Field is dedicated in Buxton with much hoopla
large crowd turned out on Saturday, April 17, to dedicate the Dare
County Parks and Recreation Department’s ball field in Buxton to
a Hatteras islander who played baseball in the major leagues.
Dare County and Hatteras Island Babe Ruth Baseball hosted the
dedication, which coincided with the opening day ceremonies for the
Babe Ruth teams.
The ball field is now officially Burrus Field, named for Maruice Lennon
“Dick” Burrus, who was born in Hatteras village in 1898. He
and his parents, Captain Ethelbert Dozier Burrus and Achsah Williams
Burrus, lived in a home on the Slash behind Hatteras Methodist Church.
Burrus played professional baseball for six years between the years of
1919 and 1929 for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Braves.
After his time in baseball, Burrus returned to Hatteras Island, became
a successful businessman and served as a county commissioner from 1948
to 1950. Burrus died in 1972.
His descendants and family members are still active in the community
and attended the ceremony, which was led by Allen Burrus, vice-chairman
of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, and Hatteras Island Babe
Ruth Baseball organizers, including Rusty Wilkinson, Kathy Tawes, Jaki
Gray, and Johnny Conner.
A community cookout and pitch, hit, and run contest followed the
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