Anson County Parks and Recreation director Jeff Waisner will be inducted into the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame in October.
The inductions of Waisner and fellow inductee Brad Childress will take place on Oct. 13 in the Education Center of Stanly Regional Medical Center.
Waisner was inducted into the Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, and has a long history with the sport of baseball.
He was a star baseball player at South Stanly High School during the 1970s and later went on to a baseball career with Wingate University. From 1973-77, he was a starter for the South Stanly Rebels, and made All-Conference all four years. During his final three years at South Stanly, he was the team’s captain. He also won the team MVP and sportsmanship awards his sophomore, junior and senior years with the team.
In the summer months, Waisner played Babe Ruth Baseball, winning the league batting championship 1976-1978, Athlete of the Year in 1976 and 1977, and had a 17-2 pitching record, as well as three no-hitters as a pitcher.
At Wingate, Waisner is widely regarded as the best third baseman in history, and was said to have struck out 20 batters in one game. From 1980-82, he was All-Conference, All-District, team captain, and led the team to the conference championship game.
In 1982, he signed with the Atlanta Braves. After retiring as a player, he was a coach of the South Stanly American Legion team, and coached the Babe Ruth Baseball league 1984-1990.
He was an associate scout for the New York Yankees from 1986-1992, and the Chicago White Sox from 1993 to present.
In addition to serving as the director of Anson County Parks and Recreation, Waisner serves as chairman of the Anson County State Employees Credit Union board, chairman of the Anson County Special Olympics and is a Sunday school teacher in his church.