The New York‐Penn League has announced the inductees for the New York‐Penn League Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
The purpose of the New York‐Penn League Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals for their overall accomplishments or contributions to the league on the field of play or in an administrative role.
The following individuals comprise the New York‐Penn League's 2014 Hall of Fame Class;
John Elway‐ After an accomplished college football career, John Elway was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1981 MLB Draft. Elway spent the summer of 1982 playing for the Oneonta Yankees of the New York‐Penn League. He would hit .318 with 4 home runs and 25 RBI in 45 games. Elway would go on to have a Hall of Fame career as quarterback for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League, retiring with the most victories by a starting quarterback in league history. He would lead his team to six AFC Championship Games and five Super Bowls, winning his last two. In 2004 he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Elway currently serves as Executive Vice President of Football Operations & General Manager for the Denver Broncos.
Randy Johnson‐ Nicknamed "The Big Unit", Johnson was one of the most feared pitchers in baseball history. The 6‐foot‐10‐inch left hander was celebrated for having one of the most dominant fastballs in the game. He began his professional career with the Jamestown Expos of the New York‐Penn League during the 1985 season, starting 8 games and striking out 21 batters.In 22 MLB seasons Johnson would amass 303 victories. His 4,875 strikeouts are the most all‐time by a left‐handed pitcher and second overall behind only Nolan Ryan. He was named to 10 all‐star teams and won 5 Cy Young Awards. In 2001 he became a World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was named World Series MVP.
Charlie Wride‐ A former high school teacher at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, New York, Wride has been involved with the Auburn Baseball Club since 1964 in various capacities. Over the years he has served as Director (1964‐1974), Vice President (1975‐1995), Public Address Announcer (1995‐2005), and Administrative Assistant (2005‐2010). In addition, he has served as Auburn Baseball Historian since 1990 and as the New York‐Penn League Historian since 1998. In this role he assists in revising New York‐Penn League statistics for the annual media guide and compiles the master list of former players to appear in Major League Baseball (currently over 2,800 names). His research has also been invaluable in helping to "fill in the blanks" for many records, statistics, rosters, and players in league history. Wride has served as a great resource and friend to all umpires who have visited Auburn over the years and is a member of the Auburn Baseball Wall of Fame.
"As the oldest, continuously‐operated CLASS A league in professional baseball, the list of players, coaches, field managers, general managers, and owners reads like a Who's Who of Baseball," says, Ben Hayes, the President of the New York‐Penn League.
The implementation of the New York‐Penn League Hall of Fame has occurred in three phases. The first phase (2012) elected all current Baseball Hall of Fame members who played in the League. The second phase (2013) elected League personnel and team officials. The third phase (2014 and beyond) will elect individuals who are nominated and approved by a majority of New York‐Penn League member clubs.
Induction ceremonies are scheduled to take place during pregame ceremonies for the 2014New York‐Penn League All‐Star Game in Brooklyn, New York, home of the BrooklynCyclones, on August 19th.