Buddy Haley is an Anson resident who enjoys the simple things in life, he just recently celebrated his 98th birthday, has never been ill, and until 2 years ago he was always on a baseball field.
“Fireball” Haley as they called him, was the best pitcher around, he was even the first black person to pitch for Baird’s team.
“You know, long years ago, people couldn’t even go through Baird, they couldn’t stop there, and I went and pitched for them, they treated me so nice,” said Haley smiling from ear to ear.
Haley played semipro baseball, pitched for teams all over the Big Country, and he didn’t stop playing until he was 68.
At 68 he picked up coaching.
H says he’s never been sick a day in his life, but he did fall down once two years ago, when walking up a ramp.
“I lost my leg, they couldn’t save it, otherwise I’m in no hurts, I mean no hurts,” said Haley showing his new prosthetic leg.
“No hurts” means, no stopping him from driving 1 of his many antique cars to or from his favorite restaurant.
There’s only one thing he loves more than his baseball and his cars, his wife, Vera.
They met at 13 and reunited 13 years ago, after both had married and both had spouses passed away
The Haley home team may be in their 90’s, but don’t be fooled, their spirits are no where near the final out.
To this day, Haley has been present at countless Hamlin Pied Pipers games and has thrown the first pitch at almost every season opener.