A.H.S. Hall of Fame

 

1997 Inductees

Jimmie Desiree' Gore and Ellis Vincent Jr.

 Jimmie Desiree' Gore

(AHS 1950-1954)
 

          Jimmie Desiree' Gore was born on December 13th, 1936 to Edwin J. Gore, Sr. and Rose Duhon Gore in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Jimmie has one brother, Edwin J. Gore, Jr. (also an outstanding athlete) who is one year older then Jimmie.

          Jimmie first attended Mt. Carmel Elementary and later transferred to Abbeville Elementary.  At five years of age he was showing his pitching form to the Memphis Chicks baseball team of the Southern Association in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.  His dad was a left handed pitcher for the team that year and the elder Gore was very proud of his young Jimmie's arm.

          By the time Jimmie hit Abbeville High School he had developed into a very versatile athlete.  He was a star on the Wildcats' basketball team and was notorious on the mound for the Wildcats' baseball team mowing down one batter after another.

          Gore, a forward,  was joined on the basketball court with a fine array of athletes, namely Floyd Prejean, Norman Chauvin, Bobby Osburn, Ed Gore, Farley Sarver, Raywood Choate and Murrell Stokes.  Gore was one of the leading scorers for the Wildcats.  Against Lafayette High he poured in 18 of the 'Cats 35 points in a winning effort.  The sharpshooter led all scorers as he nailed 32 points in an easy 66-32 victory over E. Broussard.  Willie Lutgring was the Wildcat's head basketball coach at that time.

          Those kinds of heroics landed Gore a berth on the Abbeville Meridional's Parish all-star basketball team.  He also garnered first team All-District honors and earned an honorable mention to the All-State Basketball team.

          When springtime came around, Gore was able to perform at his first love - baseball.  On the mound, Gore had no equal, as he possessed the entire pitching arsenal.  Jimmie Gore earned All-District recognition two successive years as an ace pitcher.  He also was recognized on the All-State Baseball Team.

          In addition to his pitching, Gore was lethal with the bat.  His junior year he hit .510 for the season (good enough for 3rd place).    Leading hitter was Floyd Prejean with .667 and Billy Hebert who hit .660.

          Newspaper headlines read "Gore Strikes Out 17", "Abbeville Ace (Gore) Wins No-Hitter", "Gore Pitches Shut-out Game".

          Some very talented athletes in baseball surrounded Jimmie also.  Fellow teammates were:  Charlet Roy, Allen Sheffield, Murrell Stokes, Carlin Nunez, Buddy Hebert, Lefty Gomez, Donald Lege, Sonny Hargrave, Dona Gerac, Ed Gore, Emmitt Bourgeois and Bobby Osburn.  Gore is quick to point out how important a role these good athletes played in the success he enjoyed.

          Coach Willie Lutgring also coached the Wildcats baseball team.  He was later replaced with John "Chic" Falgout, who also coached Jimmie his senior year.

         

Gore was also an excellent student and a leader on the AHS campus.  He represented AHS at Pelican Boys State.  He was voted freshman class favorite and served as secretary of the student body his senior year.

          After graduating from high school in 1954, Gore attended SLI (now USL) and continued to star on the mound for the Bulldogs.  He played two years of college baseball under head coach Raymond Dedier.  In addition, Jimmie was able to play basketball at SLI for one year under Coach Dutch Reinhart.

At 20 Years of age (after his sophomore year at SLI) he signed with the Kansas City Athletics and played at the AA level with that organization.  His professional aspirations had to be place on hold as he served in the US Army from 1959 to 1962.

While in the Army, Jimmie pitched in the 4th Army Championship which his Fort Hood team won.

After completing his military obligations, Gore then headed back to the A's organization and continued his pro ball dreams.  He was called up into the major league in both 1962 and 1963 for a very brief time, but the experience is one he remembers to this day. 

                    Jimmie married Dianne McJimsey (from New Iberia, La.) and the Gores are the proud parents of four children: Lesley Renee' (age 30), Alison Ann (age 28), David Christopher (age 32) and Michael Douglas (age 26).  The Gore family resides in Lafayette.

          Jimmie and Dianne are past owners of the International House of Pancakes in Lafayette.  He served as President of the Lafayette Little League and also coached in the youth program.

          Gore is a member of the Board of Directors for Krewe of Triton and was King Triton VII.  He is a member of the "S" Club at USL, a member of the Civitan Club, and is a member of the Lagcoe Oil Show Committee.

          Jimmie Gore is presently employed with A&B Bolt & Supply in Lafayette, La. as an account executive. 

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Ellis Vincent
(AHS 1954-1958)

          On January 6th, 1940 a son, Ellis Vincent, Jr., was born to Ellis and Anne Mae Vincent in Abbeville, Louisiana.  Ellis has one sister, Helen.

          Ellis was exposed to athletics at an early age.  A minor league pitcher by the name of Bill Black lived next door to the Vincent family.  Mr. Black took Ellis under his wing and arranged for young Ellis to be a batboy for the Abbeville Athletics at a young age of only seven.  Ellis has been hooked on baseball ever since.

          Ellis attended first through fourth grades at Mt. Carmel Elementary.  In his fifth year he transferred to Abbeville High School.  Ralph Sellers coached him for two ears with the Babe Ruth Cardinals in the City of Abbeville's  youth baseball programs.          He also played two years of American Legion baseball under the tutelage of Larry Jones.

          Ellis Vincent lettered and starred four years in both basketball and baseball while a student at Abbeville High School.  He was voted to the All-Parish basketball team as a junior.  The versatile guard was voted the MVP on the All-Parish team his senior year.  He was also named to the All-District and All-State basketball teams.

          Ellis fondly remembers his basketball coach and teammates.  Coaching the Wildcat basketball team was Tommy Broussard, who is also in the  AHS Hall of Fame.  Fellow teammates were: Floyd Noel, Wilton Touchet, Lynn Broussard, Larry Trahan, Newton Gerard, Donald Duhon, Knox Bergeron, and Donald Toups.

          On the baseball diamond Ellis was an outstanding pitcher and hitter.  His bat was too hot to be kept on the bench when he was not pitching.  Therefore whenever he wasn't mowing down batters he could be found manning third base with his quick glove and strong arm.  During Ellis' high school stint he pitched 5 no-hitters, the best being a perfect game striking out 20 of 21 hitters!  His achievements in baseball landed him a berth on the All-District team.

          Sam Scelfo was coaching the Wildcats baseball team during Ellis' high school career.  Fellow teammates were: Donnie Pere' Charlet Roy, Larry Baudoin, Mike Russo, Carroll Duhon, Larry Trahan, Ralph Landry, Larry Broussard, Jessie Hebert, Gerald Libersat, David Pierce, Mike Bazar, Henry Delino, Gary "Kit" Theall, Donald Borel, Donald Toups and Bradley Baudoin.

          In addition to his athletic accomplishments at AHS, Ellis played the trumpet in the Wildcat band for four years, and was a member of the FFA silver medal team in general livestock judging.

          After graduating from Abbeville High School in 1958, Ellis continued his athletic career by signing with SLI (now USL) to participate in both basketball and baseball.  Ellis played one year under Beryl Shipley before he decided to concentrate solely on baseball.

          Ellis continued to play 3rd base and pitch for the Bulldogs and enjoyed success there too.  After two years with SLI Ellis decided to join the U.S. Air Force and found an opportunity to extend his athletic career.

          Ellis spent 3 weeks at Lackland AFB in basic training then went to Keesler AFB in Mississippi for technical school.  There he played on the squadron basketball until his transfer to Cottonwood, Idaho.

          In Cottonwood his basketball and softball career took off.  His first season in basketball he averaged 45 points per game and during the regional playoff he had games of 58 and 54 points to lead his team to the divisional championship.  He was also a star on the softball team and was selected to play for the Geiger AFB team that played in the Air Force wide tournament.

          Ellis' tour of duty took him to such places as Gunter AFB in Alabama, Clark AFB in the Philippines, Sweetwater AF Station, Pope AFB in North Carolina, England AFB, Kadina AFB in Okinawa, Bergstron AFB in Texas, Edwards AFB in California and Brook AFB in San Antonio.  His tour also took him to temporary duty in Thialand and Vietnam.

          "Vince", as Ellis Vincent, Jr. became known during his military hitch, played on various softball and basketball teams throughout his military tenure until a knee injury sustained while stationed at Edwards AFB ended it all.  Being the athlete that he is, he decided to take up golf and has enjoyed that new found game ever since.

          "Vince" retired from the Air Force in July of 1989 achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  He and his wife, Anita Tenorio (originally from the Island of Guam), are the parents of three children - Jim (age 34), Julie (age 33) and Chuck (age 30).  Ellis and Anita have been enjoying retired life in San Antonio, Texas.

                                                                                                                                                                               

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