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GreenJackets Hall of Fame

 

 

Tim Wakefield - Inducted June 1, 2013

Tim was a member of the Augusta Pirates in 1989 and played both third base and first base. After being told he "would never make it past double-A" as a first baseman, Wakefield began working on becoming a pitcher by mastering the knuckleball.

In 1992, Tim was called up to the majors and posted a 8-1 record for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tim would go on to spend a majority of his career with the Boston Red Sox, where he was a member of two Red Sox World Series Championship teams in 2004 and 2007. He was also named American League Comeback Player of the Year in 1995, was named to the 2009 All-Star Team and received the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award.

Wakefield finished his career with a record of 200-180, an ERA of 4.41 and 2,156 strikeouts.

 

 

Pablo Sandoval - Inducted August 3, 2013

Signed by the San Francisco Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004, Sandoval was a member of the Augusta GreenJackets in the 2006 season. Pablo played 117 games as a first and third baseman, notching 116 hits, 49 RBI, and a .265 batting average

Sandoval was called up by the Giants in 2008, where teammate Barry Zito donned him with his now iconic nickname "Kung-fu Panda." He quickly became a staple of the Giants lineup, leading the Giants to the 2010 and 2012 World Series Championships. He was named a National League All-Star in 2011 and 2012.

The shining moment of his young career came in Game One of the 2012 World Series, where Sandoval became the fourth player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game, joining the likes of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols. He won the 2012 World Series MVP and the Babe Ruth Award, as the most valuable player of the 2012 PostSeason.

 

 

Stan Swann - Inducted June 21, 2014

 

For as long as GreenJackets Baseball has been in Augusta, Stan has been a fixture at the ballpark. A season ticket holder and member of the diamond club, he has a seat with his name on it in Section E, where he sits. He prefers Section D, where there is no net and he can see the game as he wants to see it.

Stan cheers for the GreenJackets and the Atlanta Braves. He often has his radio to listen to the Braves broadcast and share the score with his fellow fans.

Since 1995, Stan has been an active member of the Special Olympics GA Augusta Stars Team. He enjoys bowling and has bowled as high as the 190s. His skills in the sport have won him countless gold metals in Special Olympics. He also has participated in aquatics, basketball, softball, and bocce.

Born and raised in Augusta, Stan is well known in the community. While he has many interests, his passion is cheering for his Augusta GreenJackets. He is a true fan.

 

 

Bill Heaton - inducted July 25, 2014

 

The history of Minor League Baseball in Augusta has a rich and storied past that began in 1885 with the Augusta Browns in the Southern League, and included 6 league championships by 1963. But baseball departed Augusta that year, when the New York Yankees ended their affiliation and the league folded. For 25 years (from 1964 to 1987, the playing fields of Augusta were empty of professionals and the stands were silent of fans.

Then in 1988, longtime baseball fan, US Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Bill Heaton put together a partnership to bring baseball back to Augusta. It was a huge undertaking, but he succeeded in securing a franchise in the reorganized South Atlantic League, or "SALLY" League, got an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates to provide players and coaches, hastily built a no-frills ballpark named Heaton Stadium on this site, and financed the team's operation. In 1989, in just their second year of operation, the Augusta Pirates won their first South Atlantic League title, the 7th Championship in Augusta's history.

Bill sold the team a few years later, it was renamed the GreenJackets, and they began playing in the new Lake Olmstead Stadium. The GreenJackets repeated as South Atlantic League Champions in 1995, 1999, and 2008, their 10th Championship. Without Bill, none of this would have happened - he is a true champion, and now he's a member of the Augusta GreenJackets Hall of Fame.

 

 

Madison Bumgarner - inducted August 7, 2015

 

During his one season in Augusta, the 2007 10th overall draft pick of the San Francisco Giants proved to live up to the hype. In his 24 starts in 2008, Bumgarner struck out a SAL high 124 batters, recorded an ERA of 1.46, and finished with a record of 15-3. He also helped lead the GreenJackets to a Southern Division 2nd Half Title, the Southern Division Championship, and finally the 2008 South Atlantic League Championship.

Madison Bumgarner spent another almost two full seasons in the minor leagues before being called up to San Francisco in September of 2010. With the Giants for the month September, Bumgarner started five games and posted an ERA of 1.13. He helped lead the Giants to a National League West Division Championship and a National League Pennant. In Game Four of the 2010 World Series against the Texas Rangers, Bumgarner became the fourth youngest pitcher to start and win a World Series game (Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings). His win gave the Giants a commanding 3-1 series lead and ultimately led to their first World Series Championship in 56 years.

Since 2010, Bumgarner has won two more World Series titles (2012, 2014). He has become a three-time National League All-Star (2013-2015), won a National League Silver Slugger Award (2014), National League Championship Series MVP (2014), and the World Series MVP (2014). Bumggarner was named Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year" and the Associated Press "Male Athlete of the Year" in 2014 as well.