The Triple-A International League
announced its 2013 Hall of Fame class on Tuesday, featuring manager Larry Parrish and players Mack Jones and Don Richmond. The latter two honorees have been inducted posthumously.
The addition of the three inductees brings the total membership of the International League Hall of Fame to 110.
The IL Hall of Fame was established in 1947 but was dormant from 1964 until the league's 125th anniversary season in 2008. After a three-year transition period during which 50 inductees were chosen by a committee, this year's class marks the third chosen by the Hall's ongoing standard: each new class will consist of the top three vote-getters who also appear on a majority of the ballots submitted by living Hall of Famers, longtime executives, broadcasters and members of the media.
Signed by the Milwaukee Braves as a non-drafted free agent in 1958, outfielder Mack Jones played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (Braves) in 1962-63 and Syracuse Chiefs (Tigers) in 1964. His 1964 All-Star campaign remains one of the greatest in Syracuse team history: Jones still holds the modern-era single-season record for runs scored (109), total bases (336), triples (18) and RBIs (102). He led the circuit in homers (39), RBIs and runs.
Jones played for the Atlanta Braves in 1965, clubbing 31 homers and driving in 75 runs. After being traded to the Reds in 1967, he was the second player chosen by the Montreal Expos in the 1968 expansion draft and later became the first player to hit a Major League home run in Canada. Jones passed away at his Atlanta home in 2004.
After a big league career that spanned 15 seasons and 1,891 games with the Expos, Rangers and Red Sox, Larry Parrish became a heralded coach and manager in the Detroit Tigers organization. Parrish took over the Toledo Mud Hens on May 2, 1994, and guided them to a 56-62 record. Following a year-plus stint as the Tigers' big league manager in 1998-99, Parrish returned to Toledo from 2003-2006 and 2008-2010, where he led the Mud Hens to back-to-back Governors' Cup titles in 2005 and 2006. Parrish served as the Atlanta Braves' hitting coach in 2011 but is slated to return to the Tigers organization as Class A West Michigan's manager in 2013.
Parrish is Toledo's all-time leader in wins with 569 and earned 2005 IL Manager of the Year honors.
Don Richmond's pro career began as a 20-year-old with Batavia of the Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League in 1940. He appeared in nine big league games with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941 but was soon sidelined by World War II and did not return to the game until 1946, when he hit .292 with Toronto in the IL. After stints with Birmingham of the Southern Association (1947) and Toledo of the American Association (1948), Richmond returned to the International League in 1949. He played for Rochester for the next five seasons, reeling off a tremendous streak of hitting at age 30.
Richmond was named to the IL All-Star team in 1950 after hitting .333/.404/.520 with a career-high 99 RBIs and 126 runs scored. He won the IL batting crown again the following season with a .350 average and hit .329 as the Red Wings won the Governors' Cup in 1952. Richmond was part of another IL championship team with Syracuse in 1954 and finished out his International League career with Miami in 1956. In 1957 he returned to Batavia, 18 years later, and hit .381 as a player-manager.
Richmond hit .327 over five seasons with Rochester, good for fifth among the club's all-time batting leaders and remains the Red Wings' only two-time batting champion. He posted a .315 career average in just less than 1,000 International League games. Richmond passed away in Elmira, N.Y., in 1981.