International League Hall of Fame
|International League Hall of Fame Members|
Chronological (By Class)
The International League Hall of Fame, dormant for more than four decades, was revived in 2008 as part of the League's 125th Anniversary Celebration. Following three years of "transition" classes, a maximum of three members have been inducted annually since 2011.
|Hall of Fame Classes (PDF)|
Class of 1947
Class of 1948-50
Class of 1951-53
Class of 1954-56
Class of 1957-59
Class of 1960-63
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
The International League Hall of Fame Plaque Display does not have a permanent home, but rather serves as a traveling testament to the League's most revered legends. The display will make occasional appearances in parks throughout the International League, including during enshrinement ceremonies.
Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
Hall of Fame Fact Sheet
Class of 2013 Announcement
2009 IL Hall of Fame Ceremonies - Photo Gallery
IL HALL OF FAME - REVIVING HISTORY
Electing Lloyd McGowan of the Montreal Star as the third president, the International League Baseball Writers' Association created its own Hall of Fame at its annual meeting in New York, February 1.
-- The Sporting News - February 12, 1947
> Video: Hall of Fame to be revived
Created by the International League Baseball Writers' Association, the International League Hall of Fame originated on June 12, 1947 when nine former players, managers and League officials were formally inducted into the Hall's first class. The induction included unveiling of the International League Hall of Fame plaque at the League's New York City offices located in the Ruppert Building at 535 Fifth Avenue.
From 1948 until 1960, a class of three individuals was inducted into the HOF every year. In 1961, '62 and '63, a class of one was inducted annually. For unknown reasons, no inductions were made between 1964 and 2006 and the roster of inductees remained at 51. Speculation is that with the demise of the League's Baseball Writers' Association, the Hall of Fame selection process went dormant.
With the passing of the only three-time International League Most Valuable Player (1953, '55, '58), two-time Triple Crown Winner (1955, '58) and IL Hall of Famer Glenn "Rocky" Nelson (class of '60) in October, 2006, no living Hall of Fame members remained.
In July, 2007, League Directors unanimously passed legislation during the League's All-Star Game meeting in Albuquerque, NM, which included the following:
Recognizing that in 1947 the International League Baseball Writers' Association began a Hall of Fame into which a total of 51 individuals were inducted over the course of 17 years concluding with the 1963 induction, the current Directors of the League have adopted policies, procedures and guidelines for the purpose of reviving this sacred institution as part of the League's 2008 Quasquicentennial Celebration, which will commemorate the League's 125th season of play (1884-2008).
A phased process to revive the IL Hall of Fame was adopted:
2007 - Special Induction in August with a class of two: former League presidents and general managers Harold M. Cooper and George H. Sisler, Jr.
2008 - Transition Induction with no more than 28 inductees selected by the Anniversary Committee and announced in January.
2009 - Transition Induction with no more than 14 inductees selected by the Anniversary Committee and announced in January.
2010 - Transition Induction with no more than 7 inductees selected by the Anniversary Committee and announced in January.
2011 - Start of Annual Induction with up to 3 inductees to be nominated by fans, media and executives and elected by eligible voters as defined within the International League Hall of Fame Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.
(View the complete International League Hall of Fame policies, procedures and guidelines here.)