Former Fayetteville High School and North Carolina State University standout Chris Cammack is one of 15 members of the latest class chosen for induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in Raleigh.
Cammack helped lead Fayetteville High to a state basketball title in the late 1960s under veteran head coach Len Maness but is best remembered for his baseball exploits. He was a four-year All-ACC performer at third base for NC State and helped lead the team to the 1968 College World Series.
His batting average of .429 in 1969 is still the single-season record at NC State.
Fayetteville lawyer Wade Byrd was a classmate of Cammack’s at Fayetteville High and among his best friends.
He probably could have played college basketball but he chose baseball because it was his first love,’’ Byrd said. “He was one of the greatest athletes to come out of Fayetteville or North Carolina.’’
Byrd said if Cammack was still alive, he’d likely downplay and joke about his selection for the hall. “He was a great guy with an engaging smile,’’ Byrd said. “Everybody who knew him loved him.’’
Photo: Chris Cammack