James (JB) Baynes

 

James (JB) Baynes

 

 


His full name is James Benton Baynes, but almost everyone knows him as JB. He played three sports at Grimsley but baseball was his true love. He was a member of the Whirlies' state 4-A championship team in 1980 and went on to play at Howard University, where he set the school record for home runs. He hit over .300 every season, was the MEAC Player of the Year in 1986 and was selected for the Howard Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. His career was cut short by a knee injury, but JB remained heavily involved in baseball. He has coached at area middle schools and high schools, with local travel teams, in the Parks and Recreation leagues, the Greensboro Colt League and the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League. JB is an ordained minister and is the North Carolina Commissioner of the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League.

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