Tommy Cason was a standout baseball player at Glynn Academy before going on to play collegiate baseball and then professional ball in the Boston Red Sox organization.
The Brunswick native played for the Red Terrors throughout high school, batting .421 as a junior during the 1965 season.
He went on to star for two years at South Georgia College in Douglas, helping the team win back-to-back state junior college championships in the 1967 and 1968 seasons. Cason was named to the all-conference team both years and was named team MVP in the 1968 campaign.
Cason was drafted in 1968 by the Kansas City Royals, becoming the first person from Glynn County to be take in the Major League Draft which began in 1965. However, Cason chose to remain in school and would sign with Auburn University, becoming the first person from Glynn County to earn a full scholarship to play baseball. He played one season with the Tigers before transferring to Jacksonville State where he was named all-conference as a senior in the 1971 season. That year, he batted .371 while leading the NAIA with 48 RBIs and setting a still-standing Jacksonville State record with nine RBIs in a single game.
During college, Cason played three straight years in the Basin Summer League for top college prospects. He was named team MVP in 1969 while leading the Sturgis Titans in batting.
Cason was drafted by the Red Sox in the 15th round in the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent four seasons in the team’s minor league organization, playing in the same outfield with future stars Jim Rice and Fred Lynn before suffering a career-ending injury.
Following his baseball career, Cason returned home and became a PGA professional, working 13 years as director of golf for Sea Palms and 10 years as the head professional at St. Simons Island Club. He also served as a golf instructor at both Sea Island and Jekyll Island before retiring. He was part of the team that won the prestigious National American Cancer Society Tournament in 1984 and promoted area golf while running tournaments for more than 20 years.
One of his biggest contributions to local golf was helping with the Golden Isles Junior Tour which gave aspiring local and area youth players a place to play competitively on a regular basis.
Cason continues to reside locally with his wife Ann who is a retired local educator.