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Charles "Buddy" Lowe

Inducted 2013

Charles “Buddy” Lowe is often remembered as a strict disciplinarian, whose demanding style helped lead the Leesburg Yellow Jackets to the state baseball finals five times, including a state championship in 1977. However, he also was lauded as a teacher of lifelong lessons and somebody who impacted the entire community.

“He worked on discipline,” 1977 state champion Leesburg first baseman Jimmy Burry said. “You had to play by his rules. He pushed you, but I think it made us better people.”

Knowing since junior high that he wanted to be a coach, Lowe began his teaching career at Umatilla in 1952 and started coaching baseball there in 1956 before moving to Leesburg where he would spend the next 27 years.

When Lowe retired, he was Florida’s winningest high school baseball coach with a career record of 599-246, which ranked sixth in the nation. He was named the baseball Coach of the Year in 1979 by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association and was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 1987. His name now adorns the baseball field at Pat Thomas Stadium which hosts Leesburg’s home games in recognition of his lasting impact in the area.