Maurice L. Burrus, born in Hatters is 1898, first played baseball while attending Elizabeth City High School. He later moved on to Oak Ridge Preparatory, Furman University, and then North Carolina State, where he played baseball while working on textile engineering. In 1919, when Burrus left college he built up a reputation as a professional batter and was later brought up to the National League Club in Philadelphia. With improved fielding, Burrus was the Boston Brave's regular first baseman by 1925. Although he only played 10 years of professional baseball, Burrus was Dare County's first major league baseball player.