On March 2 George C. Price, known as “Junior,” will be inducted into the Southern Softball Association of America Hall of Fame.
Junior started his softball career in Angier when he was a young teenager. He played for several local teams and won Harnett County championships. Junior started playing tournaments all over the country and played for some great teams during his career in softball. He played in the SSAA World Series in the ’80’s and won it twice. Junior has traveled all over the United States playing softball and has won tournaments and received all tournaments awards in many states.
Junior was known for hitting home runs — not just in Angier, but all over the country. He definitely wasn’t picked for his defense or his speed on the bases. He used to say, “Boys, if you hit ’em far enough, you can just jog around the bases.”
Junior said he is honored to be inducted into the SSAA Hall of Fame.
“I left it all on the field while I was playing softball,” Junior said. “I loved the game and the players that I have played with over the years. I still get calls all the time about playing on travel teams, but my body won’t allow it anymore. I tell the teams, ‘If I can’t give 100 percent to the team, I won’t be happy.’ I had a knee replacement years back and still suffer from wrist pain from all the years of playing. The last time I played in a World Tournament I was in Detroit, Mich. I was standing behind home plate and I thought to myself, ‘This isn’t where I want to be.’ I knew then it was time to retire from the game that I had always loved. I had lost the fire I once had to compete.”
Looking back on his career, Junior learned many lessons about life from playing softball, and thinks that everyone could benefit from playing sports.
“One of the most awesome things about sports, particularly team sports, is that everything you need to do to be successful on the playing field carries over directly into life. In a team sport you have to learn how to work together, to set goals, and then work toward those goals in a productive way. You learn to be responsible and you learn how to not only depend on others, but also be independent so you can support others.”
Junior’s induction ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at 12878 C.S. Faircloth Road in Roseboro at the SSAA softball complex.