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Hall of Fame - 1996

Hall of Fame - Class of 1996


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Jim Bayens

Jim Bayens

Jim Bayens has had a long and successful career as a baseball executive and scout. Bayens operated three (3) clubs in the South Atlantic League. He was General Manager at Shelby (1981), Gastonia (1982), and Savannah (1987-90). Bayens became the Traveling Secretary for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971 and was promoted to Director of Scouting and Player Development in 1975. Bayens began scouting for the Cardinals again in 1995.

Bill Bethea

Bill Bethea

Bill Bethea had an outstanding season with Lexington in the WCL/SAL in 1960. Bethea's 1.35 ERA led the league in 1960 and remains a WCL/SAL record today. Bethea also holds the WCL/SAL record for most strikeouts in an extra inning game (25) and most strikeouts in two consecutive games (41). Bethea played in the minors for six years with the Toronto organization.

Ed Holtz

Ed Holtz

Ed Holtz, the late General Manager of the Macon Braves in the South Atlantic League, had a distinguished career as a baseball executive. Holtz served as General Manager for minor league clubs such as Appleton and Chattanooga.

Roy Majtyka

Roy Majtyka

Roy Majtyka, a former player, major league coach, and veteran minor league manager. Majtyka ranks in the top 20 of all-time for wins by a minor league manager. Majtyka managed the Piedmont Phillies in the South Atlantic League.

Patrick Putnam

Patrick Putnam

Patrick Putnam had one of the best seasons in WCL/SAL history in 1976 while playing for Asheville. Putnam was the WCL home run king (24), batting champion (.361), and RBI leader (142) in 1976. He still holds the WCL/SAL all-time record for most hits in a season (194), most RBIs in a season (142), and most intentional bases on balls in a season (15).

Hoyt Wilhelm

Hoyt Wilhelm

Hoyt Wilhelm, famous for his knuckleball, won 17 games and had a 2.66 ERA for Jacksonville of the SAL in 1949. Wilhelm spent eight years in the minors and three years in military service before breaking into the majors in 1952 at age 29. Wilhelm was 15-3 for the Giants as a rookie. He pitched in the majors for 21 seasons and retired in 1972 at the age of 49. Wilhelm appeared in 1,070 games as a pitcher (1st all-time) with a lifetime ERA of 2.52. Wilhelm was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

Pat Williams

Pat Williams

Pat Williams was General Manager of the Spartanburg Phillies in the WCL/SAL. Williams is considered a master of promotion and helped Spartanburg set a team attendance record of 173,010 in 1966. Under William's direction, Spartanburg won the Larry MacPhail Trophy for outstanding promotion in 1966. In 1967. Williams won The Sporting News Minor League Executive of the Year Award. Williams is also a veteran of the NBA, serving as General Manager for the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and Orlando Magic.


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