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Hall of Fame - 2000

Hall of Fame - Class of 2000


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Pat O'Conner

Pat O'Conner

An integral part of Minor League Baseball for the past two decades. Pat began his baseball career in 1982 as General Manager of the Greenwood (SC) Pirates in the South Atlantic League. The Houston Astros made him their Director of Florida Operations in 1986, a title he held until 1993. He would join Minor League Baseball as Chief Operating Officer on May 1, 1993, was promoted to Vice President of Administration in December of 1995, and also resumed his role as COO in 1998. O'Conner worked diligently to help plan, develop, and execute Project '99 which helped the South Atlantic League to grow to its current club membership of 16.

Charles

Charles "Doc" Kanupp

Charles Kanupp referred to as "Doc" by his friends and family began officiating baseball and football while still in High School. He had a 20-year career umpiring in professional baseball and was a Senior Official in the Western Carolina League, the predecessor to the South Atlantic League in the late 1960's. He served as a mentor to the young umpires he worked with while helping to develop their skills, including two that went on to the Major Leagues.

Mike Szemplenski

Mike Szemplenski

Mike was assigned in 1963 by the Red Sox to play for Statesville (NC) in the Western Carolina League where he would strike out 313 men and had 19 games where he struck out 10 or more batters. The longevity of these records is incredible considering that Major League Hall of Fame Strikeout Kings such as Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton pitched in the Western Carolina League after Mike set the records in 1963.

Bob Terrell

Bob Terrell

Bob began writing for the Asheville (NC) Citizens-Times newspaper in 1949 and worked full-time for the paper for 37 years. He is now retired, but still continues to write for the paper on special assignments. Terrell spent 20 years as a Sports Editor and Baseball Writer. Bob covered the Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League, the Tri-State League, and the Southern League. It has been estimated that Bob wrote more than 18 million words in the newspaper. He has written more than 50 books in the past 30 years including a history of Asheville's McCormick Field.


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