||Bulls Manager Honored At Hot Stove Banquet
Durham Bulls Manager Bill Evers got an extra-special birthday present in 2002. On January 29, 2002, Evers’ birthday, the Raleigh Hot Stove League honored him with its Board of Directors Special Achievement Award. The League recognized Evers for his 318 wins at the helm of the Bulls’ team, the all-time best record for any Bulls manager in the history of the ball club.
Durham Bulls all-time winningest manager, Bill Evers
Evers achieved his 318th win on September 2, 2001, just one game shy of the end of the 2001 season. Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays announced that Evers would skipper the Bulls for a fifth straight season. He has managed the Durham Bulls since their conversion to Triple-A.
Other honorees at the evening event included Will Wynne Award co-recipients Boston Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon and East Carolina University Head Baseball Coach Keith LeClair. The Willie Duek Lifetime Achievement Award went to manager of Virginia Tech Baseball Manager Chuck Hartman. Hartman formerly managed at High Point College. The Raleigh Hot Stove League also bestowed honors on ECU standout Sam Narron, Broughton High School star Matt Danford, and Cary resident Clay Council.
The 52nd annual Raleigh Hot Stove League banquet began at 6:30pm at the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State campus.