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Gary Hamby Caldwell County Sports hall of Fame 2022 inductee
2022 Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame inductee Gary Hamby speaks to the assembled crowd at the annual ceremony held Monday, 11/14.
photo courtesy of WHKY News Reporter Rob Eastwood

Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Four New Members

The Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 was officially inducted in a ceremony Monday night. It marks the 33rd class of inductees since the service project was started by the Caldwell County Rotary Club in 1989. The purpose of the Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize and perpetuate the noteworthy sportsman traditions of Caldwell County by honoring and memorializing the individual who have made extraordinary contributions to sports traditions in Caldwell County.

The 2022 inductees are: Charles Weathers (posthumously), an outstanding baseball player for Lenoir High School in the 1940s who had over a 20-yearr baseball career playing for the armed forces, minor leagues, and semi-pro baseball. Charles Alan Rudisill, a multi-sport athlete for Gamewell High School in the early 1970s who pitched for Mitchell College in the Junior College World Series, Appalachian State University, and semi-pro baseball. Gary Hamby, a long time, highly successful baseball coach in the community, winning state championships at multiple levels including three American Legion state championships with the Caldwell County Post 29. Robert Winkler, a multi-sport athlete for West Caldwell High School, who also played on two American Legion state championship teams, pitched for N.C. State on a baseball scholarship, and has been involved with local Parks & Recreation departments for many years.

The four new inductees bring the total number of 134 individuals recognized during the 33 classes. Plaques for all previous inductees are displayed upstairs at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.