North Carolina's winningest coach

North Carolina's winningest coach

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by RUSS OWENS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 8, 2014 at 6:53 PM

"That involved so many ball players, so many ballgames, so many people that I met in baseball. I hardly know where to start."

Ninety-five-year-old former Pfeiffer coach Joe Ferebee's best memories have been around the game of baseball. He's known as the winningest coach in North Carolina history.

"It seems like it was yesterday that these things happened," said Ferebee.

The stats speak for themselves. Ferebee led the Pfeiffer program for over 30 years from 1956 to 1987 and accounted for 677 career wins. Like you might think, he remembers them all like they happened yesterday, including his first ever game with the Falcons.

"We played Wake Forest over in Winston-Salem and we lost 2-1," said Ferebee. "It was a cold and windy day but we lost 2-1."

The Pfeiffer stadium now bears his name. 

Ferebee also spent 13 years as a pro scout and won 694 games with various legion teams around the state.

"Now it doesn't seem like it's been that long ago or that many games," said Ferebee. "Those years went by pretty fast."

It's the memories and players he coached that stand out. Ferebee coached an astonishing 42 of them to major league contracts.

"That's really all I have to think about now, those fine young men who came along and I had the opportunity to coach," said Ferebee.

Ferebee admits though, he had to be a little tough to get them to that level.

"I was firm, I think; of course I got that in the Navy."

The icing on the cake came a couple years ago when Pfeiffer retired his number 23, but leave it to the humble Ferebee to downplay the moment.

"I never dreamed anything like that would happen, but I guess someone has to get it."

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