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KEVIN
DRURY

Kevin Drury was a star shortstop on Glynn Academy's 1973 AAA state championship baseball team, whom long-time Brunswick News sports editor Murray Poole says was one of the two best fielding shortstops he witnessed in his 40 years with the newspaper.

Drury batted .380 as a junior for Max Braun’s Red Terror state champions − the only Glynn baseball team to win a state title − and then came back in his senior season to bat a sizzling .472 with 30 RBIs before Glynn fell in the state playoffs in Macon. Drury was a three-year starter and letterman for the Terrors and helped them also win two Region 3-AAA championships and two Class AAA South Georgia championships.

Drury was then drafted in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs and played six seasons of professional baseball, climbing through the ranks of Class A and Double-A to make the Cubs' Class Triple-A team, the Wichita (Kan.) Aeros in 1979. Drury’s best season came in 1978 while playing for the Class Double-A Midland (Tex.) Cubs when he batted .319, had a .500 on-base percentage and was named to the league all-star team by the managers at season’s end. That season, Drury was called up to the Triple-A team where he hit for a .444 average before then being sent back down to Midland to help the team in their fight for a pennant. Of course, the next season, Drury would be promoted to Class Triple-A.

Prior to playing for Glynn, Drury was one of the best-ever youth baseball players to come through the Brunswick Recreation Department program. In fact, he may have the distinction of being the only local athlete to play on four state championship teams in baseball and one in football. He won baseball state championships as a 10-year-old, a 14-year-old, as a junior at Glynn in 1973 and that summer as a member of the Glynn County Recreation Department Senior League all-star team. As a quarterback, Drury guided the City Optimist 13-year-old All-Star football team to the state championship in Calhoun in 1970. Drury was featured in Sport Magazine in the October 1974 issue which had Reggie Jackson on the cover. A writer for the magazine came to Brunswick and interviewed him before a Senior League game at Edo Miller Park.

Drury also enjoyed an outstanding football career at Glynn Academy. Starting two years at split end in the Terrors’ run-oriented veer offense, he had a total of 40 career receptions for 613 yards (15.33 yards-per-catch) and nine touchdowns (one TD per 4.4 passes caught). In his junior season in 1972, Drury helped lead the Terrors of Coach Charles Pruett to the Region 3-AAA championship. After defeating the Waycross Bulldogs for the region title, Glynn fell to the Moultrie Packers and quarterback Ray Goff in the first round of the state playoffs in Moultrie. Pruett said at the time Drury had the best hands he had ever seen on a receiver. Drury earned Glynn MVP honors his senior season when he also played in the defensive backfield. As the starting punter for the Terrors his junior and senior seasons, Drury averaged over 36 yards per punt even though he was called on repeatedly to pooch punt on or about the opposing team's 40-yard line.