May 17, 1961 - On this day in history in the NCSHOF, Smoky Burgess of the Pittsburgh Pirates had another big day at the plate and figured in a Buc victory. Batting in the cleanup spot, he had two hits in three at bats and also walked once, including a double and three runs batted in as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Born in Caroleen, Burgess was batting .340 at the end of the day. He joined the NCSHOF in 1978.
May 16, 1997 - On this day in history in the NCSHOF, Horace “Bones” McKinney died in Raleigh at the age of 78. He was a collegiate player at both North Carolina and N.C. State and spent six years in the NBA before embarking on his successful career as a head coach at both the collegiate and professional basketball levels. He joined the NCSHOF in 1970.