Red Wings Hall of Fame: F-J
ELMER E. FAIRCHILD - Inducted in 2010
President of the Rochester Red Wings from 1944 to 1954. Fairchild, a semi-pro outfielder, spent most of his life trying to pay back what he called his debt to the city which, as he said, “has been so good to me.” In his 10 years as President of the Red Wings Fairchild’s “salary” was a “free” box seat. Fairchild was also a successful businessman and prominent civic leader; click here for a pdf reprint of a Red Wings yearbook piece on Elmer Fairchild.
JACK FASZHOLZ - Inducted in 1990
The winningest pitcher in Red Wings history, Jack Faszholz pitched on three Governors' Cup championship teams during his seven-year stay in Rochester from 1950-56. He posted 80 career victories, and was 18-9 with a 3.21 ERA in his best season, 1954.
STEVE FINLEY-Inducted in 2009
One of the most valuable players on the 1988 Governors' Cup Championship team managed by Johnny Oates, this slick-fielding outfielder was also a force at the plate. His .314 average was best in the International League that season and he added five home runs and 54 RBI that season. He also stole 20 bases in 1988. After his championship season in Rochester, he embarked on a 19-year Major League career with the Orioles, Astros, Padres, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Angels, Giants and Rockies, establishing himself as one of the most respected and consistent players of his time, winning five Gold Gloves (1995-96, 1999-2000, 2004) and appearing in two All-Star games (1997 and 2000). He is one of six players in Major League history to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases, the others being Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, Barry Bonds and Reggie Sanders.
MIKE FLANAGAN- Inducted in 2002
Before embarking on an illustrious Major League career in which he posted 141 victories for the Orioles, he spent parts of two seasons hurling for the Red Wings. In his rookie season of 1975, he led the International League in winning percentage (.765), going 13-4 with a 2.50 ERA while leading the Wings to the playoffs. In 1976, this left-hander was a key member of one of the greatest pitching staffs in Wings history, as he posted a 6-1 record with a 2.12 ERA before earning a promotion to Baltimore. His 2.39 ERA with the Wings is the second-best all-time for pitchers with at least 150 innings. He was named to the Red Wings All-Century team in 2000.
PAUL FLORENCE- Inducted in 2005
Catcher Paul Florence was the greatest catcher during the St. Louis Cardinals era. Florence played parts of seven seasons for the Red Wings (1929-1935). His 648 games played ranks seventh in team history. Paul batted .298 with seven home runs and 54 RBI for Billy Southworths Wonder Boys in 1930, helping the Red Wings win the Junior World Series Championship. Florence also batted .272 with 10 home runs and 67 RBI in 1931 as the Red Wings captured their second consecutive Junior World Series title. His only Major League experience came in 1926 when he played 76 games for the New York Giants.
MARV FOLEY- Inducted in 2011
Marv Foley was the Red Wings manager for five seasons (1995-1998 and 2000) compiling a 363-349 record. The 363 wins as Red Wings manager rank 2nd most behind only Rochester's "Mr. Baseball" Joe Altobelli's 502 wins. Foley guided the 1997 Red Wings to an 83-58 record and the International League Governors' Cup championship, in Rochester's first season at Frontier Field. Foley, who took the Red Wings to the IL playoffs in three of the five seasons he managed, was also named International League Manager of the Year in 1997. He is the only manager to win a title in all three Triple-A leagues (International League, Pacific Coast League, and American Association).
ROGER FREED - Inducted in 1992
Roger Freed made a Hall of Fame name for himself in one glorious Rochester season. He led the 1970 Red Wings with a .334 batting average, 24 home runs and 130 RBI, earning Topps Minor League Player of the Year recognition and sharing International League MVP honors with Columbus' George Kopacz.
P.J. FORBES - Inducted in 2006
Infielder P.J. Forbes was one of the most popular players in the history of Frontier Field. The scrappy infielder endeared himself to the fans with his hustle on the field and his friendly, accommodating nature off the field. Played parts of three seasons (1997-1999) with the Red Wings and was named to the Triple-A All-Star team in 1998. During the inaugural season at Frontier Field (1997) he was the sparkplug of the Red Wings offense and played second base, third base, and shortstop for the Governors’ Cup Champions. He’ll go down in history as the man who made perhaps the greatest defensive play in the history of the franchise – otherwise known as “The Catch” – when he made a diving catch in the ninth inning of the final game of the 1997 Governors’ Cup Championship to help seal the Cup for Rochester. Forbes went on to play in the major leagues for the Orioles and Phillies.
JIM FULLER - Inducted in 1994
One of the most renowned and feared sluggers in Rochester history, Jim Fuller crushed 91 home runs in parts of five seasons with the Red Wings from 1972 to 1976. He earned International League MVP honors with a league-high 39 roundtrippers and 108 RBI in 1973. A member of the Red Wings' 1974 Governors' Cup championship ballclub, Fuller again led the team in homers in 1975 and 1976. The Red Wings averaged 83 victories and made five post- season appearances during Fuller's five seasons in a Rochester uniform.
WARREN GILES - Inducted in 2008
One of the most prominent figures in Rochester baseball history, he was the first President of the Rochester franchise known as the “Red Wings” when he was hired by St. Louis to run the operation in 1928, and he would remain in that role until the fall of 1936. He teamed with manager Billy Southworth (a member of the Red Wings and National Baseball Halls of Fame) to form the brains behind the Red Wings’ four consecutive International League pennants from 1928-1931.
Selected the name “Red Wings” from over 700 entries in a “name the team” contest in February, 1928. Was President of the club when Red Wing Stadium opened on May 2, 1929. Went on to become President of the Cincinnati Reds from 1946-51 and President of the National League, 1951-1979.
Gene Green - Inducted in 2011
Outfielder/catcher Gene Green played three seasons (1956, 1957 & 1959) with the Red Wings. One of the best players to play for Rochester during the Cardinals era, Green helped lead the Red Wings to the Governors' Cup championship in 1956 while batting .300 with 23 home runs and 96 RBI. Green, a two-time International League All-Star, finished his Red Wings career with 62 home runs and 254 RBI in 371 games.
BOBBY GRICH - Inducted in 1989
In only 193 games, Grich emerged as one of the all-time legends ever to don a Red Wings uniform. In 1970, he batted .383 with nine home runs and 42 RBI. In 1971, he led the Red Wings to the Governors' Cup and the Junior World Series championship by batting .336 with 32 homers and 83 RBI. He was recognized as the 1971 Minor League Player of the Year. A shortstop in his Rochester days, Grich went on to a stellar career at second base for the Orioles and Angels. Career Stats is a Red Wing: 193 games, .352 average, 37 doubles, 12 triples, 41 home runs, 126 RBI and 16 stolen bases
RORIC HARRISON - Inducted in 2001
Right-handed pitcher Roric Harrison spent one season with Rochester in 1971, but it’s a season most Red Wings fans won’t forget. Harrison posted a 15-5 record with a 2.81 ERA while leading the Red Wings pitching staff that went on to win the Junior World Series that season. In parts of five Major League seasons, Harrison won 10 or more games twice, including 1973 when he went 11-8 with a 4.16 ERA for Atlanta. He holds a 30-35 record in parts of five Major League seasons with Baltimore, Atlanta, Cleveland and Minnesota.
CHRIS HOILES - Inducted in 2010
Catcher Chris Hoiles played two seasons (1989 & 1990) with the Red Wings. One of the best catchers to play for Rochester during the Orioles era, Hoiles helped lead the Red Wings to the Governors’ Cup championship in 1990 batting .348 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI. Hoiles would go on to have a very successful 10-year Major League career (all with Baltimore) hitting .262 with 151 home runs and 449 RBI.
FRANK HORTON - Inducted in 1998
Frank Horton served as the first Vice President of Rochester Community Baseball and teamed with Morrie Silver to organize the stock drive to buy the franchise and Red Wing Stadium from the St. Louis Cardinals. Succeeded Mr. Silver as president of the ballclub from 1957 to 1962, and was instrumental in securing the Baltimore Orioles as the new parent club in 1961. Left for Washington, D.C. to serve as a U.S. Congressman in 1962 but remained a loyal and influential supporter of the team, including serving as chairman of the site selection committee for Frontier Field.
TONY JACOBS - Inducted in 1992
Jacobs was virtually unbeatable for two full seasons, posting a combined 28-4 record for the Red Wings in 1953 and 1954. He went 12-3 with a 2.63 ERA in '53, then followed that with a 16-1 record and a 2.91 ERA in '54. He wrapped up his Red Wings career with an 8-7 mark in 1955.
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last updated 7/2011