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Gene Ferguson
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2004 Individual Award Winner


When graduating from Centralia High School in 1966, Ferguson held the following baseball records:
CAREER - hits 99, home runs 15, RBI 103
SEASON - hits 36, batting average .511
GAME - home runs 2. 

He may still hold the RBI record as statistics since then are sketchy. All other marks have since been surpassed.  Ferguson played on four CHS baseball teams with records as follows: 1963 (22-6), 1964 (20-2), 1965 (11-6), 1966 (5-6). 

As a Freshman, he led the 1963 team in batting with a .424 mark and in 1965 he set the batting record of .511.

The 1966 schedule was limited by rainy weather and the season came to a close on a coin toss to determine the Regional winner. Salem won the toss. None the less, the Evansville Sunday Courier saw fit to name Ferguson to its first team All-Southern Illinois squad.

He went to SIUC on a baseball scholarship. After his Freshman year, he returned to play the 1968 season at Kaskaskia College. He went back to SIUC and played for Coach Itchy Jones for the 1969 and 1970 seasons. 

The Salukis made NCAA appearances both of these years and advanced to the College World Series in 1969. While not a starter on these teams, Ferguson was instrumental in his reserve role, collecting a varsity letter for the 1970 season.

The versatile Ferguson was also a member of the Centralia High School “Sweet Sixteen” basketball team of 1966 (19-12) and the basketball team of 1965 (23-6). He scored seven touchdowns and one extra point while playing for CHS South Seven Conference championship football teams of 1964 (7-3) and 1965 (7-1-1).



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