The sounds of our national pastime resonate in rural South Carolina, thanks to one man’s lifelong love of the game.
On weekdays, you’ll find Duke Energy security officer Hugh Gorie helping keep watch over Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca, S.C. On weekends from April to September, you’ll find him on baseball diamonds across his native South Carolina, keeping baseball alive in towns such as Newberry, Lancaster and Lexington. Here, the men play for the love of the game and for the fans who cheer them on — when those fans aren’t tending to their grills for the postgame cookout.
Gorie has been an anchor of the Community All-Star Baseball League for nearly 40 years.
Growing up in Pomaria, 30 miles northwest of Columbia, he’d watch his three uncles play for the team from Newberry. One Sunday, the team came up a player short, so the uncles grabbed young Hugh. At age 13, wearing blue jeans, he drew two walks. At 15, he hit his first home run. Today, at 52, he heads the league’s board, coaches the Newberry Pirates and plays wherever he’s needed in the infield. With the league’s players ranging in age from 16 to 60, Gorie…