Danny Sims - 2010

Danny Sims was a 1964 graduate of Savannah High School. Danny excelled at football, baseball and basketball. In football Danny was an All-City halfback and voted back of the year. Danny also excelled at both basketball and baseball where his on field accomplishments resulted in him winning the 1964 Ashley Dearing Award naming him the most versatile athlete in Savannah. Upon finishing high school, Danny signed a four year athletic scholarship to attend Armstrong State College playing both basketball and baseball. Danny’s basketball accomplishments were many. As a freshman in 1965, he led the Armstrong with a field goal percentage of 56% and averaged 12.7 points per game. As a sophomore in 1966, he led the team with 103 assists and he averaged 14.6 points per game. In 1966 he was also presented with the Ashley Dearing Award presented annually to the Armstrong basketball player with the best free throw percentage. Danny finished that season with a 82.9 free throw percentage making 117 out of 141 attempts. He also set the record for most consecutive free throws made in single game going 11 for 11. In 1967, Danny again led the team in assists with 96 and he made the All Conference Team in basketball. In 1968, Danny led the basketball team in scoring with 17.2 points per game and scored a record 465 points in the process and again leading the team in assists. That year he became the first player to be awarded the Ashley Dearing Award twice when he shot 89% from the free throw line a percentage that ranked 5 in the nation in the NAIA and he was named All Conference and received honorable mention All American honors. Danny’s baseball accomplishments were many. In 1967, his batting average was .294 and he led the team in stolen bases and was named to the All Conference Team. He had continued success the next year when he had a batting average of .322 and was named All Conference yet again. Due to his diminutive size he has been called one of the best small athletes to ever play organized ball in Savannah history. In 1995, Danny had the honor of being inducted into the first class of Armstrong’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

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