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Class of 2004: Barry Bonds | Andy Pettitte | Bernie Williams | Class of 2005: Bobby Bonilla | Art Silber | Class of 2006: Albert Pujols | Class of 2007: Jorge Posada | Class of 2008: Magglio Ordonez | Class of 2011: Brad Ausmus | Class of 2014: Rick Ankiel | Class of 2015: Mike Cameron


Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds


Elected 2004
Prince William Pirates, 1985
Major League Debut: May 30, 1986

 

Bonds played his first season of professional baseball with the Prince William Pirates after he was selected in the first round of the 1985 player draft. In 71 games, he batted .299 and showed fans a preview of his future with a .677 slugging percentage and a .282 on-base percentage. Bonds was named the Carolina League Player of the Month for July and was a Carolina League all-star before becoming one of the greatest home run hitters of all time. He set the single-season home run record in 2001 with 73. At the time of his election, he was won an unprecedented six National League MVP awards. He also won multiple Gold Gloves, led the NL in RBI (123) and homers (46) in 1993, had a seven-RBI game in 1993 and was named the player of the decade for the 1990s. Bonds is the son of long-time major leaguer Bobby Bonds.

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Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte


Elected 2004
Prince William Yankees, 1993
Major League Debut: April 29, 1995

 

Pettitte pitched 26 games for the Cannons with an 11-9 record, a 3.04 ERA, 129 strikeouts and just 47 walks. He threw a two-hit shutout against Kinston on July 29, 1993. A mainstay of the pitching staff for the late-1990s championship New York Yankee clubs, Pettitte was the MVP of the 1996 American League Championship Series with two wins in masterful performances. He led the AL with 21 wins in 1996, recorded multiple 10-plus strikeout games in his career, was the first pitcher since 1926 to win at least 12 games in each of his first nine seasons, and won the 2003 Warren Spahn Award, given annually to the top left-handed pitcher.

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Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams


Elected 2004
Prince William Yankees, 1988
Major League Debut: July 7, 1991

 

Williams played in 92 games for the franchise and was the 1988 Carolina League batting champion while hitting .335. He achieved a slugging percentage of .576 and an on-base percentage of .449 before his season ended early due to a broken wrist he suffered in a collision with an outfield wall. Williams was named a Carolina League all-star. A long-time center fielder for the New York Yankees, Williams won multiple Gold Glove awards, was among the career leaders for home runs by a switch-hitter and was the MVP of the 1996 American League Championship Series as he led the Yankees to the World Series with two home runs and three doubles among his nine hits in the five-game set. He had a 21-game hitting streak in 1993, an eight-RBI game in 1996, was one of the world's top 400-meter runners for 15-year-olds and is an accomplished musician and guitarist.

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Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla


Elected 2005
Alexandria Dukes, 1983
Prince William Pirates, 1985
Major League Debut: April 9, 1986

 

A switch hitter, Bonilla had 19 doubles and 11 homers in 1983 as he led the Dukes with 28 stolen bases. He was a six-time all-star with the Pirates and Mets during a 16-year career that spanned eight Major League clubs. He was a third baseman on the 1997 World Champion Florida Marlins, a three-time Silver Slugger award winner, he led all National League third basemen in games and assists in 1988, collected five hits in one game in 1990, led the NL in doubles with 44 in 1991, drove in six runs in one game in 1992, had a 20-game hitting streak in 1995 and hit 287 career home runs.

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Art Silber

Art Silber


Elected 2005
Chairman/Owner, 1990-Present

 

Born July 14, 1940, Silber grew up in the shadows of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. He was the starting shortstop for Martin Van Buren High School and Frankin & Marshall College before he was offered a Minor League contract in 1962 by the Kansas City Athletics. Silber coached Little League Baseball during the late 1970s and early 1980s and has served as the chairman/owner of the Potomac franchise since 1990. He has also served as the club's fist-base coach for more than a decade, earning the title of "oldest first-base coach in Minor League Baseball." Silber proudly wears No. 42 on his uniform in honor of his boyhood idol, Jackie Robinson.

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Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols


Elected 2006
Potomac Cannons, 2000
Major League Debut: April 2, 2001

 

Pujols played with Potomac during his rise to the majors. He was elected to a Major League all-star squad in five of his first six years in the majors, earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2001 and earned the National League MVP award in 2004. He hit his 200th Major League home run in September of 2005 to become the second-fastest to reach that mark behind Ralph Kiner. Pujols had at least 117 RBI in each of his first five Major League seasons, set a new record for home runs in April with 14 in 2006 and led the National League in hits and doubles in 2003 and in runs scored from 2003-2005.

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Jorge Posada

Jorge Posada


Elected 2007
Prince William Cannons, 1993
Major League Debut: September 4, 1995

 

Posada hit 17 home runs and 27 doubles with 61 RBI in 118 games in Woodbridge. He was the primary catcher for a pitching staff that included Andy Pettitte. Posada was selected to four consecutive Major League All-Star games from 2000-2003. He played in five World Series with the New York Yankees. Posada has had many four-hit and two-homer games, he knocked in seven runs on Sept. 9, 2003 and he caught David Wells' perfect game on May 17, 1998.

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Magglio Ordonez

Magglio Ordonez


Elected 2008
Prince William Cannons, 1995
Major League Debut: August 29, 1997

 

In 131 games with Prince William, Ordonez hit .238 with 24 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs, resulting in a .448 slugging percentage. He stole 11 bases, scored 61 runs and knocked in 65 more. Ordonez was elected to a Major League all-star squad in six of his first 10 seasons in the majors. He was awarded three silver slugger awards through 2007, hit in 20 consecutive games in 2005, collected at least five RBI in many games, and had four consecutive years with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI. He led the American League in batting average and doubles in 2007.

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Brad Ausmus

Brad Ausmus


Elected 2011
Prince William Cannons, 1990-1991
Major League Debut: July 28, 1993

 

Ausmus played for the Cannons during both the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He had a .263 batting average, with 57 RBIs. Ausmus had an 18-year major league playing career with the San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. During his playing days he was an All Star in 1999, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner (2001, '02, and '06), and won the 2007 Darryl Kile Award "for integrity and courage." A five-time league-leader at catcher in fielding percentage, he also led the league twice each in range factor and in percentage caught stealing, and once each in putouts and assists. He finished his career in 2010 ranked third in major league history with 12,839 putouts as a catcher.

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Rick Ankiel

Rick Ankiel


Elected 2014
Prince William Cannons, 1998
Major League Debut: August 23, 1999

 

In 1998 for the Cannons, Ankiel was the patriarch of the pitching staff going (9-6) with a stellar 2.79 earned run average. Ankiel struck out 181 batters and walked just 38 men in 126.0 innings as the ace of the Prince William staff. The eventual two-way standout originally signed with St. Louis out of the 2nd round of the 1997 MLB Draft, and would go on to finish second in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting in 2000 behind only Atlanta Braves SS Rafael Furcal. The slender slugger owned a lifetime 13-10 record on the mound and pitched to a 3.90 ERA in "The Show," and later in his Major League career, after adapting his game to become an outfielder, Ankiel logged a .240 batting average while collecting 76 homers, 251 runs batted in, and a .724 OPS. Ankiel played for St. Louis ('99 to '01, '04, '07 to '09), Kansas City ('10), Atlanta ('10), Washington ('11 to '12), Houston ('13), and New York-NL ('13).

Ankiel became the first player since the legendary George Herman "Babe" Ruth to win at least 10 games as a hurler and also belt 50 home runs in his Big League career. In addition, the southpaw swinger and pitcher also was the second player other than Ruth to start a postseason game as a pitcher and homer in a playoff contest as a position player.

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Mike Cameron

Mike Cameron


Elected 2015
Prince William Cannons, 1994
Major League Debut: August 27, 1995

 

Mike Cameron donned a Cannons uniform in 1994 for the then Chicago White Sox affiliate, hitting .248 in a team high 131 games after being drafted in the 18th round of the 1991 amateur draft. The righty slugger picked up 116 hits, including 15 doubles and a team-high 17 triples to go along with six home runs, 48 RBIs, 60 walks and 22 stolen bases during the '94 season for Prince William.

Cameron played 17 Major League Seasons, suiting up for eight different clubs and finished with a career batting average of .249 with 1,064 runs, 1,700 hits, 278 home runs and 968 RBIs. The La Grange, GA, native was a 2001 All-Star, hitting .267 with 25 home runs and 110 driven in while with Seattle and he was a three-time Rawlings Gold Glove award winner (2001, 2003 and 2006). The center fielder was also named AL Player of the Week twice (8/19/01 and 5/5/02) and on May 2nd, 2002 tied the mark for home runs in a game, slugging four round trippers and at the time becoming the 13th player in MLB history to achieve the feat.

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