Earlier this week, the WWE released former champion Shelton Benjamin. And I only bring up Benjamin, so I can segue to another athlete that grew up in the town of Orangeburg, South Carolina…former Major League outfielder Herm Winningham.
The current head baseball coach of the Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruins is answering this week’s “Friday 5”.
HOVG: Who was your biggest influence and why?
WINNINGHAM: My Mom and Dad because that’s my foundation of life.
HOVG: What is your most memorable travel experience?
WINNINGHAM: Going on vacation with my family to Washington DC.
HOVG: What is your favorite baseball term or saying?
WINNINGHAM: If you can’t throw it, you can’t catch it…you can’t hit it.
HOVG: What is your best experience or greatest accomplishment?
WINNINGHAM: Having my son Kevin.
HOVG: When did you know that you “made it”?
WINNINGHAM: When (former Minor League manager and current Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach) Bob Schaefer called me in his office and said “you are going to the show”.
Herm Winningham was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues with the New York Mets. In 1990, he was part of the Cincinnati Reds team that won the World Series in four games over the heavily favored Oakland A’s.