Welcome to the Appalachian League Hall of Fame
The purpose of the Appalachian League Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals for their accomplishments and/or contributions to the League on the field of play or in an executive or an administrative capacity. This shall include but not necessarily be limited to: players, managers, coaches, umpires, and team and league executives. Entry into the Appalachian League Hall of Fame shall be made available to anyone previously or currently associated with the league regardless of the duration of the association, beginning with the 1957 season.
Players must be retired from active roster status from all classifications of professional baseball for a minimum of two full seasons before becoming eligible. All non-playing candidates are eligible at any time.
The primary, but not exclusive, consideration for nominating, selecting, or voting individuals to the Appalachian League Hall of Fame shall be their accomplishments and/or contributions to the League. The totality of an individual's career in whatever capacity may be taken into consideration.
Hall of Fame plaques shown here are shared with permission from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1984, Greg Maddux began his professional baseball career in the Appalachian League with the Pikeville Cubs. In 14 games with Pikeville, Maddux went 6-2, with a 2.63 ERA, and struck out 62 batters. Maddux finished his career with 3,371 strikeouts, and won four Cy Young Awards and 18 Gold Gloves. Maddux also made eight All-Star appearances. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. Click on the image for more details on Greg Maddux.
Eddie Murray began his baseball career in 1973 in the Appalachian League with the Bluefield Orioles. In 50 games with Bluefield, Murray hit .287 with 11 HRs and 32 RBI. During his career, Murray made eight All-Star appearances, hit more than 500 HRs, and had more than 3,000 hits. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. Click on the image for more details on Eddie Murray.
Kirby Puckett began his Hall of Fame career in 1982 in the Appalachian League with the Elizabethton Twins. In 65 games with Elizabethton, Puckett hit .382 with 35 RBIs and 43 stolen bases. Puckett was a 10-time All-Star, and won six Gold Glove Awards and six Silver Slugger Awards. Puckett won two World series titles with Minnesota in 1987 and 1991. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. Click on image for more details on Kirby Puckett.
Cal Ripken Jr. began his professional baseball career in the Appalachian League in 1978 with the Bluefield Orioles. Ripken hit .264 with Bluefield and collected 24 RBI. Ripken became famous for setting the all-time consecutive games played record at 2,632 straight games. Ripken made 19 MLB All-Star appearances, won eight Silver Slugger Awards, and won two AL MVP awards. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Click on image for more Cal Ripken Jr. details.
Nolan Ryan began his baseball career in 1965 in the Appalachian League as a member of the Marion Mets. In 13 games with Marion, Ryan won three games and recorded 115 strikeouts. Nolan Ryan finished his career with more than 5700 strikeouts, appeared in eight All-Star games, and threw seven no-hitters. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Click on image for more Nolan Ryan details.
Jim Thome came to the Appalachian League in 1990 when he became a member of the Burlington Indians. With Burlington, Thome hit .373, with 12 HRs and collected 34 RBI. In his Major League career Thome hit more than 600 HRs, made five All-Star appearances, and won a Silver Slugger award. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. Click on image for more Jim Thome details.
Alan Trammell began his professional baseball career in 1976 in the Appalachian League with the Bristol Tigers. In 41 games with Bristol, Trammell hit .271, recorded 38 hits, and drew 26 walks at the plate. Trammell made six MLB All-Star appearances and won four Gold Gloves and three Silver Slugger awards. Trammell was named World Series MVP in 1984. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. Click on image for more Alan Trammell details.
Special Election (Fall 2019)
Randy Boyd helped ensure the continued operations of the Johnson City Cardinals when Boyd Sports assumed management of the team in 2016 and gave roughly $400,000 in investments to the Cardinals' baseball facilities, including an artificial turf infield, party deck pavilion, locker room upgrades, on-line ticketing system and concessions renovations. Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corp., a Knoxville-based business, and was appointed interim president of the University of Tennessee in September 2018. Boyd Sports operates the Johnson City Cardinals, Greeneville Reds, and Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian League and the Double-A Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League.
Boyce Cox is credited with keeping baseball in the city of Bristol after being named president of the Bristol franchise in 1983 and working as General Manager until the time of his death in 2007. He was named the Appalachian League Executive of the Year multiple times and was honored by the city of Bristol by officially naming the Bristol facility as "Boyce Cox Field at DeVault Memorial Stadium." Cox was a first baseman in the Appalachian League in 1943 and 1946 for the Bristol Twins, serving in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and 1945.
Chauncey DeVault was President of the Appalachian League from 1947-79. In 1979, the National Association presented him with the George Trautman Award for outstanding service to baseball. The Bristol stadium is named in his honor, as "Boyce Cox Field at DeVault Memorial Stadium." He was named King of Baseball in 1969.
Bobby Floyd was the Kingsport Mets manager from 1987-88, winning the 1988 Appalachian League Championship and Manager of the Year honors. Floyd, currently a Senior Advisor for the New York Mets, has spent 55 years in the Major Leagues and Minor Leagues as a player, manager, or coach, 34 of which have come in the New York Mets organization. Floyd played seven years (1968-74) in the Major Leagues for the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.
David Hagan is the owner of Calfee Park Baseball and is credited with bringing the New York Yankees affiliate to the small, rural community of Pulaski. Hagan and the Shelor Automotive Group purchased Calfee Park from the Town of Pulaski in 2014 to ensure baseball would remain in Pulaski and have since invested more than ten million dollars in renovations to the ballpark facilities, field, team, and hotel where the players stay. Under Hagan's leadership, the Pulaski Yankees have led the Appalachian League in attendance each year since 2015 and were recognized with Minor League Baseball's John H. Johnson President's Award in 2019 and the Bob Freitas Award for the Short Season classification in 2016.
Bill Halstead was President of the Appalachian League from 1982-95. He played for the Kingsport Cherokees in 1947, appearing in 43 games. He played an additional seven seasons in the Mountain States League, making the All-Star team five straight years. Halstead served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46 before attending Appalachian State where he earned four letters in football and two in baseball.
Jim Holland served as General Manager of the Princeton, WV Appalachian League franchise for 24 years, earning the League's Award of Promotional Excellence five times and being named Appalachian League Executive of the Year in 1993. He created the Mercer Cup in 1992, a trophy awarded annually to the winner of the Princeton-Bluefield regular season series. In 2015, he received the Appalachian League President's Award for his long-term service to the game. He was the Corporate Secretary for the Appalachian League from 2002-12 and a former member of the League's executive committee.
Andruw Jones began his professional career with the Danville Braves in 1994, where he batted .336 with 48 hits in 36 games. He went on to play 17 seasons in Major League Baseball, during which he was a five-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Silver Slugger Award winner, and Hank Aaron Award winner for the National League. He was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2016.
Lee Landers served as President of the Appalachian League from 1996-2018, earning multiple awards during his tenure, including King of Baseball (2017), the Warren Giles Award for outstanding service as a Minor League President (2001), and the Bowie Kuhn Award from Baseball Chapel (2008). Under his leadership, four Appalachian League teams were honored with the Bob Freitas Award for the Short Season classification. Landers' career in professional baseball began in 1959 in Fresno and included a 12-year tenure with Springfield (IL) during which he was named Vice President of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986.
George McGonagle, a former Air Force Veteran, has been club President in Bluefield since 1988 and has been with the organization since 1951. He was General Manager for Bluefield from 1995-2007, and has since served three stints as the Interim GM. In 2012 he was honored as the King of Baseball and has been named Appalachian League Executive of the Year three times, as well as leading Bluefield to recognition of the Bob Freitas Award for the Short Season classification in 1996.
Scott Niswonger is credited as one of the main individuals responsible for bringing Minor League Baseball to Greeneville, TN, contributing $9.5 million to Tusculum University athletic facilities in 2004 to attract professional baseball. Niswonger, co-founder of Landair Services and founder of Forward Air Corporation, is also the Chairman of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville and established the Niswonger Educational Foundation in 2001 to create opportunities for individual and regional growth through educational programs, scholarships, and other charitable activities. Mr. Niswonger is a member of the Presidents Executive Council at Purdue University and also the Deans Council for Purdue as well as a Chairman of Purdue Aviation. He also serves on various Boards throughout the region at the collegiate level.
Ray Smith has been manager of the Elizabethton Twins since 1987, amassing 1403 wins and a .612 winning percentage. He has led Elizabethton to nine Appalachian League championships and has been named Appalachian League Manager of the Year seven times. Smith played in the Appalachian League in 1977 before appearing in 83 Major League games with the Minnesota Twins from 1981 to 1983.
Miles Wolff brought the Burlington franchise to the city of Burlington in 1986. Under his leadership, the organization was recognized with the Bob Freitas Award for the Short Season classification in 1996 and has won the Appalachian League Promotional Trophy five times and the Community Service Award in 2017. Five different General Managers have been recognized as the Appalachian League Executive of the Year for a total of eight honors during Wolff's tenure as President. Wolff was selected as the 79th most important person in baseball history by John Thorn and Alan Schwarz in the eighth edition of Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia and the 8th best owner in sports by ESPN 25, a history of the network.
Pitched and served as DH for Johnson City in 2001. Had a .638 slugging percentage with 10 HR and 35 RBI in 105 at-bats. Went 5-3 in 14 games pitched, striking out 158 in 87 innings. Named Rookie Level Player of the Year, Appalachian League All-Star left-handed pitcher, Rookie League All-Star starting pitcher, Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year, and Appalachian League All-Star designated hitter. Ankiel is the only player other than Babe Ruth to both start an MLB postseason game as a pitcher and hit a home run in the postseason as a position player.
Served as the general manager of the Bluefield Baseball Club, Inc. for 37 years. Before the arrival of the Orioles in 1957, he was the General Manager for teams of the Red Sox and Braves organizations. Over the years, he assumed the majority of the responsibilities associated with baseball operations, including running the front office, overseeing the concessions and assisting with field maintenance. When player contracts were handled locally, Fanning helped sign major league all-star Boog Powell to his first professional baseball contract.
Born in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Dale started his professional umpire career in the Appalachian League. Dale worked 25 years as an MLB umpire from 1974 until 1999. He umpired two World Series and three MLB All-Star games. He also worked numerous MLB playoffs and league championships. In addition, Dale served 3 terms in TN House of Representatives and is an Army Veteran. Each year, a top-rated umpire in the Appalachian league receives the Dale Ford Umpire Award.
Played for Bluefield in 1967. Won 4 gold gloves, was a 6-time MLB All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award in 1981, when he led the AL in HR. Played in 2008 MLB games with 1833 hits, 1033 runs, 320 2B, 47 3B, 224 HR's & 104 SB's. Finished his career with a .266 BA, .424 OBP, 125+ OPS & an 8.3 WAR, the best in AL history. In 1973, led all 2B in fielding % at a .9947 with 5 Errors 509 assists, 431 putouts & 130 DP's turned and started all 162 games. Grich led the AL in 1973-75 in assists, put outs & DP's turned. Member both Angels and Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.
Played for Johnson City in 1971. Went 2-2, with 2.11 ERA in 47 IP and 61K. Pitched 14 years in MLB, going170-91 with a career ERA of 3.29 and 26 SHO. 1,778 career Ks. Won Cy Young in 1978, going 25-3. Named MLB player of Year in 1978. Won 5 Gold Gloves and was 4-time MLB All-Star. Won Roberto Clemente Award in 1984. Won 2 ERA titles. New York Yankees retired his #49 and he is a Monument Park honoree at Yankee Stadium.
Lenny was a perennial fixture for the Bluefield Orioles as the first base coach from 1984-2010. While in Bluefield, he was awarded the Herb Armstrong Award for significant contributions to baseball and the Orioles organization. Member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. Awarded Cal Ripken Sr. award for player development in 2007. Was a mainstay in minor league baseball for 57 years. Coordinated Bluefield's player appearances and community service projects, with players required to participate in community events every day club was in town.
Played for Pulaski in 1985, hitting .245 in 66 games with 10 HR and 46 RBI. Named NL Rookie of the Year in 1990, when he hit .282 with 28 2B, 28 HR and 78 RBI. Justice is a two-time World Series champion, an ALCS MVP in 2000, three-time MLB All-Star, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2007.
President of Elizabethton Twins Baseball Commission for 25 Years (1993-2018), serving as team Chaplain entire time. Instrumental in gaining political support needed for facility improvements at Joe O'Brien Field, including an irrigation system, new restrooms, new stadium lighting system, new dugouts and batting cage facility, new stadium drainage system, new outfield wall and stadium fencing, and new stadium entrance. Was a fixture at the stadium to fans, scouts, coaches and players as he was known for his hospitality, professionalism and love of the game.
Served as the General Manager of the Elizabethton Twins for 20 years, from 1999-2018. Named Executive of the Year four times (2001, 2005, 2006, and 2011) and won Appalachian League Promotional Award twice (2003 and 2014). Served several seasons on League Executive Committee, won Appalachian League Community Service Award in 2017. Served as Baseball Chapel Representative and member of the Baseball Chapel Advisory Board for numerous seasons. Oversaw a $2.3 million renovation to the home clubhouse and a renovation to umpire's room and visiting clubhouse.
Served as vice president of Burlington Baseball Club, Inc for 23 years (1995-2018). During this time, staff claimed 8 League Executive of the Year Awards and club won Bob Freitas Award for Short Season. Appalachian League corporate secretary from 1995-2001 and on the league's executive committee for several seasons. Began Minor League Baseball career in 1987. Has been involved with clubs in Charleston, SC; Springfield, IL; Watertown, NY; Fayetteville, NC and Butte, MT. In 2018, the Kansas City Royals presented him with the Matt Minker Award for dedication and leadership. On January 1, 2019, he became Appalachian League President.
Played for Kingsport in 1974. Played 18 seasons in MLB. Won two NL MVP Awards (1982 & 1983). Named to 7 MLB All-Star Games. Won 4 Silver Slugger Awards and 5 Gold Glove Awards. He has earned several honors because of his integrity, character, and sportsmanship including, Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1985), "Sportman of the Year" (1987), Roberto Clemente Award(1988), Bart Giamatti Community Service Award (1991), and World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame (1991 Induction). Member of both Oregon and Georgia Sports HOF. Atlanta Braves HOF and his #3 are retired by Atlanta.
Played for Wytheville in 1961. Lead all organized baseball with .410 BA. In 249 AB, struck out only 22 times. Played in 64 games, hitting 10 HR with 81 RBI. Year later was in MLB playing for the Minnesota Twins (1962-1976). A member of the Twins initial HOF class in 2000. Had #6 retired by Twins on 7/14/91. Statue unveiled at Target Field on 4/8/11. Eight-time MLB all-star, AL Rookie of the Year in 1964. Gold Glove winner in 1966. 3-time AL Batting Champion. Only on-field team member to appear in all 3 Twins World Series: player on 1965, hitting coach 1987 and bench coach in 1991.
Played for Wytheville in 1960. Minnesota Twins Farm Director and Appalachian League Director 1986-2012. Long-time member of league's Executive Committee. From 1971-1985, he was Twins assistant minor league director. During his career, he developed generations of home-grown players that contributed to the Twins World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Winner of the inaugural Sheldon "Chief" Bender award in 2008 for his distinguished service in player development. Inducted into Minnesota Twins HOF in 2007.
Played for Martinsville in 1993. National League Rookie of the Year in 1997. Named to 7 MLB All-Star Games. Won 8 Gold Gloves. Won Silver Slugger Award in 2002. Member of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame (2019). On June 15, 2011, he became the 4th third baseman ever to have 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs, and 1,200 RBIs, along with Mike Scmidt, George Brett, and Chipper Jones.
Born in Bristol, Virginia, Jim managed Danville to a 41-25 record and first place finish in 2004. Coached Bluefield from 2007-2009 and served on the Board of Bristol Baseball for 2 years. Spent more than 50 years in professional baseball, all but three at the minor-league level. Was an MLB coach with Chicago Cubs (1975-76) and Oakland Athletics (1979). From 1973-2004, he managed the Angels, Cubs, Yankees, and Braves organizations.
Managed in Johnson City for three seasons (2009, 2010 and 2011), winning championships in 2010 and 2011. Named both Appalachian League and St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer manager of year in 2010. Won the George Kissell award for excellence in player development in the St. Louis organization. Managed AAA Memphis for two seasons before being named St. Louis Cardinals quality control coach in 2017. St. Louis Cardinals manager: 2018-2019. Named NL manager of year in 2019.
Played in 42 games for Bristol in 1975. By 1977, was in Detroit playing for Tigers where he remained through 1995. Named American League Rookie of the Year in 1978, hitting .285, with 71 runs, and .381 OBP. Five-time MLB All-Star. Won 4 Silver Slugger Awards. Won 3 Gold Gloves. One of only 19 players to hit a baseball over the roof of Tiger Stadium. Detroit Tigers scheduled to retire his #1 at an August 29, 2020 ceremony in Detroit.
Played for Kingsport in 2001, hitting .300 with 7 doubles, 4 home runs, 17 runs batted in and 9 stolen bases. Served as New York Mets captain from 2013-2018. Was a seven-time National League All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time Sliver Slugger recipient. Holds the Mets franchise record for hits (1,777), RBI (970), runs scored (949), doubles (390), total bases (2,945), extra base hits (658) and walks (762).