Burger to be honored at Hall banquet

Ken Burger

Brad Nettles

Former Post and Courier sports columnist Ken Burger will be honored at the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame’s annual banquet and induction ceremony Monday night at the Columbia Metro Convention Center.

Burger will receive the Herman Helms Media Excellence Award, one of three awards presented each year to people who have made significant contributions to sports in South Carolina. Also being honored are Myrtle Beach mayor John Rhodes and former South Carolina quarterback and baseball standout Jeff Grantz.

Rhodes will be honored with the Willie Jeffries Ambassador Award and Grantz will receive the Dom Fusci Leadership in Action Award.

The trio will be recognized along with the new inductees of the hall of fame, which include former baseball coach Ray Tanner and former baseball standout Hank Small from the University of South Carolina; Clemson’s retired director of athletics Bill McLellan, quarterback Homer Jordan and “Voice of the Tigers” Jim Phillips; Furman basketball star Clyde Mayes; The Citadel fullback Travis Jervey; and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High baseball coach David Horton.

Phillips and Small will be enshrined posthumously.

Tickets (table of eight for $500) and program sponsorships may be purchased by calling the SCAHOF office at (803) 779-0905. The event, which includes a reception and dinner, begins at 5:30 p.m.