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Jerry Martin
S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame


Jerry Martin

A Columbia native and four-sport star athlete at Olympia High School, Martin earned  athlete-of-the- year honors by the Columbia Record and made all-state in football and basketball. He went on the Spartanburg Junior College and Furman University and is in both schools’ halls of fame. Martin starred in baseball and basketball at Furman. As a Paladins’ senior in 1971, he scored 36 points in a Southern Conference Tournament game and earned MVP honors. He went on to play 11 seasons as a Major League Baseball outfielder, compiling a .251 career batting average and a .982 fielding average . His best years came with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978 (.271 BA, 9 HRs, 36 RBI), and with the Chicago Cubs in 1979 (.272, 19 HRs, 73 RBI) and 1980 (.227, 23 HRs, 73 RBI). In 2000, The State newspaper ranked Martin the eighth-best player to come out of South Carolina. Martin is in his 18th season as a coach in the Phillies minor league system.

South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame