Miracle Owner To Be Inducted Into League H.O.F.

Goldklang selected to the Florida State League Class of 2010

June 14, 2010 7:05 AM

FORT MYERS, FL (June 14, 2010)- Florida State League President Chuck Murphy announced today that Fort Myers Miracle principal owner Marv Goldklang is among the 2010 inductees into the Florida State League Hall of Fame. Goldklang will be honored at the induction ceremony on November 8, 2010 in Clearwater Beach.

Goldklang has been involved with the Miracle in the Florida State League for the past 20 years, including the last 19 in Fort Myers. His experience and energy has helped propel the Miracle to one of the premier clubs in the league.

He serves as Chairman of the Goldklang Group and is responsible for overseeing the activities of the four Minor League Clubs that the Group owns across the country. The clubs are well known for their personnel and in addition, his clubs have won every conceivable award given to professional sports operators. He is also part owner of the New York Yankees and his experience around the business of sports is extensive.

He holds a degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Masters of Laws degree from New York University. Following military service with the 11th Special Forces Group, Goldklang practiced law with the firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York, becoming a partner of the firm in 1974 specializing in corporate tax and investment banking transactions. He continued to practice law until 1983 when he left to accept the position of Senior Executive Vice President of a New York Stock Exchange company at which he focused on developing its leveraged buyout and asset management divisions.

Goldklang established his own merchant banking and private investment firm in 1986, which has included the Group among its activities. Goldklang played college baseball at Penn and has competed in 14 marathons.

He is married and has four children.


FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2010

PLAYERS

Sid Fernandez - In March of 1982 Fernanadez went 8-1 with a 1.91 ERA. Among his wins: two no hitters, one one-hitter, one two-hitter and one three-hitter. Fernandez had retired 48 men without a hit for Vero Beach, including a concluding no-hitter against Fort Lauderdale. Fernandez led the league in 1982 with a 137 strikeouts. Fernandez also holds the record for the most Strikeouts in a game (21).

Stanley Karpinski - In 1949, he worked 315 innings for St. Augustine and finished with the all-time record in W-L with a 29-5 record, led the league with a 1.56 ERA and racked up 276 strikeouts. Has the all-time record in shut-outs with 9.

Carlos Delgado - 133 G, 485 AB, 83 R, 157 H, 30-2B, 2-3B, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 2 SB, 59 BB, 91 K, .324 BA, .402 OBP, .579 SLG. His 30 HR were the most in FSL in 1992 and the fourth most ever in a single season in the league. He also led the league that year in RBI with 100. Carlos Delgado won the Florida State League MVP award in 1992. With over 450 home runs, he holds the all-time home run and RBI records among Puerto Rican Players. Delgado is a 3-time AL Silver Slugger Award (1999, 2000, 2003). He is 2-time AL All-Star (2000, 2003). In 2000 Carlos won the AL Hank Aaron Award. Also in 2006 Delgado won the Roberto Clemente Award.

Dan Keith - 136 G, 497 AB, 199 H, 38-2B, 6-3B, 10 HR, .400 BA, .561 SLG - Led the league in BA with .400 mark. Dan is the only player in FSL History to ever bat at or above .400 for a season. He also the led the league in RBI's in 1955 with 122.

MANAGERS

Jim Leyland - Managed for 11 seasons at the minor league level in the Tigers organization (1971-1981). He advanced to the postseason six times in the minors and won three league championships. Leyland was named manager of the year in the FSL in both 1977 and 1978 and the American Association in 1979. Overall- was in 3 consecutive League Championships in the Florida State League. Won in '76 and '77, lost in game 7 in 1978. He led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997. With the Tigers' victory in the 2006 American League Championship Series, Leyland has become the seventh manager in history to win pennants in both the National and American League. He is a 3-time Manager of the Year Award winner; twice in the National League (1990 and 1992), and once in the American League in 2006.

Felipe Alou - Managed the West Palm Beach Expos in the Florida State League for seven years, 1977, 1986-1991. Alou compiled a 541-399 record over that time. He led the Expos to the playoffs in five of those seven seasons. Alou was named the FSL manager of the year in 1990 after his team went 92-40. The West Palm Beach Expos won the FSL Title under Alou's guidance in 1991, his final year in the Florida State League. Alou became the winningest manager in Expos history, leading the team from 1992 to 2001. As a player, Fleipe Alou led the FSL in hitting in 1956 with a .380 batting average for Cocoa. During his 17-year career spent with the Giants, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Oakland, New York Yankees, and Montreal. Alou played all three outfield positions regularly, and led the National League in hits twice and runs once.

CHIEF EXECUTIVES

Terry Reynolds - Reynolds was promoted to director of player development with the Cincinnati Reds in December 2006 and to his current position as a senior director in October 2008. He joined the Reds organization in January 2004, when he was hired as director of amateur scouting. Prior to joining the Reds' front office, he spent 25 years in the Dodgers organization, most recently as their coordinator of minor league scouting/special-assignment scout. As GM of the Class A Vero Beach Dodgers, Reynolds was named the Florida State League Executive of the Year ('83) and the Florida Diamond Executive of the year ('86). He served as director of Dodgertown in 1988, assistant director of scouting for the Dodgers from 1991-'98, as well as coordinator of winter baseball from 1993-'96. In 1977 Reynolds graduated from Siena Heights (MI) College with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. A year later, he earned a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University. He and his wife, Marie, have a son, Jonathan, and daughter, Kathryn.

Charlie Blaney - Blaney spent eight years as general manager of Dodgers affiliates at the Class A, Double-A and Triple-A levels, and was twice named executive of the year. He spent the next 13 years a managing director of Dodgertown, the 450-acre facility that included a minor league team, 90-room baseball and football training facility, and 70 acres of citrus grove. Blaney spent the last 11 years of his career with the Dodgers, from 1987 to 1998, as their farm director. This was the span that included a World Series title and the development of five consecutive rookies of the year: Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Hideo Nomo and Todd Hollandsworth. "Charlie is a career baseball guy with an incredible personal history," Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner said. "You get all of the intangibles with Charlie: integrity, honesty and hard work. He knows baseball. He knows the business of baseball." Charlie is now the California League President and has been married for 43 years. He currently has 15 grandchildren.

OWNERS - In addition to Marv Goldklang:

Frank Decker - 84, a retired construction company owner, owned the Lakeland Tigers from 1972 until 1992. He built Joker Marchant Stadium and Tiger Town which in some quarters is called "the House that Frank built." He won three Florida State League Championships in 1976, 1978 and on the last game that he owned the club won the Florida State League Title in 1992. Decker was named the Florida State League Executive of the Year in 1977. He served on many Florida State League committees' during his ownership.

UMPIRE

Ed Hickox - Appointed to the ML staff in 2007...became a member of the AL staff in 1999...worked the 2007 NL Division Series (COL-PHL)...worked the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and worked the Tokyo round of the 2009 WBC...attended the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in 1983 and graduated as one of the outstanding students...continues to serve as an instructor at the Wendelstedt School, a role he began in 1984...umpired in the Gulf Coast League (1983), Florida State League (1983-85, 2004), Southern League (1986-87), Dominican Winter League (1988), Puerto Rican Winter league (1989), International League (1988-1997), Pacific Coast League (1988), New York Penn League (2002) and South Atlantic League (2003)...has worked over 1,300 major League games.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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