The athletics department learned Wednesday that South Carolina Baseball alumnus and longtime fan Bill Camp passed away on Sunday.
Camp, right, tossing out candy to fellow fans. Photo by Allen Sharpe.
Bill "Country" Camp lettered from 1948-51 for the South Carolina baseball team. To this generation and past, he was known as the "Candy Man." He tried to attend every home game and came to all contests with his pockets full of candy for all fans. He had a long career of coaching pony and colt league baseball in the Columbia area. One of our staff photographers, Allen Sharpe, indicated that he was the best baseball coach he ever had.
Camp, center, with other Gamecock pitchers
Camp was part of two of the best teams that Ted Petoskey coached including the 15-6 squad in 1949 and the 16-9-1 team in 1950. He was part of a veteran pitching staff in 1950 that featured football quarterback Harold, "Bo" Hagan, Frank Sherer and Grady Faircloth.
Camp was one of many members of that baseball team who were World War II G.I. Bill of Rights students.
From The State:
William E. Camp COLUMBIA - Memorial service for William E. Camp, 89, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at North Trenholm Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, SC 29206 or The Life Church, P.O. Box 4004, Florence, SC 29502. Woodridge Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mr. Camp passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 7, 2012. He was born April 1, 1923 in Athens, TN. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, serving in the South Pacific. He played baseball at USC. Mr. Camp was known to many as the "Candy Man". Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Jacqueline Camp; daughters, Cindy Camp and step-daughter, Theresa Powell (Perry); sons, Rick Camp and step-son, Cliff Hendrix; also several beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Camp was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Dorothy Camp and five brothers. Online condolences are available at: (www.woodridge-lexington.com)
*Special thanks to Assistant Media Relations Director Andrew Kitick, photographer Allen Sharpe, and the Dugout Club for their contributions to this post.