May 7, 2013

Grantz to be honored by SC Athletic Hall of Fame

Former South Carolina quarterback Jeff Grantz heads the list of special honorees this year by the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hall president Nicky McCarter announced Tuesday that Grantz will receive the second annual Dom Fusci Leadership in Action Award at the organization’s 53rd annual banquet and induction ceremony on May 13 at the Columbia Metro Convention Center.

John Rhodes of Myrtle Beach and Ken Burger of Charleston also will be honored. Rhodes will be honored with the Willie Jeffries Ambassador Award and Burger will be bestowed with the third annual Herman Helms Media Excellence Award.

Grantz, who in 1988 was enshrined in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and in the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, was the Gamecocks quarterback (1973-75) and a shortstop/second baseman (1973-76).

He was a second team AP All-American in '75 and amassed over 5,000 yards of total offense in his career. In baseball, he played on three NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1975 squad that advanced to the finals of the College World Series.

The new inductees in the Class of 2013 which include former baseball coach Ray Tanner and former baseball standout Hank Small from South Carolina; Clemson’s retired Director of Athletics Bill McLellan, quarterback Homer Jordan and "Voice of the Tigers" Jim Phillips; Furman basketball star Clyde Mayes; The Citadel fullback Travis Jervey; and legendary Bamberg-Ehrhardt High baseball coach David Horton.

Phillips and Small will be enshrined posthumously.

Tickets and program sponsorships may be purchased by calling the SCAHOF office at 803/779-0905.

Rhodes, a leader in sports tourism development along South Carolina’s Grand Strand, serves as executive director of the Beach Ball Classic.

A native of Allendale, Burger spent almost four decades writing for Columbia and Charleston newspapers. He was hired by the late Doug Nye as a sports writer for The Columbia Record.

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