MISENHEIMER, N.C. – On Sept. 11, Joe Ferebee, Pfeiffer University’s baseball coach from 1958-87 and known affectionately as the “winningest coach in North Carolina Baseball,” will sit down to share nearly a half-century of baseball knowledge in a one-on-one videotaped interview with Bob Rathbun, Atlanta Hawks broadcaster since 1996. The interview will take place from 10:30-1:00 p.m. at Joe Ferebee Baseball Complex on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus. (Visit www.gofalconsports.com for details.)
Coach Ferebee, who is 94, will share a lifetime of memories in this exclusive interview, ranging from his days coaching American Legion baseball to his time in Misenheimer. Over the course of his career, Ferebee amassed 677 career wins at Pfeiffer and an additional 694 victories with various American Legion teams, and he coached 42 Pfeiffer baseball players to professional contracts. Pfeiffer has named its baseball complex for Coach Ferebee and retired Ferebee’s jersey and number 23 last spring in a ceremony prior a Falcons contest against Mount Olive.
“To me, Joe Ferebee is Pfeiffer athletics,” said Athletic Director/VP for Athletics Bob Reasso ’73. “During my time as a student-athlete, I regarded him as a larger-than-life character. Forty years later, his name still resonates with everyone associated with baseball across North Carolina. We’re delighted that we will have the opportunity to capture and archive his vast treasure of baseball memories to hold forever at Pfeiffer.”
In total, Ferebee led the Falcons to ten conference championships, five NAIA District crowns and guided his squad to a number two ranking in the nation in 1968. He has been elected to eight halls of fame, including the being a member of the Inaugural Class of the Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. The Mocksville, N.C. native began his coaching career in 1947 at Salisbury High School after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1955, he coached Salisbury to the state 3A championship and also led the Salisbury-Rowan American Legion team to a third place finish in the national playoffs the same year. In addition to his coaching success, Ferebee spent 13 years as a professional baseball scout.
Bob Rathbun, a longtime friend of Coach Ferebee through an association with American Legion baseball in Salisbury, began his career in 1973 as sports director for WSTP Radio in Salisbury. Rathbun, who was the Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer from 1997-2006, partners with Dominique Wilkins for television broadcasts of Hawks basketball and calls play-by-play for Southeast Conference (SEC) football games on FSN South and Atlantic Coast Conference football games for Raycom Sports.