Walter "Tee Pot" Frye

Walter "Tee Pot" Frye

(1916-1991)

Frye

Known as “Tee Pot” or just “Tee,” Walter Frye spent more than 30 years as coach and athletics director at Oak Ridge Military Academy, winning a state baseball championship in 1974 and oversaw the transition of the school to a co-educational institution where he added two ladies to his baseball team. In his playing days, Frye was a shortstop known for his exceptional defense. He played 10 seasons in the minor leagues, including seven in the Carolina League, where he still holds the career records for games played at 953; at bats, 3,269 and hits, 487. Frye was called up by the Phillies late in 1942, but was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent three years as a staff sergeant, including time at the Overseas Replacement Depot in Greensboro. In 2000, Sports Illustrated named him as North Carolina’s 50th best athlete of the 20th century and the baseball field at Oak Ridge was named in his honor.

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