RIGHT FIELD CORNER - OTIS GILBREATH FIELD - LINDALE, GA
During the 2021 Dragons Baseball season, 'Legends Corner' became the new designated title of the right field corner at Otis Gilbreath Field. It is here, the baseball greats of Pepperell High School will have their numbers visibly recognized to honor their contributions of the past, and to inspire Dragons of the future.
Bill BevelsClass of 1958
Wilburn Kenneth Bevels, known professionally as Bill Bevels, was a 1958 graduate of Pepperell High School. At catcher, he was an instrumental part of the baseball program, helping lead the Dragons to three consecutive region titles and two state championships. After high school, Mr. Bevels was offered and accepted a professional contract from the Dodgers. Across 4 years in their minor league system, he drove in 206 runs, with 41 doubles, 6 triples, and 25 home runs. He had a career professional batting average of .255. One of his greatest memories was getting to catch Sandy Koufax. After baseball, He returned home, to Lindale, with his wife Nancy, working in the Pepperell Mill and raising their son, Ken. This past December, Mr. Bill Bevels passed away at the age of 80. After extensive research and many interviews, we could not find anyone, or anything, to verify the number worn by Mr. Bevels during his time as a Dragon. It was said by one interviewee that Coach Gilbreath just gave out uniforms and you wore what you got. Without a known jersey number we thought it would be best, and appropriate, to honor Bill Bevels with the #1 as the first ever member of Legends Corner at Otis Gilbreath Field. (Recognized in honor of Mr. Bill Bevels was his son, Ken, and his nephew, Robert).