Red Wings Hall of Fame: A-E
JOE ALTOBELLI - Inducted in 1989
Joe Altobelli's name is synonymous with baseball in Rochester. "Alto" spent 10 seasons as a Red Wings player and manager, and in 1996, retired after five years in the club's front office (three as G.M. and two as assistant to the president). He provided color commentary on Wings radio broadcasts from 1998 through 2008.
From 1963-66, Altobelli played first base and the outfield, slamming 47 home runs and knocking in 160 runs. He returned to manage the club in 1971, and in six seasons won 502 games, two Governors' Cups and the 1971 Junior World Series. Altobelli went on to become a two-time Manager of the Year in the Major Leagues with the Giants and Orioles, guiding the 1983 O's to the World Championship.
His uniform number 26 is the only player's number to be retired in Red Wings history (and one of just three retired numbers in club history).
DON BAYLOR - Inducted in 1990
Baylor exhibited the rare combination of power and speed in parts of three seasons in a Red Wings uniform. He appeared in 15 games for Rochester in 1968 before posting Hall of Fame numbers for the 1970 and 1971 Red Wings. In '70, he batted .327 with 22 home runs, 107 RBI and 26 stolen bases en route to Minor League Player of the Year honors. He followed up that performance with a .313 average, 20 home runs, 95 RBI and 25 steals for the 1971 Governors' Cup and Junior World Series champs.
Career Stats as a Red Wing:
291 games, .316 average, 67 doubles, 26 triples, 42 home runs, 206 RBI and 62 stolen bases
GEORGE BEAHON - Inducted in 1990
George Beahon was enshrined in the Red Wings Hall of Fame for his long-time contributions to the organization as a member of the Rochester media. In addition to his distinguished career as a sportswriter and columnist, Beahon reported on the Red Wings as an area sportscaster.
FREDDIE BEENE - Inducted in 1991
One of the stars to come out of the early stages of the Orioles era of Red Wings baseball, Beene posted the best winning percentage in team history. He compiled a 46-20 record (.697) in a six-year Rochester career from 1966-71, with his best season coming in 1969, when he went 15-7 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 games.
JOHN BERLY Inducted in 2009
This right-handed hurler pitched in parts of seven seasons with the Red Wings (1928-30, 1934-35, 1940-41), and was a major contributor to three pennant-winning clubs under manager Billy Southworth (1928-30). He also helped the 1940 Red Wings capture the pennant. He was used as a starter and reliever during his career and succeeded in both roles, evidenced by his 63 victories, which ranks third-highest in team history. Four times in his career he posted an ERA under 3.50, including 1930 when he led the International league with a 2.49 ERA. Berly was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 1955.
FRANK BERTAINA - Inducted in 2005
LHP Frank Bertaina posted a 44-20 record over the course of five seasons in Rochester (1963, 1965-66, 1969-70), and his winning percentage of .688 is the fourth-highest in team history. In 1965, Bertaina led the International League in strikeouts with 188, which ranks third on Rochesters all-time single-season strikeout list. His 501 career strikeouts are tied for the most ever by a Red Wings hurler. Frank enjoyed his finest season as a Red Wing in 1966, going 9-2 with a 2.33 ERA while leading the Wings to the division championship and pennant. Bertaina went on to pitch in the Major Leagues for Baltimore, Washington and St. Louis.
GREG BIAGINI - Inducted in 2007
Managed the Red Wings for three seasons (1989-1991), posting a 237-197 record. Enjoyed his finest season as a Wings’ skipper in 1990 when they led the International League wire-to-wire, going 89-56 en route to capturing the Red Wings’ ninth Governors’ Cup. Was named the International League’s Manager of the Year that season, and players Chris Hoiles, Leo Gomez and David Segui were named to the post-season All–Star team. The 1990 team posted the best winning percentage for a Red Wings team since Harry Walker’s 1953 team went 97-57. Was named to the Baltimore Orioles coaching staff in 1992.
STEVE BILKO - Inducted in 2004
This massive first basemen endeared himself to Rochester fans with his legendary tape measure home runs during parts of six seasons with the Red Wings (1948-52, 1963). He enjoyed his finest season in 1949 when he slugged 34 homers, drove in 125 runs, and hit .310 in aiding the Wings to a second place finish. When the Wings captured their third Governor's Cup in 1952 he chipped in with 12 homers and 55 RBI while hitting .322 in 82 games. His career numbers place him in the top ten all-time for the Red Wings in home runs (9th-77), RBI (10th-328), and games played (10th-516). He spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, and the Los Angeles Angels.
MIKE BODDICKER - Inducted in 1999
This right-handed pitcher spent parts of six seasons in Rochester from 1978-1983, posting a 40-31 record. He won 10 or more games three times, including 1980 when he went 12-9 with a 2.18 ERA. He was 131-111 in 13 Major League seasons with Baltimore, Boston, Kansas City and Milwaukee. One of the highlights of his career was a three-hit, complete-game gem in the Orioles 4-1 victory over Philadelphia in the 1983 World Series, which Baltimore won, four games to one, following a regular season during which Boddicker was 16-8.
BOBBY BONNER - Inducted in 2000
This fan favorite ranks with Marty Marion as the flashiest defensive shortstop in the history of the Red Wings. Known not only for his tremendous range but also his rapport with the fans during his six-year stint with the Red Wings (1979-1984). Named the International League's All-Star shortstop and Rookie of the Year in 1980 after handling more than 700 chances at shortstop.
AL BUMBRY - Inducted in 2008
This outstanding outfielder spent parts of two seasons in Rochester in 1972 and 1973, compiling impressive numbers. Nicknamed “Bumblebee” because he was regarded by players and media as one of the fastest men in the game at the time, he hit .345 to capture the 1972 International League batting title while leading the league with 15 triples.
He also hit 6 HR and had 47 RBI in 108 games en route to being named the International League Rookie of the Year, was a Silver Glove recipient, and a member of the International League post-season All-Star team. Enjoyed a 14-year Major League career with the Orioles and Padres that included a lifetime .281 average and 254 stolen bases.
TOM BURGESS - Inducted in 1992
One of the top run producers in Red Wings history, Burgess played six seasons in the Rochester outfield from 1953-58. He ranks second on the all-time Red Wings list with 93 home runs, and he's fourth with 383 RBI. Burgess, who batted .346 with 22 home runs and 93 RBI for Rochester's 1953 division champions, also ranks among the top 10 Red Wings in hits (658), runs (370) and games played (679).
ALLIE CLARK - Inducted in 1998
This outfielder played in the Major Leagues for portions of seven seasons before playing in Rochester from 1953-57. Was one of the International League's most feared sluggers during his time with the Red Wings, compiling 75 home runs and 340 RBI while hitting .306 in those five seasons. His career statistics rank high in many categories in Red Wings history, including 7th in RBI, 9th in HR's, 9th in games played, 10th in hits and 11th in batting average.
JAMES "RIP" COLLINS - Inducted in 1989
In 1930, Collins enjoyed arguably the greatest season in Red Wings history, batting .376 with a club-record 234 hits, 40 home runs and an International League-record 180 RBI. In his two seasons in Rochester, first baseman Collins hit a total of 78 round trippers and drove in 314 runs. He compiled a franchise-record .348 average as a Red Wing, and, on May 4, 1929, became the first player to hit a home run at the new Red Wing Stadium.
ESTEL CRABTREE - Inducted in 1989
In an eight-year career, Crabtree emerged as the all-time Red Wings leader in hits (1,041), RBI (542) and games played (934). Between 1933 and 1940, he topped the .300 mark five times on his way to a .308 lifetime average. He clubbed 91 career home runs, none more famous than a ninth-inning three-run shot to propel the Wings past Newark in the 1939 Governors' Cup Finals. Crabtree was also widely acknowledged for his defensive work in the outfield.
JOE CULLINANE - Inducted in 1995
The broadcast Voice of the Red Wings from 1962 to 1974, Joe Cullinane called the action for a Junior World Series championship ballclub, two Governors' Cup winners and a pair of division champs.
With his down-home charm, Cullinane described the exploits of some of the greatest personalities and greatest teams in Red Wings history. In 13 seasons behind the microphone, he broadcast more Red Wings games than anyone before or since.
ELLIOT CURWIN - Inducted in 1998
Served as President of the Red Wings during their transition from Silver Stadium to Frontier Field. Mr. Curwin also served as a member of the Greater Rochester Outdoor Sports Facility Board of Directors, which oversees the varied community usage of the stadium facility. During his tenure, the Red Wings established record attendance and revenue levels, and won the 1997 International League championship.
ELLIS "COT" DEAL - Inducted in 1994
A charismatic presence on the mound, at the plate and in the dugout, Ellis "Cot" Deal was a member of three Governors' Cup championship clubs and an International League pennant winner during his seven seasons with the Red Wings from 1952 to 1953 and 1955 to 1959. He ranks among the club's all-time most successful pitchers, posting three seasons with 14 or more wins en route to a career total of 61 victories. Starting, relieving, playing the outfield, and even catching when the need arose, Deal went on to manage the club from 1957-1959, as his playing days wound down.
TOM DECKER - Inducted in 1993
Tom Decker called the action as the radio Voice of the Red Wings for eight seasons from 1954-61. Decker was behind the microphone for a pair of Governors' Cup championship ballclubs in 1955 and 1956, describing the exploits of Red Wings greats like Bob Gibson, Luke Easter and Boog Powell. Broadcasting live when the team was at home and re-creating games from the Western Union ticker when the team was on the road, Decker served as the eyes and ears for a generation of Red Wings fans. He remained a high profile voice - and face - in this town as an on-air talent for WROC TV 8.
STEVE DEMETER - Inducted in 1990
Third baseman Steve Demeter hit 10 or more home runs in four of his five seasons with the Red Wings from 1964 to 1968, and twice led the club in batting. His best year was 1966, when he hit .313 with 18 homers and 82 RBI. In his Rochester career, he totaled 64 home runs and 367 RBI.
RUSS DERRY - Inducted in 1989
Rochester's all-time home run king, outfielder Russ Derry slammed 134 roundtrippers from 1947-52.
In 1949, he established a single-season club record with 49 homers despite the fact that IL pitchers pitched around him much of the year, allowing him to draw a Rochester record 134 walks.
In 1949 and 1950, he combined for 72 home runs and 224 RBI. In a 683-game Red Wings career, he drove in a total of 413 runs, third-best all-time.
BING DEVINE - Inducted in 1994
As the Red Wings' general manager from 1949 to 1954, Bing Devine helped steer the club to six playoff appearances, a pair of International League pennants, a Governors' Cup title, and its most successful season ever at the gate. In 1949, Devine's inaugural season at the helm, the team attracted a franchise record 443,536 fans to Red Wing Stadium. After a 1954 promotion to the front office of the parent St. Louis Cardinals, Devine was instrumental in coordinating the Red Wings' smooth transition to community ownership. By working closely with Morrie Silver and others, Devine helped to ensure the future of professional baseball in Rochester.
LUKE EASTER - Inducted in 1989
One of the most popular and colorful performers in Rochester history, Luke Easter played or coached for six seasons with the Red Wings, after starring in the Negro Leagues, in the American League with the Cleveland Indians, and the Buffalo Bisons.
MIKE EPSTEIN - Inducted in 2004
Although he played just one season in Rochester, it was a year that Red Wings fans will never forget. This powerful first baseman enjoyed one of the most prolific offensive seasons ever by a Red Wing in 1966 slamming 29 homers and driving in 102 runs while batting .309 in leading the Wings to the pennant. His on field prowess earned him the International League Most Valuable Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, as well as Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting News. Off the field he was one of the more popular Red Wings of his era. He spent parts of nine seasons in the major leagues with Baltimore, Washington, Oakland and California.
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