Griner, Hal - Baseball, 2001

Hall Griner was a multi-sport athlete playing baseball, softball, and basketball. Named to the All-Region basketball teams in 1949-50 while at Benedictine Military School, he was also an All-State American Legion second baseman in 1949. After graduating, Griner played baseball and basketball at Georgia Southern from 1951-52. He then played professional baseball in Deland, Florida with the Florida State League in 1953. Called into the Army in 1954, Griner played baseball at Fort Lee, Virginia with major leaguers Wes Covington, harry Chitti, and Dick Groat. After returning to Savannah, he played second base on the Barrett Oil Semi-Pro baseball team. They won three successive Southeastern Region titles from 1961-63. The team also played in the Semi-Pro World Series in 1962 at Battle Creek, Michigan. Hal was named All-World Series second baseman at this tournament. Although baseball was his number one sport, Hal Griner also played softball on some of Savannah’s best teams. He was inducted into the Savannah Softball Hall of Fame in 1991.

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