in 1985 when he went 10–8 with a 3.44 ERA in a career-high 191 innings pitched. The Mets traded him to the Chicago Cubs in 1986 and he remained with the Cubs through the 1987 season before retiring.
After his playing career, he attended the University of Miami School of Law in his hometown and graduated in 1991. Using his law degree and prior baseball experience, he served as the Director of Player Development for the San Diego Padres and later became the Assistant General Manager of the New York Mets. He eventually returned to the Windy City and became the General Manager of the Cubs from 1994-2000. As the GM of Chicago’s storied National League team, Lynch hired Don Baylor in 1999, becoming the first African-American manager in the Cubs’ history. Lynch arrived on the USC campus on a basketball scholarship and was signed by Coach Frank McGuire.
Running Back - Clemson University
A two-time first-team all-ACC running back, C.J. Spiller played at Clemson University and was recognized as a unanimous All-American in 2009 after being named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. For his career, Spiller rushed for 3,547 yards and 51 touchdowns (32 rushing, 11 receiving, 8 special teams). Drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, he also played for the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, and earned a spot on the 2012 Pro Bowl while playing for the Bills.
For his professional career, Spiller rushed for 3,451 yards and 12 touchdowns, and collected 1,484 yards receiving with 9 scores. He continues to hold the ACC record for career all-purpose running yards with 7,588, the fourth-highest total in NCAA history, which led to his jersey number 28 being retired in 2010. As a member of Clemson’s track team, he earned 2008 All-America accolades for the 60m indoors and in 2009, collected All-America honors for being part of the 4x100m relay team. He also was named All-ACC twice for his indoor and outdoor sprints. Spiller was enshrined the Clemson’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021.
Quarterback - University of South Carolina
Todd Ellis completed his career at the University of South Carolina as the all-time leading passer and winningest quarterback in Gamecock history. He rewrote the school’s passing records where he established more than 20 school passing marks while throwing for 9,953 yards. He ranks second in wins by a starting quarterback with 24 and is one of only two quarterbacks in school history to lead the team in passing yards in four-consecutive seasons. A three-time team MVP, he led USC to the 1987 Gator Bowl and 1988 Liberty Bowl.
The Greensboro, NC native quarterbacked the 1987 squad that finished No. 15 in the final national polls. He was selected by the National Football League’s Denver Broncos in the 1990 Draft and played for the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football. A graduate of the USC School of Law, Ellis, in 2022, worked his 31st season with USC’s radio network and 20th as the play-by-play voice of Gamecocks Football. He remains active in many aspects of his community and with the University of South Carolina.
South Carolina State University
Roberta Williams became the first female to receive a full athletic scholarship at S.C. State University in 1976 when she was signed to play basketball. When her career concluded in 1980, the Charleston native and Burke High graduate became the most prolific scorer in S.C. State basketball history. Williams scored more than 2,000 points for the Lady Bulldogs and was the team’s leading scorer three seasons. She remains the only SCSU basketball player whose jersey has been retired.
The Lady Bulldogs were 121-13 during the four years she played (30-5, 28-1, 33-2, and 30-5), and she led the Lady Bulldogs to the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) National Division II Championship in ‘79 and was named the tournament MVP. A year earlier, she powered State to the AIAW national championship game. Williams was a three-time All-Conference and All-State selection and also reaped All-Region honors. Twice named an AIAW All-American, Williams was a second-round draft pick of the San Francisco Pioneers, of the WBL’s (Women’s Basketball League, the first women’s pro basketball league). Following her playing career, Williams spent 20 years as a teacher in the Charleston Public Schools System and seven years as an assistant basketball coach at Burke High.
She is a member of the SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Hall of Fame, and was named to the MEAC’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Basketball Team. In 2018, she was recognized as a “Trailblazer of the Game” during the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Hall of Fame induction. September 11, 2018 was proclaimed “Roberta Williams Day” by the City of Charleston and The Avery Research Center of Charleston honored her with “Roberta Williams Day” in 2019.
Named All-State and a Shrine Bowl participant from Columbia’s Spring Valley High, Peter Boulware, who later starred as a defensive end at Florida State, earned consensus All-America honors. Playing for legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden, Boulware was one of six defensive ends selected to Sports Illustrated’s all-20 th Century College Football team. A converted linebacker, Boulware was selected as Football News’ National Defensive Player of the Year and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
He was the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and spent his entire eight-year pro career with the Baltimore Ravens. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team as the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1997 and was selected for four Pro Bowls (1998, ’99, ’02 and ’03). A member of the 1999 All-Pro Team, Boulware won a Super Bowl ring with the 2001 Ravens. For his pro career, he recorded 403 tackles, 70 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and one interception.
He is 2006 inductee of the Ravens’ Ring of Honor and has been enshrined in Florida State’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was appointed to the State of Florida’s Board of Education and, along with his wife Kensy, started the Community Leadership Academy in Tallahassee.