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Hall of Fame - 2011

Hall of Fame - Class of 2011


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Mike Hargrove

Mike Hargrove

Mike Hargrove led the Western Carolinas League with a .351 average and 160 hits in 1973 while playing for the Gastonia Rangers. Hargrove earned his way onto the Texas Rangers roster in 1974 and was honored as AL Rookie of the Year in his first of 12 seasons as an MLB player for the Rangers, Padres and Indians. After retiring as a player, Hargrove turned to managing. During 16 seasons as an MLB manager (nine in Cleveland, four in Baltimore, three in Seattle), Hargrove won 721 games, five consecutive division titles (Cleveland from 1995-1999) and two AL pennants (Cleveland in 1995 and 1997). Hargrove is currently a consultant with the Cleveland Indians.

Ray Hathaway

Ray Hathaway

Ray Hathaway was the manager of the 1961 Asheville Tourists, champions of the South Atlantic League with an 87-50 record and considered to be the best team in Asheville history. Hathaway's managerial career started in 1947, when he guided the Santa Barbara Dodgers to the California League Championship Series, losing to the Stockton Ports. He won the Ohio-Indiana League title as skipper of the Zanesville Dodgers in 1948. His other managerial stints include the Pueblo Dodgers in the Western League (1949-50, 1956-57), Asheville Tourists in the Tri-State League (1951, 1953-54), Newport News Dodgers in the Piedmont League (1953), Elmira Pioneers in the Eastern League (1955), Tri-City Braves in the Northwest League (1958), Columbus/Gastonia Pirates in the South Atlantic League (1959), Savannah Pirates in the South Atlantic League (1960), Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League (1961-64), Gastonia in the Western Carolinas League (second half of 1964), Raleigh Cardinals in the Carolina League (1965), Lewiston Broncs in the Northwest League (1967), Arkansas Travelers in the Texas League (1969), Savannah Indians in the Southern League (1970), Jacksonville Suns in the Dixie Association (1971), Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League (1972) and the Wilson Pennants in the Carolina League (1973). Throughout his 25-year managerial career, Hathaway won 1,441 games.

Frank Perdue

Frank Perdue

In the mid-1990s, Frank Perdue graciously agreed to donate approximately $4 million to the joint venture to build a Minor League Baseball stadium, now known as Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, in Salisbury, Md., for the Delmarva Shorebirds. In addition to the monetary gift, Mr. Perdue also donated 39 acres of prime real estate for the construction site of the stadium. The importance of Frank Purdue to baseball in the Eastern Shore was summed up best by Gary Mackes, Wicomico County Parks, Recreation and Tourism director, "If it was not for Frank Perdue's wallet and generosity, there would not be a stadium here in Wicomico County." Just like Yankee Stadium is known as "The House that Ruth Built," Arthur W. Perdue Stadium can be accurately described as "The House that Frank Built."


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