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ABQ Baseball Hall of Fame

 

The Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame honors players, managers, teams, executives, and media members who have made a significant contribution to the development and success of the Nation's Pastime in the city of Albuquerque. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are determined by a special selection committee consisting of 14 local Albuquerque baseball experts. The selection committee is: Connie Alexander, Gig Brummel, Randy Harrison, Gary Herron, Fred Hultberg, JD Kailer, Steve Lagomarcino, Dennis Latta, Fred Mateucci, Terry McDermott, Patrick McKernan, Mike Roberts, Buddy Robertson, and John Traub.
 

CLASS OF 2007

Tommy Lasorda - Inducted in 2007
Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1972)
Pacific Coast League
• Managed first Triple-A club to call Albuquerque home and led the 1972 Dukes to a 92-56 record and the Pacific Coast League championship. The 1972 team included OF Von Joshua, 3B Ron Cey, OF Larry Hisle, 2B Davey Lopes, OF/1B Tom Paciorek, and pitchers Doug Rau, Geoff Zahn, and Charlie Hough. Went on to become the third base coach of the parent Los Angeles Dodgers from 1973-76 and manager of the Dodgers from 1976-1996. Won National League pennant in 1977 and 1978. Won World Series in 1981 and 1988. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. Led USA to a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

 

CLASS OF 2008

Del Crandall - Inducted in 2008
Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1978-83)
Pacific Coast League
Manager, Albuquerque Dodgers (1969-70)
Texas League

• All-time winningest manager in Triple-A Dukes history, leading his clubs to a .600 winning percentage in 785 games at that level. Managed the Dukes to four Pacific Coast League championships (1978, 1980, 1981, and 1982). Was the skipper of the 1981 team that went 94-38, won the PCL title, and was named by Minor League Baseball as the 11th-best team in minor league history. Named The Sporting News Manager of the Year in 1981. Led the Double-A Albuquerque Dodgers in 1969 and 1970, and was named the Texas League Manager of the Year in 1970 when his club won the league championship with an 83-52 record.

Mike Marshall - Inducted in 2008
First Baseman/Outfielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1981-82)
Pacific Coast League

• Had one of the best seasons in Minor League Baseball history in 1981, winning the Triple Crown and leading the Dukes to the Pacific Coast League championship. Named 1981's Player of the Year by The Sporting News and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. Was also named to several post-season All-Star teams. Won the '81 Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player award after batting .373 with 34 home runs and 137 RBI. Batted .388 with 14 homers and 58 RBI in 66 games the following season before earning a promotion to Los Angeles.

1981 Albuquerque Dukes - Inducted in 2008
Pacific Coast League
• Manager Del Crandall's team was recognized by Minor League Baseball as being the 11th-best team in minor league history after compiling a 94-38 record and winning the Pacific Coast League championship. Dukes were led by Triple Crown winner Mike Marshall (.373, 34 HR, 137 RBI), second baseman Jack Perconte (.346 with 45 stolen bases), and outfielders Rudy Law (.335 with 56 stolen bases) and Candy Maldonado (.335, 21 HR, 104 RBI). Pitching staff was led by RHP Ted Power (18-3), RHP Brian Holton (16-6), LHP Ricky Wright (14-6), RHP Bill Swiacki (11-5), and RHP Alejandro Pena (22 saves).

JD Kailer - Inducted in 2008
Sports Editor, Albuquerque Journal
1950-59

• An ambassador and supporter of baseball in Albuquerque for five decades, J.D. Kailer served as Sports Editor of the Albuquerque Journal from 1950 to 1959 before working at KOAT-TV from 1959 to 1963 while also reporting sports for KDF radio from 1960 to 1969. From 1968 to 1978, he was an integral part of the Dukes of Albuquerque support group that was instrumental in the success of the Dukes.
 

Hershel Martin - Inducted in 2008
Outfielder/Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1948-51)
West Texas-New Mexico League

• The teams he managed never won fewer than 82 games and amassed a .603 winning percentage in 568 career games. Won league championships in 1949 and 1950. As an outfielder, he batted .425 with a league-leading 61 doubles in 1948.

 
 

 

 

Tom Bolack/ John McMullan - Inducted in 2008
• Farmington businessman Tom Bolack purchased the Dukes in 1956 and owned/operated the team until 1963. Moved Dukes from Class C West Texas-New Mexico League to Class B Texas League. John McMullan was a local Albuquerque businessman who worked hand-in-hand with Bolack to promote baseball in this community and helped forge the great relationship between Albuquerque and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

 
 

 

Pat McKernan - Inducted in 2008
President/General Manager
Albuquerque Dukes (1979-2000)

• Three-time Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year (1981, 1982, 1991) and two-time winner of Minor League Baseball's President's Trophy (1985, 1991). Named Minor League Baseball's "King of Baseball" in 2000 after running the Dukes for 21 years. Honored several times by the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame, culminating with his induction in 2000.

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2009

1972 Albuquerque Dukes - Inducted in 2009
Pacific Coast Leauge
• Manager Tommy Lasorda's team amassed a 92-56 record and won the Pacific Coast League championship, the first of eight for the franchise. The club featured, among others, future Major League stars Burt Hooton, Charlie Hough, Larry Hisle, Tom Paciorek, and Von Joshua and is considered by many to be one of the best Minor League squads in baseball history. The 1972 club was the first Triple-A team to call Albuquerque home.


 

 

 

Dennis Lewallyn - Inducted in 2009
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1975-80)
Pacific Coast League

• The Albuquerque Dukes' all-time leader in career wins (74), games (232), and saves (51). Was named the 1980 Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player with a 15-2 record, 2.13 ERA, one shutout, and 24 saves. Recorded at least 10 wins in five of his six seasons with the Dukes, including two seasons in which he won 13 games and two in which he won 15 games.


 

 

 

Tom Paciorek - Inducted in 2009
Outfielder/Infielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1972)
Pacific Coast League

• Named Minor League Baseball's 1972 Player of the Year by The Sporting News. Was also honored as the Pacific Coast League's Most Valuable Player in 1972 after batting .307 with 27 home runs and 107 RBI. He led the PCL in at bats (605), hits (186), total bases (310), and home runs. Also belted four home runs in the inaugural World Baseball Championship.

 

 

 

Jesse Priest - Inducted in 2009
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1951-52)
West Texas-New Mexico League

• Recorded a 38-13 record over two seasons with the Dukes, including a 19-4 record with a 3.15 ERA in 1951. Tied a league record in 1951 with 17 consecutive wins. Went 19-9 in 1952 with a 3.06 ERA.

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2010

Charlie Blaney - Inducted in 2010
General Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1972-74)
Pacific Coast League

General Manager, Albuquerque Dodgers (1969-71)
Texas League

• Affable General Manager was primarily responsible for bringing Triple-A baseball to Albuquerque, convincing the Dodgers to move their top affiliate from Spokane, WA to the Duke City. Once here, Blaney held a contest to decide the team's name, Dukes or Dodgers, which was easily won by the Dukes. Presided over one of the greatest teams in Minor League Baseball history, the 1972 squad that was managed by Tommy Lasorda and won the PCL Championship. Named Double-A Executive of the Year in 1969 and Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year in 1974.

Jack Perconte - Inducted in 2010
Infielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1979-81, 1987)
Pacific Coast League

• Popular infielder played 509 games for the Dukes over four total seasons. Tied for the franchise lead in runs scored with 363 and singles with 467. Batted .346 and stole 45 bases for 1981 PCL Champion Dukes, considered to be one of the best teams in Minor League Baseball history.

 

 

 

Mike Roberts - Inducted in 2010
Broadcaster, Albuquerque Dukes (1982-99)
Albuquerque Isotopes (2003-05)
Pacific Coast League

• The "Voice Of The Dukes," and a local broadcasting legend, was a mainstay behind the microphone for the Dukes for 17 years. Was the voice of the team during one of the most successful periods in team history, calling seven different playoff clubs and four PCL Championships. Helped usher in a new era of Albuquerque professional baseball by working in the booth during the Isotopes' first three seasons of existence.

 

 

Joe Simpson - Inducted in 2010
Outfielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1974-78)
Pacific Coast League

• Played parts of five seasons with the Dukes, batting .304 in 521 total games. Is the Dukes career leader in at-bats with 1,994, hits with 607, and triples with 35. Tied for the franchise lead in runs with 363, and singles with 467. Batted .309 and racked up a team-high 88 walks while helping lead the Dukes to a 1978 PCL Co-Championship.

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2011

Ted Power - Inducted in 2011
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1979-82)
Pacific Coast League

• Over four seasons in Albuquerque, recorded an incredible 41-19 record with a 4.29 ERA in 85 games, 83 of which were starts. Hurled 15 complete games in his four seasons with the Dukes. Was the anchor of the Dukes' stalwart 1981 pitching staff, going 18-3 with a 3.56 ERA and winning his last nine decisions en route to the Pacific Coast League's post-season All-Star team. His 18 victories in 1981 mark the Dukes' all-time single-season record for wins.

 


 

Brian Traxler - Inducted in 2011
First Baseman, Albuquerque Dukes (1989-93, 1995)
Pacific Coast League

• The perennial fan favorite played six seasons in a Dukes uniform and was selected by the fans as the Dukes' most popular player three times - in 1992, 1993, and 1995. He batted .302 lifetime for Albuquerque in a Dukes' record 544 games with 49 home runs and 282 RBI. He was the Dukes' all-time franchise leader in doubles (122) and total bases (829).

 

 

 
 

Jason Wood - Inducted in 2011
Infielder, Albuquerque Isotopes (2003-06, 2008)
Pacific Coast League

• A consummate professional on and off the field, he is the modern day Albuquerque professional baseball leader in games played (587), at bats (2,087), runs batted in (328), and total bases (894). He also ranks in the top five in the history of professional baseball in the Duke City in hits (588), runs scored (316), doubles (102), and home runs (60). He was selected as the Isotopes Most Valuable Player by his teammates three times (2003, 2005, 2006) and is the Isotopes all-time franchise leader in games played, hits, home runs, RBI, and at bats. A fixture at third base for most of his time in an Isotopes uniform, "Woody" was also a fan favorite due to his work ethic and ability to come through in clutch situations.
 

CLASS OF 2012
 

Kevin Kennedy - Inducted in 2012
Manager, Albuquerque Dukes (1989-91)
Catcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1982-83)
Pacific Coast League
• One of the most successful field managers in the history of the Dukes, he led his teams to a .595 winning percentage during his three seasons at the helm of Albuquerque's Triple-A team. His clubs amassed a cumulative record of 251-171 and won a Pacific Coast League championship in 1990. The Dukes' 91 victories in 1990 were the third-highest single season total in franchise history. Was named the 1990 Minor League Baseball "Manager of the Year" by Baseball America.



 

Sid Bream - Inducted in 2012
First Baseman/Outfielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1982-85)
Pacific Coast League
• One of the most popular players in Dukes history, he played in 340 games over parts of four seasons in Albuquerque. He belted 70 home runs and had 267 RBI over that period, compiling a career .336 batting average with the Dukes. In 1983, he led the Pacific Coast League with 32 home runs and 118 RBI.

 

 



 

Carlos Salazar - Inducted in 2012
Sports Editor, Albuquerque Tribune
• Jon Carlos Salazar worked at the Albuquerque Tribune from 1946-1996 and covered the Dukes for 27 seasons, becoming the first writer to be inducted to the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. He also served as the Tribune's sports editor for 40 years. Before he passed away in 1998, Salazar was issued a lifetime pass by Major League Baseball in recognition of his contributions to the game, both in Albuquerque and beyond. The Isotopes Park press box is named in his honor.


 

 

 

Greg Brock - Inducted in 2012
First Baseman, Albuquerque Dukes (1982, 1984)
• The power-hitting first baseman spent parts of two seasons in Albuquerque, including perhaps the finest single-season in Dukes history. His 1982 campaign included an Albuquerque Triple-A record 44 home runs and 318 total bases and also included 138 runs batted in. He amassed 50 home runs and 153 RBI and compiled a .311 batting average in 159 career games with the Dukes.

 

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2013

 

Geoff Zahn - Inducted in 2013
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dodgers (1969-70)
Texas League (1969)
Dixie Association (1970)
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1972-73)
Pacific Coast League (1972-73)

• A member of the Double-A Dodgers (1960, 1971) and Triple-A Dukes (1972-73), the left-hander compiled a 40-24 record with a 3.14 ERA in 87 career games for Albuquerque. One of five pitchers who earned at least 10 victories for the 1972 Dukes. Led the '72 team in winning percentage (.909) by going 10-1 that season. Had most successful year in 1973, leading the Dukes in wins (13), ERA (3.05), and winning percentage (.619). Recorded 29 complete games in 78 career starts for Albuquerque.
 

Charlie Hough - Inducted in 2013
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dodgers (1967-69)
Texas League
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1972)
Pacific Coast League

• A member of the Double-A Dodgers (1967-69) and Triple-A Dukes (1972), the knuckleballer went a combined 32-25 with a 3.80 ERA in 119 career games with Albuquerque. Led the '71 Dodgers with seven complete games and finished second that season with 113 strikeouts. Appeared in club-best 58 games for the 1972 Dukes and tied for the team lead in wins with 14. His 14 saves in '72 finished second on the club.


 

Billy Ashley - Inducted in 2013
Outfielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1992-94, 1996)
Pacific Coast League

• The power-hitting outfielder blasted 66 career home runs for the Dukes, including Pacific Coast League bests 26 and 37 in 1993 and 1994, respectively. Played in 264 career games for the Dukes, compiling a .309 batting average with 224 runs batted in. In 1993, was a Topps Triple-A All-Star and Pacific Coast League All-Star. In 1994, duplicated the Topps and PCL post-season All-Star honors and was named Baseball America's Triple-A Player of the Year. Was also the '94 Los Angeles Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Year and the PCL Most Valuable Player.

 

 

Steve Lagomarsino - Inducted in 2013
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1950-51)
West Texas-New Mexico League

• A right-handed pitcher who appeared in 78 games for the Dukes, earning a record of 18-16. Started 27 games for Albuquerque and pitched 328 innings.

Became best-known for serving in the New Mexico State Police Department for 26 years (1953-79), working his way up the ranks of Deputy Chief. Graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1969 and was elected as National President of the FBI National Academy Associates in 1979.

 

 

CLASS OF 2014
 

Terry Collins - Inducted in 2014
Shortstop, Albuquerque Dukes (1977-78, 1980, 1984 - Managed 1983-88)
Pacific Coast League

• Collins played in Albuquerque from 1977-78, 1980, and 1984 and managed the Dukes from 1983-88. His 780 games managed ranks second-most in the history of the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes, earning a 388-392 cumulative record from 1983 through 1988. Collins led the Dukes to three post-season appearances (1983,1987, 1988) in his five-year tenure at the helm of the Dodgers' Triple-A club. His 1987 club won the Pacific Coast League Championship with a 77-65 record, and in his final two seasons at the helm of the Dukes, he won a combined 163 games. Collins is currently the manager of the New York Mets since 2011, having previously managed the Houston Astros (1994-96) and the Anaheim Angels (1997-99).


 

Orel Hershiser - Inducted in 2014
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1982-83)
Pacific Coast League
• Hershiser called the Duke City home from 1982-83 when he recorded a 19-14 record over two seasons with the Dukes. He posted a cumulative 3.91 ERA and 20 saves in 96 games pitched over the two seasons. Hershiser struck out 188 batters in 258.0 innings pitched for the Dukes and helped lead Albuquerque to consecutive playoff appearances and the Pacific Coast League Championship in 1982. Hershiser went on to win the 1988 Cy Young Award and was a three-time National League All-Star. He currently serves as an analyst on SportNet LA and calls select Dodger games.



 

Von Joshua - Inducted in 2014
Outfielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1968, 1972)
Pacific Coast League

• Joshua first appeared in Albuquerque during the 1968 season while a member of the Double-A Albuquerque Dodgers. He returned in 1972 as a member of the Triple-A Dukes, widely regarded as one of the best teams in Minor League history. Joshua was the Pacific Coast League batting champion in 1972 after compiling a .337 average in 125 games with nine home runs and 76 RBI. He batted .298 in 74 games with the Double-A Albuquerque Dodgers in 1968 and later served as hitting coach for the Dukes for a five-year period from 1988-1992, helping guide the team to PCL Championship in 1990.

 

 

CLASS OF 2015
 

Charlie Manuel - Inducted in 2015
Outfielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1974-75)
Pacific Coast League

• In his two years with the Dukes, Manuel combined for 221 hits and a .327 batting average in 210 games played. He also recorded 166 RBI and 122 runs scored during his time in Albuquerque. Manuel belted a career-high 30 home runs in 1974, followed by a 16-homer season in 1975. His .601 slugging percentage in 1975 was tops in the Pacific Coast League. Manuel played six seasons at the Major League level, before going on to enjoy a 12-year managerial career that included a World Series title with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.

 



CLASS OF 2016
 

Paul Konerko - Inducted in 2016
Infielder, Albuquerque Dukes (1996-98)
Pacific Coast League

• Konerko played in 158 games over parts of three seasons with the Dukes from 1996-98, compiling impressive totals of 44 home runs, 155 runs batted in, and a cumulative .334 batting average. The most prolific season in his Minor League career came in 1997, when he was named the Pacific Coast League's MVP after hitting 37 home runs and knocking in 127 runs for Albuquerque, the third-highest single season total in Albuquerque Professional Baseball history. During his MVP campaign, he batted .323 with 156 hits, including 31 doubles, and also scored 97 runs for the Dukes. Konerko is best known for his 16 seasons spent with the White Sox where he was a six time AL All-Star, captaining Chicago from 2006-14. He was a key contributor to their 2005 World Series Championship, earning ALCS MVP honors.

 

Stu Walker - Inducted in 2016
Public Address, Albuquerque Isotopes (2003-15)
Pacific Coast League

• Walker was the voice of Isotopes Park from the franchise's Inaugural Season in 2003 until he passed away in 2015. His voice was synonymous with professional and amateur sports in the Land of Enchantment. Not only was Stu a fixture at nearly 700 Isotopes games, he announced UNM football, basketball, and soccer games for two decades and also was the voice for high school championship games for the New Mexico Activities Association. Despite his success in his seasonal job as public address announcer, Stu was most proud of the work he did with students at Manzano High School.

 

 

CLASS OF 2017

Ramon Martinez - Inducted in 2017
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1988-89)
Pacific Coast League

• The eldest of the Martinez brothers, Ramon was also the first to pitch in Albuquerque, appearing for the Dukes during the 1988 and 1989 seasons.  The 1989 season was a breakout year for Ramon, going 10-2 with a 2.79 ERA en route to being named a PCL Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star. His 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 1989 are the best in Albuquerque Triple-A history among pitchers with at least 18 starts. Ramon finished his time in Albuquerque with a 15-4 record, 2.78 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 28 games.

 

 

 

Pedro Martinez - Inducted in 2017
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1991-93)
Pacific Coast League

• Martinez appeared in parts of three seasons with the Dukes, toeing the rubber in Albuquerque from 1991-93. After making his Triple-A debut in 1991, Pedro was named a PCL All-Star in 1992, leading the Dukes with 20 starts and 124 strikeouts that season. He started Opening Day for the Dukes in 1993, however, that was his last appearance in the Minor Leagues for the next 17 years. Pedro Martinez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.

 

 

 

Jesus Martinez - Inducted in 2017
Pitcher, Albuquerque Dukes (1995, 1997)
Pacific Coast League

• Jesus, the youngest of the Martinez brothers, played in Albuquerque for two non-consecutive seasons in 1995 and 1997. After appearing for the Dukes in two games in 1995, he spent the entire 1997 season in Albuquerque. His .875 winning percentage (7-1) was the highest among Dukes pitchers in 1997 and was good for fourth-best in the PCL.