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Emeralds Hall of Fame

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Hugh Luby GM/Manager

Inducted 1996: Fittingly, the first-ever member of the Ems Hall of Fame was former General Manager Hugh Luby. Luby both managed and served as the team's GM over the years. Luby managed the club for a better part of four seasons (1957-58, 1966, 1974), compiling a 235-203 (.537) mark, boasting the most wins of any Ems skipper, also standing as one of the most successful Ems managers in winning percentage. In his first year at the helm in 1957, Luby led the third-year Emeralds into the Northwest League playoffs, just falling short of the league title. When he wasn't on the field with the club, Luby is best remembered for his days as the team's General Manager.

Mike ScmidtMike Schmidt Third Base

Inducted 1996: Easily the most recognizable of any former Emerald, infielder Mike Schmidt was also a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class inducted in 1996. A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Schmidt is enshrined in the Ems Hall for his excellence as a member of the 1972 Eugene Emeralds in addition to his spectacular Major League career. As part of the playoff-bound Ems club, Schmidt hammered 26 homers and drove in 91 runs in what would be his last hurrah on the minor league level. After a sluggish 1973 season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Schmidt took off in 1974 and would eventually grab 10 Gold Gloves, two MVP Awards and 548 home runs on his way to Cooperstown, solidifying himself as one of the greatest third basemen of all time.

Joe LisJoe Lis Outfield

Inducted 1996: As one of the most popular players ever to have played in Eugene, Joe Lis also stands as one of the greatest players to wear an Ems uniform. It was this popularity and greatness that earned Lis the nickname "The Mayor" from his teammates as perhaps no other player took to Eugene the way this power-hitting outfielder did (in fact Lis named his son James Eugene). Between the lines, Lis is the Emeralds career leader in home runs (74), RBI (225) and hits (324) in addition to many other marks. As a member of the Ems in 1969, 1970 and 1972, Lis compiled a .311 career batting average with the club.

Bobby Bolin Pitcher

Inducted 1997: Bolin spent just one season in Eugene, but what a season it was. As the ace of the 1959 Emeralds staff, Bolin led the club in all four major pitching categories including wins (20), ERA (2.84), strikeouts (271) and innings pitched (225). The 271 strikeouts easily sits at the top of Emeralds history, 62 more than any other Ems pitcher. Bolin's 20 wins and 225 innings pitched in 1959 ranks him second on the Ems all-time list in both categories. Bolin also dots the Northwest League record books for most strikeouts in a season (271), most strikeouts in a game (22; July 7, 1959) and most shutouts in a season (9). Bolin logged the first Emeralds no-hitter ever on August 23, 1959 and went on to pitch for the San Francisco Giants from 1961-1969.

LuzinskiGreg Luzinski Outfielder

Inducted 1998: A solid all-around athlete, Luzinski was reportedly offered as many as 150 college football scholarships, instead choosing professional baseball as his preferred athletic outlet. It appeared that "The Bull" was headed for gridiron action with the Kansas Jayhawks, but Luzinski chose to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies after the club made him their No. 1 pick of the 1968 draft. Making typical minor league rounds, Luzinski began to make his mark in the Eastern League, clubbing 33 homers and 120 RBI in 1970. A year later, the outfielder made Eugene his home and suited up for the Emeralds for the 1971 Pacific Coast League season. A disappointing team record-wise, the '71 club boasted one of the league's best sluggers in Luzinski. With the Ems, Luzinski took his efforts from a year earlier and adapted them to the Triple-A level, belting 36 homers and 114 RBI, still single-season Emeralds records to this day. His 171 hits and 104 runs scored that season also dot the club record books with the popular figure throwing in a 3.14 average that season for good measure. Success would certainly follow The Bull throughout his professional career. In all, the 11th overall pick in the '68 draft wrapped up his Major League career with a .276 average, 307 homers and 1,128 RBI. Other highlights included four All-Star games and five trips to the League Championship Series and one World Series Championship.

Greg Riddoch Manager

Inducted 1999: Manager Greg Riddoch was inducted in the Emeralds Hall of Fame for his superior managerial skills and history with the Ems. The 1975 season has become one of the most memorable in Emeralds history as the team claimed their second consecutive Northwest League title; Riddoch led the Ems to a 54-25 mark, a record that still stands as the highest short-season win total in Emeralds history. The winning percentage from that season ranks No. 1, all-time, in the Emeralds 44 seasons to date. Riddoch would skipper the Ems once again in 1976 before moving to the rookie level Pioneer League to manage the Reds club in Billings, Montana during 1977. After that though it was back to Eugene and another series of successful runs through the Northwest League. From 1978 through 1981, Riddoch-led Emeralds teams won 136 games, two division titles and the NWL Championship in 1980. Riddoch again joined the Emeralds from 2007 through 2010 as manager.