The Charlotte Knights today announced its fifth inductee into the Charlotte Baseball Roundtable of Honor, former Charlotte O’s star Drungo Hazewood, and he will be posthumously inducted into the Roundtable of Honor on September 1st, when the Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides, the triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, with some of his former Charlotte O’s teammates, and members of the Crockett family in attendance, while his wife, Venus, will accept the award on behalf of his family.
Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round, 19th overall of the 1977 MLB Amateur Draft out of Sacramento High School, Hazewood would become a household name around Crockett Park during his four seasons with the Charlotte O’s from 1979 to 1982, appearing in a franchise record 505 games and during that time, he would hit 79 home runs, which ranked him fourth in team history(1976-87) behind Tom Dodd’s 82 home runs from 1985-87, and driving in 248 runs in a Charlotte uniform, which ranks second in Charlotte O’s history behind Dodd’s 279 RBI’s for the O’s from 1985-87.
In the 1980 season, Hazewood had a stellar year with Charlotte, hitting .261(130-for-499), with 80 runs scored, to go with 16 doubles, six triples, 28 home runs, 80 RBIs, and 29 stolen bases in 142 games with the O’s. His 28 homers ranked him second in the Southern League that season, and was ranked among the league leaders in games played(5th), RBIs(10th), stolen bases(10th), walks(10th), total bases(7th), and slugging percentage(9th) in the 1980 season, as he and the rest of the 1980 edition of the Charlotte O’s, which featured National Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr., captured the first of the franchise’s two Southern League titles in 1980.
As part of the night’s festivities, Ed Walton will be the second recipient of the King of Uptown Award. Walton was recently inducted in the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and during his career with Charlotte Country Day School and Carmel Academy, he won 540 games and captured nine state titles, and he is also the co-founder of Baseball for Life.
The Charlotte Baseball Hall of Fame was resurrected by the Knights last season, and was renamed the Charlotte Baseball Roundtable of Honor, and during the 2016 season, the team inducted three members into the inaugural 2016 class on two separate occasions, with the first coming on July 13, 2016 during the 2016 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game Luncheon, as the Knights inducted 1993 Charlotte Knights skipper Charlie Manuel, who was also a member of the 1968 Charlotte baseball Hornets and former Knight Jim Thome, and on September 4th, 2016, former Charlotte O’s general manager Frances Crockett was inducted, while Jim Schaffer, the first manager of the Charlotte O’s, was the first recipient of the King of Uptown Award. Earlier this season, Charlotte Knights owner Don Beaver became the fourth inductee into the Roundtable of Honor prior to the May 28th game.
Hall of Fame night will take place on September 1st at BB&T Ballpark, with gates opening up at 6:00 p.m., while first pitch will be slated for 7:05 p.m., and after the game, the Knights will light up the Charlotte skyline with another Friday Night Fireworks show presented by BB&T and News 1110/99.3 WBT. The Charlotte Knights return to BB&T Ballpark on Monday to open up the final homestand of the 2017 season against the Durham Bulls, the triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and tickets for all remaining home games are available at CharlotteKnights.com, the BB&T Ballpark ticket office, or by phone at 704-274-8282.