Former Charlotte O’s Slugger Needs Your Help…

Drungo Larue Hazewood was a hard-hitting slugger for the Charlotte O’s from 1979-82. A former first round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in the 1977 draft (19th overall), Hazewood quickly moved through the organization. After appearing in 51 games with Rookie-level Bluefield in 1977, the Sacramento, CA native moved to Single-A Miami the following year. He appeared in 111 games that season and hit .242 with eight home runs. It wasn’t until he got to Charlotte that his bat broke-out in a big way.

The year was 1979 and Hazewood was one of the stars of a talented Charlotte team. It was managed by Jimmy Williams, who guided the club to 73 wins.

Later in the year, that team featured a young Cal Ripken Jr. before he was the “IronMan”. While Ripken began the season with Miami, he was promoted to Charlotte and appeared in 17 games for the O’s that season. A young Ripken showed the Charlotte fans his potential, while Hazewood showed them his ability to hit the long ball.

Appearing in 122 games that season for Charlotte — his first season above Single-A, Hazewood mashed 21 home runs and had 64 RBIs. His 21 long balls tied Dan Logan for the most on the team.

A year later, Hazewood increased his offensive numbers across the board. He hit .261 — 30 points higher than his .231 mark in 1979 and slugged 28 home runs — three more than teammate Ripken Jr.’s 25 that season. Hazewood also had a team-high 80 RBIs. He made his Major League debut on September 19, 1980 and appeared in six games for Baltimore that year, in what would be his only Major League season.

Over the next two seasons (1981-82), Hazewood combined to hit 30 home runs for the Charlotte O’s. He would spend one more season in professional baseball in 1983, but it time in Charlotte that made him a household name, as well as a fan-favorite.

Hazewood still holds the Charlotte baseball records for most games played (505),  at-bats (1688), runs scored (278), walks (307), and strikeouts (554). He ranks second in Charlotte baseball history with 79 home runs and ranks fifth in RBIs with 248.

But now, there’s more than just baseball records for Drungo and his family. His family needs your help.

2 and a 1/2 years ago, Drungo was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He lost his job and his healthcare. Most recently, he lost his son. On August 16, 2012, Drungo and wife Gretsy lost their cherished 18-year-old son Aubrey to cancer.

Artist Scott Christopher has put together a website for Drungo and his family in this time of need. Many great people have already contributed to the Hazewood family.

For more information on how you can help, please visit this special website set up to help the Hazewood family: Hazewood Fundraiser website.

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