July 28, 2022

Buddy Lake never needed a relief pitcher

In the 1930s and 40s, Bernard David Lake - better known as Buddy - was the most talked about ballplayer in Sanford.

Buddy never made it to the Major League, but he was no minor talent. Click the button to hear how Buddy almost single-handedly won a baseball game against the Deland Redcaps 75 years ago.

Sanford residents have at least a small connection to Buddy Lake, even if they don't realize it. After his baseball career, he owned a gas station on the corner of northeast corner of 2nd Street and Palmetto Avenue. Most recently that building was the home of Inner Compass Brewing Co.