- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
When it comes to baseball and bowling, one of the more prominent figures area enthusiasts recall is the late Tigue Day Sr. Day was an accomplished athlete in both sports, and, for that, Day is being inducted posthumously into the Halifax County-South Boston Sports Hall Of Fame.
Day, along with Olympian Tisha Waller, former NBA basketball star Terry Davis and noted coach and administrator Bill Vanney, will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame Saturday during the annual induction banquet which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Halifax County Middle School.
Day began his athletic career as a catcher for the C.H. Friend High School Cyclones baseball team in 1950 and 1951. He also played football for the C.H. Friend High School football team.
After having concluded a successful high school baseball career, Day went on to play baseball in the Halifax County Baseball League for several years.
Day’s love for the sport of baseball led him to become involved as a coach in the local youth baseball leagues. In 1962, Day began coaching the Lions baseball team in the South Boston Dixie Youth Baseball League and coached in the league for 10 years.
Day then moved up to coach in the South Boston Babe Ruth Baseball League, where he coached for over 10 years. During that span, Day won four straight league championships as coach of the Westinghouse team.
He coached several of the league’s all-star teams. His 1976 Babe Ruth all-star team won the Virginia state championship and finished third in the regional playoffs.
Day, and another key figure in the local baseball scene, Addison Marable, teamed up for three years to coach a team in the Connie Mack baseball League, a league for players ages 18-21.
Rising to yet another level, Day owned and managed a semi-pro baseball team that competed in the Optimist Baseball League in Roxboro, N.C. The Optimist League was noted as one of the better semi-pro leagues in the region.
While Day was a noted figure in baseball, he also enjoyed bowling and excelled in that sport as well.
In 1960, Day entered a bowling tournament in Baltimore, Md. called the King Of The Hill Tournament. He won for 10 weeks in that tournament and earned enough money in the tournament to build his first home.
Day bowled for a number of years with the Coca Cola team in the South Boston Bowling Association and earned a number of honors along the way.
His accomplishments in bowling led to his being among the first class to be inducted into the South Boston Bowling Hall Of Fame.
While it was not widely known, Day was also noted to be a good pool player as well.