GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Former Guilford College standout Larry Dempsey ’51 is among 14 individuals to be inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 19. The Hall's seventh class will be recognized Thursday at a Greensboro Grasshoppers’ baseball game at New Bridge Bank Park. Dempsey joins Rick Ferrell '28, Wes Ferrell '28, Bob Jamieson '32, Stuart Maynard ’43, Jerry Steele, Jack Jensen, Marion Kirby and Herb Appenzeller as hall of fame members with Guilford College ties.
The other 2011 Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame inductees are: wildlife conservationist Eddie Bridges, 2006 U.S. Olympic gold medalist speed skater Joey Cheek, veteran Atlantic Coast Conference football official and administrator Bradley Faircloth, former Guilford County high school coach and administrator Herb Goins, former High Point College and Virginia Tech baseball coach Chuck Hartman, longtime Greensboro Day School boys’ basketball coach Freddy Johnson, amateur golfer Tommy Langley, University of North Carolina at Greensboro basketball scoring leader Angie Polk-Jones, former U.S. National Men’s Soccer Team member Eddie Pope, professional football player Maurice Spencer, football standout Tripp Welborne, noted high school football coaches Claude Manzi and John Morris.
Dempsey joins Manzi and John Morris in the group’s Legends Class, which recognizes inductees posthumously. The Greensboro native starred on the football, basketball, baseball and golf teams at Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley) from 1943-47. He was a two-time all-state football honoree who took his talents just down the road to Guilford where he played all four sports again in 1947-48. After graduation, Dempsey played four minor-league baseball seasons and also developed into a terrific amateur golfer. Three times he recorded the Greater Greensboro Open’s low-amateur score and was champion many times over in regional individual and team tournaments.
Dempsey will be honored Sept. 19 at the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. For ticket information, contact the Greensboro Sports Commission at 336-378-4499 or www.greensborosports.org.