Charles “CB” Benson 1963
Baseball, Football 1960-63
Charles Benson was a prolific performer in football and baseball for the Benedict Tigers from 1960 to 1963. On the gridiron, "C.B." was an offensive threat each time he handled the football from the single-wing halfback position. He was a speedster with mercurial feet. During his junior year, he ran for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, becoming the first Benedict running back to eclipse the thousand yard mark in a single season. His biggest game was in 1962 against arch-rival Allen University, when he scored three TD's -- each on runs of over 50 yards.
As a member of the Benedict baseball team, Benson was a sensation at shortstop. He batted over 400 each season and was signed by the Chicago Cubs. He advanced through
the minor leagues and played with two Triple-A teams -- initially in the Cubs' organization at Tacoma, Washington, and later with the Minnesota Twins at Denver, Colorado.
Benson still lives in Columbia, his hometown, and is a recreation director with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.