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ABQ Baseball Hall of Fame

The Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame honors players, managers, teams, executives and media members who have made a significant contribution to the development and success of the Nation's Pastime in the city of Albuquerque. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are determined by a special selection committee consisting of 14 local Albuquerque baseball experts. The selection committee is: Connie Alexander, Gig Brummel, Randy Harrison, Gary Herron, Fred Hultberg, JD Kailer, Steve Lagomarcino, Dennis Latta, Fred Mateucci, Terry McDermott, Patrick McKernan, Mike Roberts, Buddy Robertson and John Traub.


CLASS OF 2007

Tommy Lasorda - Inducted in 2007
Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1972)
Pacific Coast League
• Managed first Triple-A club to call Albuquerque home and led the 1972 Dukes to a 92-56 record and the Pacific Coast League
championship. The 1972 team included OF Von Joshua, 3B Ron Cey, OF Larry Hisle, 2B Davey Lopes, OF/1B Tom Paciorek, and pitchers Doug Rau, Geoff Zahn, and Charlie Hough. Went on to become the third base coach of the parent Los Angeles Dodgers from 1973-76 and manager of the Dodgers from 1976-1996. Won National League pennant in 1977 and 1978. Won World Series in 1981 and 1988. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. Led USA to a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.




CLASS OF 2008

Del Crandall - Inducted in 2008
Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1978-83)
Pacific Coast League
Manager, Albuquerque Dodgers (1969-70)
Texas League

• All-time winningest manager in Triple-A Dukes history, leading his clubs to a .600 winning percentage in 785 games at that level. Managed the Dukes to four Pacific Coast League championships (1978, 1980, 1981, and 1982). Was the skipper of the 1981 team that went 94-38, won the PCL title, and was named by Minor League Baseball as the 11th-best team in minor league history. Named The Sporting News Manager of the Year in 1981. Led the Double-A Albuquerque Dodgers in 1969 and 1970, and was named the Texas League Manager of the Year in 1970 when his club won the league championship with an 83-52 record.






Mike Marshall - Inducted in 2008
First Baseman/Outfielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1981-82)
Pacific Coast League

• Had one of the best seasons in Minor League Baseball history in 1981, winning the Triple Crown and leading the Dukes to the Pacific Coast League championship. Named 1981's Player of the Year by The Sporting News and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. Was also named to several post-season All-Star teams. Won the '81 Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player award after batting .373 with 34 home runs and 137 RBI. Batted .388 with 14 homers and 58 RBI in 66 games the following season before earning a promotion to Los Angeles.






1981 Albuquerque Dukes - Inducted in 2008
Pacific Coast League
• Manager Del Crandall's team was recognized by Minor League Baseball as being the 11th-best team in minor league history after compiling a 94-38 record and winning the Pacific Coast League championship. Dukes were led by Triple Crown winner Mike Marshall (.373, 34 HR, 137 RBI), second baseman Jack Perconte (.346 with 45 stolen bases), and outfielders Rudy Law (.335 with 56 stolen bases) and Candy Maldonado (.335, 21 HR, 104 RBI). Pitching staff was led by RHP Ted Power (18-3), RHP Brian Holton (16-6), LHP Ricky Wright (14-6), RHP Bill Swiacki (11-5), and RHP Alejandro Pena (22 saves).






JD Kailer - Inducted in 2008
Sports Editor, Albuquerque Journal
1950-59

• An ambassador and supporter of baseball in Albuquerque for five decades, J.D. Kailer served as Sports Editor of the Albuquerque Journal from 1950 to 1959 before working at KOAT-TV from 1959 to 1963 while also reporting sports for KDF radio from 1960 to 1969. From 1968 to 1978, he was an integral part of the Dukes of Albuquerque support group that was instrumental in the success of the Dukes.






Hershel Martin - Inducted in 2008
Outfielder/Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1948-51)
West Texas-New Mexico League

• The teams he managed never won fewer than 82 games and amassed a .603 winning percentage in 568 career games. Won league championships in 1949 and 1950. As an outfielder, he batted .425 with a league-leading 61 doubles in 1948.







Tom Bolack/ John McMullan - Inducted in 2008
• Farmington businessman Tom Bolack purchased the Dukes in 1956 and owned/operated the team until 1963. Moved Dukes from Class C West Texas-New Mexico League to Class B Texas League. John McMullan was a local Albuquerque businessman who worked hand-in-hand with Bolack to promote baseball in this community and helped forge the great relationship between Albuquerque and the Los Angeles Dodgers.






Pat McKernan-Inducted in 2008
President/General Manager
Albuquerque Dukes (1979-2000)

• Three-time Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year (1981, 1982, 1991) and two-time winner of Minor League Baseball's President's Trophy (1985, 1991). Named Minor League Baseball's "King of Baseball" in 2000 after running the Dukes for 21 years. Honored several times by the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame, culminating with his induction in 2000.






CLASS OF 2009

1972 Albuquerque Dukes- Inducted in 2009
Pacific Coast Leauge
• Manager Tommy Lasorda's team amassed a 92-56 record and won the Pacific Coast League championship, the first of eight for the franchise. The club featured, among others, future Major League stars Burt Hooton, Charlie Hough, Larry Hisle, Tom Paciorek, and Von Joshua and is considered by many to be one of the best Minor League squads in baseball history. The 1972 club was the first Triple-A team to call Albuquerque home.






Dennis Lewallyn - Inducted in 2009
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1975-80)
Pacific Coast League

• The Albuquerque Dukes' all-time leader in career wins (74), games (232), and saves (51). Was named the 1980 Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player with a 15-2 record, 2.13 ERA, one shutout, and 24 saves. Recorded at least 10 wins in five of his six seasons with the Dukes, including two seasons in which he won 13 games and two in which he won 15 games.






Tom Paciorek - Inducted in 2009
Outfielder/Infielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1972)
Pacific Coast League

• Named Minor League Baseball's 1972 Player of the Year by The Sporting News. Was also honored as the Pacific Coast League's Most Valuable Player in 1972 after batting .307 with 27 home runs with 107 RBI. He led the PCL in at bats (605), hits (186), total bases (310), and home runs. Also belted four home runs in the inaugural World Baseball Championship.






Jesse Priest - Inducted in 2009
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1951-52)
West Texas-New Mexico League

• Recorded a 38-13 record over two seasons with the Dukes, including a 19-4 record with a 3.15 ERA in 1951. Tied a league record in 1951 with 17 consecutive wins. Went 19-9 in 1952 with a 3.06 ERA.






CLASS OF 2010

Charlie Blaney - Inducted in 2010
General Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1972-74)
Pacific Coast League

General Manager, Albuquerque Dodgers (1969-71)
Texas League

• Affable General Manager was primarily responsible for bringing Triple-A baseball to Albuquerque, convincing the Dodgers to move their top affiliate from Spokane, WA to the Duke City. Once here, Blaney held a contest to decide the team's name, Dukes or Dodgers, which was easily won by the Dukes. Presided over one of the greatest teams in Minor League Baseball history, the 1972 squad that was managed by Tommy Lasorda and won the PCL Championship. Named Double-A Executive of the Year in 1969 and Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year in 1974.






Jack Perconte - Inducted in 2010
Infielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1979-81, 1987)
Pacific Coast League

• Popular infielder played 509 games for the Dukes over four total seasons. Tied for the franchise lead in runs scored with 363 and singles with 467. Batted .346 and stole 45 bases for 1981 PCL Champion Dukes, considered to be one of the best teams in Minor League Baseball history.






Mike Roberts - Inducted in 2010
Broadcastesr, Albuquerque Dukes (1982-99)
Albuquerque Isotopes (2003-05)
Pacific Coast League

• The "Voice Of The Dukes," and a local broadcasting legend, was a mainstay behind the microphone for the Dukes for 17 years. Was the voice of the team during one of the most successful periods in team history, calling seven different playoff clubs and four PCL Championships. Help usher in a new era of Albuquerque professional baseball by working in the booth during the Isotopes' first three seasons of existence.






Joe Simpson - Inducted in 2010
Outfielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1974-78)
Pacific Coast League

• Played parts of five seasons with the Dukes, batting .304 in 521 total games. Is the Dukes career leader in at-bats with 1,994, hits with 607, and triples with 35. Tied for the franchise lead in runs with 363, and singles with 467. Batted .309 and racked up a team-high 88 walks while helping lead the Dukes to a 1978 PCL Co-Championship.






CLASS OF 2011

Ted Power - Inducted in 2011
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1979-82)
Pacific Coast League

• Over four seasons in Albuquerque, recorded an incredible 41-19 record with a 4.29 ERA in 85 games, 83 of which were starts. Hurled 15 complete games in his four seasons with the Dukes. Was the anchor of the Dukes' stalwart 1981 pitching staff, going 18-3 with a 3.56 ERA and winning his last nine decisions en route to the Pacific Coast League's post-season All-Star team. His 18 victories in 1981 mark the Dukes' all-time single-season record for wins.






Brian Traxler - Inducted in 2011
First Baseman, Albuquerque Dukes (1989-93, 1995)
Pacific Coast League

• The perennial fan favorite played six seasons in a Dukes uniform and was selected by the fans as the Dukes' most popular player three times - in 1992, 1993, and 1995. He batted .302 lifetime for Albuquerque in a Dukes' record 544 games with 49 home runs and 282 RBI. He was the Dukes' all-time franchise leader in doubles (122) and total bases (829).






Jason Wood - Inducted in 2011
Infielder, Albuquerque Isotopes (2003-06, 2008)
Pacific Coast League

• A consummate professional on and off the field, he is the modern day Albuquerque professional baseball leader in games played (587), at bats (2,087), runs batted in (328) and total bases (894). He also ranks in the top five in the history of professional baseball in the Duke City in hits (588), runs scored (316), doubles (102), and home runs (60). He was selected as the Isotopes Most Valuable Player by his teammates three times (2003, 2005, 2006) and is the Isotopes all-time franchise leader in games played, hits, home runs, RBI, and at bats. A fixture at third base for most of his time in an Isotopes uniform, "Woody" was also a fan favorite due to his work ethic and ability to come through in clutch situations.