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Hall of Fame - 2001

Hall of Fame - Class of 2001


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Walter Alston

Walter Alston

Played first base for Columbus, the 1939 South Atlantic League Championship team. Managed the Dodgers for 23 years, leading the Brooklyn franchise to its only World Championship in 1955, and to a pennant in 1956 before the team moved to the West Coast. In Los Angeles, his clubs captured World Titles in 1959, 1963 and 1965 and pennants in 1966 and 1974. The Dodgers finished in first in the division 19 times in those 23 years, winning 2,040 games.

Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda

Played for the Greenville Spinners of the South Atlantic League. Managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 seasons. During his tenure, the Dodgers won 1,599 games, captured 8 National League West Titles, 4 National League pennants and 2 World Series Championships. He managed in 61 post-season games and four All-Star Games. He led the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 2000, which he stated was the greatest moment of his life.

Wilt Browning

Wilt Browning

Covered the SAL Spinners for the Greenville (SC) News, covered the Charlotte club for the Charlotte Observer. Served as Sports Editor and Columnist for the Greensboro News & Record where he played a role in the SAL's return to old Memorial Stadium. Also served as Sports Editor and Columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times covering the Tourists. Covered the Atlanta Braves for the first six years the team was in Atlanta before serving as Executive Sports Editor of the Atlanta Constitution. Worked 7 years as the Public Relations Director of the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Colts. Five-time North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year.

Charlie Harville

Charlie Harville

Long-time radio and television personality who began his career covering sports in 1938 broadcasting the Thomasville Tommies. Charlie did the radio broadcast for the Greensboro Patriots in 1949-50-51-52 and covered High Point/Thomasville in the Western Carolinas League and its offspring, the South Atlantic League. Charlie covered the current Greensboro's franchise return to the SAL and was still heard on the airwaves doing the pre-game show for the Bats radio network in 2001. Also worked 15 years on the ACC football and basketball networks, and has covered NASCAR and other auto racing from its humble beginnings to the widespread popularity of today. The entire South Atlantic League was deeply saddened to learn that Harville passed away on March 1, 2002.

Murray Cook

Murray Cook

Played for Gastonia in 1963/1964 before becoming their General Manager in 1965/66. Farm and Scouting Director for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1975-1982. General Manager of the New York Yankees from 1983-1984. General Manager of the Montreal Expos from 1985-1987. Vice President and General Manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1988/89.

John Gordon

John Gordon

Began his broadcasting career in 1965 as the voice of the Spartanburg Phillies after graduating from the University of Indiana. After five years with Spartanburg, Gordon joined the Baltimore Orioles where he remained until 1973, when he accepted the broadcasting job at the University of Virginia to become the voice of Cavaliers football and basketball. Joined he Yankees' Class AAA affiliate Columbus Clippers from 1977-81 before becoming part of the New York Yankees broadcast crew from 1982-86. Joined the Minnesota Twins in 1987, as Radio Analyst and this season is his 15th year with the Twins. John and his family designate countless time and effort in support of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


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