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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. 

Inaugural Class

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.