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Hall of Fame - 2007

Hall of Fame - Class of 2007


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Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones

First overall pick in the 1990 draft spent his first full professional season in the South Atlantic League in 1991. Blossomed into future Hall of Famer at Macon and was named an All-Star and the SAL's Most Outstanding Prospect. Tied for first in the SAL with 104 runs, ranked second with 11 triples, 98 RBIs and 154 hits and third with 245 total bases and .326 average. Guided Macon to second-half South Division title. Helped lead Atlanta to the World Series championship in 1995. National League Most Valuable in 1999. First active player ever elected to SAL Hall of Fame.

Al Oliver

Al Oliver

Hard-hitting outfielder/first baseman known as "Scoop" spent his first full professional season in the Western Carolinas League in 1965. Overcame a serious knee injury to emerge as one of "the Baby Bucs" while with the Gastonia Pirates. Paced the WCL with 159 hits and hit an impressive .309. Added 77 runs, 19 doubles, 5 triples, 10 home runs, 13 steals and 71 RBIs. Concluded 18-year major league career ranked 16th all-time with 529 doubles and 34th with 2,743 hits.

Jack Hiatt

Jack Hiatt

Steady defensive catcher/first baseman made his professional debut in the Western Carolinas League in 1961 with the Angels' organization. Played in the WCL All-Star Game in Statesville and helped guide the Owls to the playoffs. Batted .325 with 108 hits, 20 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs and 69 RBIs in 96 games with the Owls. Spent nine seasons in the major leagues (1964-1972). At the time of his SAL Hall of Fame induction, was in his 16th season as the Giants' director of player development.

Verner Ross

Verner Ross

Spearheaded the effort to keep professional baseball in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1965. Owned Greenville franchise in the Western Carolinas League through the 1972 season before moving the team to Orangeburg for two years. Teams consistently ranked among the leaders in WCL attendance and topped the circuit in 1969. Oversaw Greenville Red Sox's WCL championship in 1970. Displayed great love and passion for baseball, his family and the Greenville community.

Leo Hughes

Leo Hughes

Noted philanthropist, "Captain Leo" co-owned two professional baseball teams in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with R.E. Littlejohn for nearly two decades. Was co-owner of the Spartanburg Peaches of the Tri-State League from 1946-1955. Helped bring baseball back to Spartanburg in 1963 as a member of the Western Carolinas League and co-owned the franchise through the 1971 season. Received prestigious Larry McPhail Award and won back-to-back WCL championships in 1966 and 1967. Led WCL in attendance five times.

R.E. Littlejohn

R.E. Littlejohn

Well-known for his generosity, "Mr. R.E." co-owned two professional baseball teams in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with Leo Hughes for a combined 19 seasons. Co-owned Tri-State League's Spartanburg Peaches from 1946-1955. Helped bring baseball back to Spartanburg in 1963 in the Western Carolinas League and co-owned the Spartanburg Phillies through the 1971 season. Led one of the WCL's premier franchises to five attendance titles, the prestigious Larry McPhail Award, and back-to-back WCL championships in 1966 and 1967.


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