The United Way of White County Celebrity Golf Committee wants to say Thank You "Darrel Chaney" for your continued leadership with the United Way Celebrity Golf tournament. Darrel started this tournament over 15 years ago with a couple of players. To date, this tournament has become one of the most popular tournaments in North Georgia, raising over 60K each year for United Way of White County. Celebrities come from all over the country each year to participate. The committee has changed the name of this tournament in recognition of Darrel to "The Darrel Chaney Invitational".
"The Darrel Chaney Invitational"
Benefitting the United Way of White County
Darrel Chaney, born March 9, 1948, in Hammond, Indiana, is an American former player/announcer in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves from 1969 to 1979. In the early 1980s he worked for the Braves as an announcer along with Ernie Johnson, Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren. He was on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network as well as WTBS-TV.
Chaney was a graduate of Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana, where he was a three-sport athlete and an All-American football player and was named the Northwest Indiana Times Athlete of the Year in 1966. His wife Cindy is also from Hammond and is a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School. He had several football scholarship offers from Big Ten schools but signed with Ball State University because there he could play both football and baseball. However, he was selected by the Reds in the second round of the 1966 draft. Darrel broke through and led the Southern League with 23 home runs in 1968, earning him a spot on the Reds' roster in 1969. Chaney continued with the Reds in the 1970s. Darrel played in three World Series for the Reds' "Big Red Machine" teams, in 1970 and 1972 and on the World Series-winning team of 1975. Chaney said he was fortunate to be part of the "Big Red Machine," the team included Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Joe Morgan."We were the best team in that era and I was glad and fortunate to be a part of it," Chaney said. "Three World Series and one world championship. Not bad." Chaney was traded to Atlanta after the 1975 season and in 1976 batted .252 with one home run and 50 RBI as the Braves' regular shortstop. In 915 career games, Chaney hit for a .217 batting average, with 14 home runs, 190 runs batted in, 237 runs scored, 458 hits, 75 doubles, 17 triples and 19 stolen bases.
It is because of Darrel Chaney that we have the pleasure to enjoy this tournament every year and without him this event would not be possible. Your host Darrel works many hours to ensure this event is the best it can possibly be. Thank you Darrel.
Darrel has been a motivational and inspirational speaker since 1969 and is available to speak on a wide range of topics. From church groups to corporate meetings to national conventions and appearances,
Darrel will inspire and motivate your audience to recognize their own significance.
You can read more about Darrel and watch a short video presentation on his website. www.darrelchaney.com