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Hall of Fame - 2008

Hall of Fame - Class of 2008


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Vince Coleman

Vince Coleman

In 1983, Vince Coleman led the South Atlantic League with a .350 batting average and 156 hits. He also tallied 145 stolen bases, which remains the SAL record today. He was selected to the SAL All-Star team, and was voted the league's most outstanding Major League Prospect. He went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1985 with the Cardinals, leading the NL in stolen bases from 1985-1990. He ranks fifth all-time in stolen bases (752), and holds Major League Baseball's longest streak of stolen bases without being thrown out (50). Coleman also played for the Mets, Royals, Mariners, Reds and Tigers before retiring in 1997.

David Gus

David Gus "Buddy" Bell

Playing for the Sumter Indians in the Western Carolinas League in 1970, Buddy Bell batted .265 with 117 hits, 19 doubles, 3 triples, 12 home runs, and was named to the WCL All-Star Team. He joined the Cleveland Indians in 1972 as an outfielder, and was named to the Rookie All-Star teams by Baseball Digest, The Sporting News, and Topps. He moved to third base, and won six straight Gold Gloves from 1979-1984 with the Texas Rangers. He also won the Silver Slugger award in 1984. Buddy was a five-time MLB All-Star selection (1973, '80, '81, '82, '84). He also played for Cincinnati and Houston during his 18-year MLB career.

Johnnie McKenzie Shives

Johnnie McKenzie Shives

Johnnie McKenzie Shives was a Minor League Umpire for 19 1/2 seasons in the North State, Piedmont, Western Carolina and Carolina leagues. Shives began working in semi-professional baseball in 1932 for area industrial leagues, and worked his first professional game in 1943. He umpired for 30 1/2 seasons. He earned the respect of managers, players and fans.

Matthew Winters

Matthew Winters

Matthew Winters played for the Greensboro Hornets from 1980-1982, and he was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star team all three seasons. In addition, he was named the league's MVP and the Yankees' Minor League Player of the Year in 1982. He went on to play in the Southern League and International League. He made his Major League debut with the Kansas City Royals in 1989. From 1990-1994, Winters played for the Nippon Ham Fighters, the club for which he is now an international scout.

Vaughan P.

Vaughan P. "Bing" Devine

Bing Devine worked as the business manager for the Columbus Cardinals in the South Atlantic League in 1946-47, where the club drew the two largest attendance totals in the city's history. He was promoted to work in St. Louis the following year, became the assistant general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955 and was promoted to GM in 1957. He is credited with building four World Series teams -- three with the Cardinals (1964, '67, '68) and the Amazin' Mets (1969) -- over his 18-year career as a GM. Devine was also the president of the NFL St. Louis Cardinals.


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