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HOF - Keith Lee

SoVaNow.com / April 12, 2019


Keith Lee will join his father, Frank Lee, as a member of the Halifax County/South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night, bolstered by tremendous success on the baseball field.

Lee was a member of the Halifax County AAA state champion baseball team in 1984. Later, he went on to enjoy a productive career for Virginia baseball, earning all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors

Lee has moved on to an extremely successful in a professional business career.

The Hall Class gets its due Saturday night at the annual induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. at Halifax County Middle School.

Lee is grateful to a host of people who helped him earn this latest honor in his athletic career. He is particularly grateful to his parents, Frank and Mattie Lee, for their unconditional support over the years.

His father will present Keith Lee for induction to the Hall. He said last week, “My parents have been champions.”

VIRGINIA TIES: Lee emerged as an academic All-American and a member of the all-ACC baseball team as a senior.

He showcased tremendous versatility at Virginia, playing several positions, including catcher, first base and the outfield.

Lee played for Dennis Womack, and made all-conference honors as a designated hitter in his senior season.

Lee emerged as a prolific hitter, and improved his game once he arrived on the grounds at Virginia.

“I’ve always been able to hit,” said Lee.

“When I got to college, I learned a lot more about driving with more power and using more of my strength,” said Lee.

Lee became physically stronger and developed extra arm strength at Virginia, and made a real contribution to the baseball program.

By the time his junior year arrived, Lee was part of a power-strong club that stroked 67 homers, still a school record.

He served as co-captain his senior year and won the Pollard award for the baseball program.

Lee had impressive statistics in his junior and senior campaigns for Virginia baseball. In his junior campaign (1988), the Cavs went 32-19-1 and Lee batted .391.

In his senior year, Lee batted .309 and drove home 46 runs for the Cavaliers, who were 23-24-1.

Lee’s legendary work ethic had paid off.

“It’s work, dedication trying to improve yourself. You can’t rest on your laurels in terms of being satisfied, being average,” said Lee.

Lee also made important changes in his weight training, developing more skill specific to baseball as opposed to general weight training. He also developed a stronger, more specific skill set related to hitting the baseball.

Lee earned his undergraduate degree in May 1989 from Virginia, and the former Comet has advanced to an all-star caliber professional business career. Currently, Lee and his family reside in Alpharetta, Ga. He and wife Myra are parents to Dorian, 21, an engineering student at Georgia Tech, and daughter Kaia, 17, who is headed to the University of Georgia in Athens.



COMET MEMORIES: Lee became a major contributor to the 1984 HCHS state title baseball team.

That team had only two seniors. The talent level proved amazing, and Lee played in the outfield.

Lee credited the foundation of that success to Hall of Famer Scooter Dunn, who helped guide the younger baseball squad to considerable success on the middle school level.

Lee said the state title team members fed on the idea that the opposition did not respect the Comets.

But Frosty Owens and the Comet coaching staff got the job done in 1984.

“We had the foundation, we had a lot of grit, we had some ability. We were tired of being considered second-rate citizens,” said Lee.

Using that motivation, Halifax County and Lee took on the state and brought the championship flag back to Halifax.

Halifax went 21-1 in Lee’s senior season and advanced to the state title game, before losing in the last game of the season.

It was a near-miss in the title game, but the Comets still had a heck of a run in Lee’s prep career.





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