The native of Aiken, SC combined with Billy O'Dell to lead Clemson to the 1954 ACC Championship, the first ACC championship in Clemson athletic history. He was inducted into Clemson's athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.
On January 28, 2000, the Clemson Athletic Department announced that former Clemson baseball star and current Board of Trustees member Doug Kingsmore gave the athletic department a $1 million gift towards the renovation of Clemson University's baseball stadium. It was also announced that the facility would be known as Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Home of the Clemson Baseball Tigers.
O'Dell was All-Star representative for the American League in 1958 and 1959, and in 1959 had the highest strikeout to walk ratio in all of MLB with 2.69. On May 19, 1959, O'Dell hit an inside-the-park home run for the Orioles in a 2–1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. In 1962, O'Dell won a career high 19 games for the NL Champion Giants.
O'Dell was the losing pitcher in Game 1 of the 1962 World Series against the New York Yankees. He gave up a 2 RBI double to Roger Maris, an RBI single to Tony Kubek, a solo home run to Clete Boyer, and finally an RBI single to Dale Long before being relieved by manager Alvin Dark for veteran pitcher Don Larsen, leaving him with 5 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work. He did manage to stirke out 8, including Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, who struck out twice.
O’Dell also got the save in the first ever win by the Atlanta Braves, on April 15th, 1966.
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