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DeBruhl’s record no-hitter still stands ... 59 years later

Posted: August 3, 2016 1:39 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Fifty-nine years after his rare achievement of having pitched the only no-hitter in the 59-year history of the JUCO World Series, Camden native and resident Bill DeBruhl’s accomplishment remains the only no-no in the history of the tournament.

DeBruhl, who has coached young men in Kershaw County from ballplayers just learning the game to high school, American Legion and Dixie Majors, was the subject of a story in the official 2016 JUCO World Series program in Grand Junction, Col.

The story read as follows:

As we all enjoy tournament play for our 59th annual tournament, let’s take a walk down memory lane.

1959 was the first year the Junior College World Series appeared in Grand Junction. The tournament had eight teams representing seven states. Nobody traveled farther than the Wilmington Junior College Seahawks who made the trek from North Carolina on a bus. Just to remind you, air conditioning in motorized vehicles was relatively new in the ‘50s. Even with today’s faster speeds, that is still more than 32 hours of drive time. However, the several days on the bus didn’t seem to impact Billy DeBruhl. As a young man, Billy made his only appearance at JUCO one for the record books.

Athletes at all levels have always made the claim that records are meant to be broken. In Billy’s case, that will never happen. Billy’s performance in the 1959 World Series cemented his place in the JUCO record books. He will never be replaced. Someday, someone might join him but they will never replace him. Billy is the only pitcher in JUCO World Series history to pitch a no-hitter! When asked if he was aware that he still holds that distinction, you could almost hear the smile as he said, “Yes, people have told me about that.”

Billy went on to play two more years at South Carolina before stepping off the playing field. He stayed involved in baseball, coaching teams of all levels in his hometown of Camden. When asked what advice he would give to our current players, he paused for a moment and just said, “Play ball! That’s what they are there to do.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Congratulations Billy DeBruhl! Your performance remains an achievement that may never be equaled.


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