League Enshrines Hall of Fame Class of 2005
|LEAGUE ENSHRINES HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2005|
|April 14, 2005 - Two League Presidents Headline List of Lucky Seven
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - The Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame, the League's highest honor, added seven more all-time greats today. This year's class, led by former presidents "Pants" Rowland and Bill Cutler, represent over 75 years of the League's storied history. Others named include outfielders Joe Brovia and John Frederick and pitchers Elmer Jacobs, Ray Prim, and Jack Salveson.
Known as "Pants", former Chicago White Sox manager Clarance Rowland led the Coast League during its heyday after World War II. Throughout the late Forties and early Fifties, Rowland repeatedly made attempts to have the PCL share Major League status, only to be rebuffed by American and National League officials.
Cutler was one of the most popular executives in PCL history, holding the position of president longer than anyone in League history. A 50-year veteran of the game of baseball, he presided over the PCL's bold expansion into Canada.
Brovia (pictured at right) racked up 1,391 hits and 828 RBI in his 12 PCL seasons, finishing with a career hitting mark of .304 with four teams. He was also known for his exceptional batting-eye, leading the League with 109 and 105 walks in 1952 and 1953.
A .323 career hitter in 11 PCL seasons on four clubs, Frederick helped lead the Portland Beavers to the first-ever Governor's Cup Playoff title in 1936 by batting .405 with six runs scored and 10 RBI in nine games.
Jacobs won 20 games or more in five of his nine seasons in the PCL, and led the circuit in strikeouts in 1928 with 159. The right-hander also twice led the League in ERA, with a 2.20 mark in 1926 and a 2.57 pace in 1928, while winning three Coast League titles.
A cornerstone of the Los Angeles Angels pitching staff for nine years, Prim won 150 games while posting a career ERA of 3.00 in over 2,000 games pitched. In 1947, the lefty helped Los Angeles win a League title at the age of 41.
In 1942, Jack Salveson led the PCL with 34 complete games, a feat indicative of the right-hander's durability throughout his 15-year Coast League career on six teams. In addition to his 204 career wins and 3.33 career ERA, in 1948 Salveson helped bring the Hollywood Stars their first championship in a decade.
The 2005 inductees to the Hall of Fame were selected by the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame Committee, a blue-ribbon panel composed of Minor League Baseball, Coast League, and National Baseball historians.
Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame 2005 Inductees:
Joe Brovia (Inducted as a player) 1941-42, 1946-55 San Francisco, Portland, Sacramento, Oakland
Bill Cutler (Inducted as an executive) 1979-97
John Frederick (Inducted as a player) 1923-27, 1935-40 Salt Lake City, Hollywood, Sacramento, Portland
Elmer Jacobs (Inducted as a player) 1921-23, 1925-26, 1928-31; Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ray Prim (Inducted as a player) 1936-42, 1944, 1947 Los Angeles
Clarance Rowland (Inducted as an executive) 1944-54
Jack Salveson (Inducted as a player) 1936-53 Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Sacramento, Hollywood, San Diego
About the PCL Hall of Fame: The Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame was created in 1936 by the Helms Athletic Foundation located in Los Angeles, California, which at the time also operated Halls of Fame for Major League Baseball, Golf, College Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, Auto Racing, Professional Football, Track and Field, and College Football. In 1952, the PCL Hall of Fame ceased operation, but was brought back in conjunction with 2003's Pacific Coast League Centennial Celebration. The Hall currently consists of 64 members and includes such luminaries as Joe DiMaggio, Ernie Lombardi, Lefty O'Doul, and Steve Bilko.