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Hall of Fame - 1998

Hall of Fame - Class of 1998


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Sheldon

Sheldon "Chief" Bender

Sheldon "Chief" Bender has had a distinguished career in baseball that has spanned nearly six decades. Bender played and managed for twelve years in the minor leagues. He managed the Columbus Cardinals in the SAL in 1952 and 1953. Bender oversaw the development of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" as head of Minor League Operations for the Reds from 1967-1989. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues named Bender "King of Baseball" in 1996. He currently serves as Senior Advisor/Major Leagues and Player Development for the Reds.

Dwight Lowry

Dwight Lowry

The late Dwight Lowry managed the Fayetteville Generals to the best record (86-55) in the South Atlantic League in 1995. The following year, Lowry led the Generals to a 2nd Half SAL Division Title and was named the Detroit Tigers Player Development Man of the Year. In 1997, the Detroit Tigers renamed the Player Development Man of the Year Award to the Dwight Lowry Award in his honor. Lowry was a catcher for the Tigers and the Minnesota Twins and was a member of the 1984 World Champion Tigers club.

Charles B. Morrow

Charles B. Morrow

Charles Morrow, the late Owner and President of the Columbus RedStixx, was a sports visionary who renovated Golden Park and took baseball to a new level in Columbus. Morrow was also responsible for bringing hockey to Columbus and creating the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

Michael C. Paterno

Michael C. Paterno

Michael Paterno, the late Managing Partner of the Charleston Alley Cats, loved the game of baseball and was the main person responsible for getting minor league baseball to remain in Charleston, WV. Paterno oversaw the growth of the Charleston ball club and the renovation of Watt Powell Park.

Mel Roberts

Mel Roberts

Mel Roberts spent 25-years as a player, manager, and coach in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Roberts managed the Spartanburg Phillies in the SAL from 1988-1991. He led Spartanburg to the SAL Championship in 1988. Roberts served as Philadelphia's First Base Coach from 1992-1995. Roberts greatest achievement, however, has been his commitment and work with young people to help them excel at both baseball and life.

Gene Sapakoff

Gene Sapakoff

Gene Sapakoff has been the South Atlantic League correspondent for the Charleston Post & Courier and Baseball America since 1987. Sapakoff was instrumental in promoting the idea of building Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

Martin J. Springstead

Martin J. Springstead

Martin Springstead was a South Atlantic League Umpire in 1963. Springstead worked as an American League Umpire from 1966-1986 and as an AL Crew Chief from 1974-1985. He worked three (3) All-Star Games, four (4) League Championship Series, and three (3) World Series. Springstead is currently the Executive Director of Umpiring for the American League, a position he has held since 1986.


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