April 4, 2000
CLEMSON, S.C. – Buddy Gore, a star football player at Clemson, Earl Bass, a two-time All-American pitcher at the University of South Carolina, legendary women’s basketball pioneer Pearl Moore, and long-hitting amateur golfer Allen Powers have been elected to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
The quartet of sports heroes will be inducted on May 25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia at the annual SCAHOF banquet and awards dinner. For tickets and information, call (803) 779-0905.
Gore led Clemson to the ACC Championship in 1966 and 1967. In 1967, the Conway, SC native set the ACC single-season rushing record and became the Tigers’ first 1,000-yard rusher with 1,045 yards in a 10-game season. Gore still holds the Clemson record for all-purpose rushing yardage per game at 109.1.
Bass compiled a 34-3 career record at USC. The Columbia native made first-team All-American in 1974 and 1975 while setting a national record, since eclipsed, of 23 consecutive victories. He pitched the Gamecocks to within one game of the NCAA Championship at the College World Series in 1975.
Moore scored more points (4,061) than anyone, male or female, in college basketball history. Since the points came during women’s basketball infancy stage when the sport came under the domain of the AIAW and NAIA, her records are not recognized by the NCAA. She led Francis Marion to the national NAIA Tournament in 1979 and scored 60 points and handed out 12 assists in one tournament game.
Powers, who drove 300 yards off the tee and once won a USGA long-drive contest at 353 before the dawning of high-tech golf clubs, finished fifth in the NCAA Tournament in 1968 while at USC. He then embarked on an outstanding amateur career and later served as the longtime director of the Carolinas Golf Association.
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