Coming Soon: The Florida State League Hall Of Fame

Our pal Jordi Scrubbings sent us a link today to a story announcing the establishment of the Florida State League Hall of Fame. Twenty players, managers, umpires, and front office personnel will be inducted in a ceremony in Daytona Beach on November 9.

The list of inductees is below, along with whatever information Baseball-Reference.com had on each player’s numbers in the FSL.

Johnny Bench (1965 Tampa Tarpons): .248 BA (53-214), 2 HR, .346 SLG
Rod Carew (1965 Orlando Twins): .303 BA (133-409), 20 2B, 8 3B, .392 SLG
Gary Carter (1972 West Palm Beach Expos): .320 BA (16-50), 2 2B, 2 3B, .440 SLG
Rollie Fingers (1965 Leesburg Athletics): 8-15 W-L, 2.98 ERA, 24 GS, 175 IP
James “Catfish” Hunter (1964 Daytona Islanders): No stats available
Ferguson Jenkins (1962/1963 Miami Marlins): 7-2 W-L, 0.97 ERA, 11 G/8 GS, 65 IP; 12-5 W-L, 3.41 ERA, 20 G/18 GS, 140 IP
Al Lopez (1925/1926 Tampa Smokers): .224 BA (30-124), 6 2B, .269 SLG; .315 BA (132-419), 18 2B, 12 3B, .422 SLG
Eddie Murray (1974 Miami Orioles): .289 BA (133-460), 29 2B, 7 3B, 12 HR, 63 RBI, .830 OPS
Stan Musial (1940 Daytona Islanders): .311 BA (126-405), 10 3B, .410 SLG

(Worth noting: in 1941, Musial got promoted to Class C and went all nutty – .379 BA, 26 HR, .739 SLG. He passed through AA and was in St. Louis by the end of the year.)

Jim Palmer (1967/1968 Miami Marlins): 1-1 W-L, 2.00 ERA, 5 GS, 27 IP, 16 SO; 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 8 IP
Cal Ripken, Jr. (1979 Miami Orioles): .303 BA (119-393), .417 SLG
Nolan Ryan (1967 Winter Haven Mets): 0-0 W-L, 2.25 ERA, 4 IP, 5 SO
Joe Tinker (1921 Orlando Tigers): .333 BA (1-3), 2B
Early Wynn (1937 Sanford Lookouts): 16-11 W-L, 3.41 ERA, 35 G/26 GS, 235 IP

(See those 235 innings pitched? He was seventeen-years-old.)

Stan Wasiak, manager (1970-72 Daytona Beach, 1980-86 Vero Beach): 746-625 W-L

(For some reason, in the press release, Wasiak was only listed as the manager of Vero Beach from 1983-86. BR.com had him managing in the FSL for the ten seasons noted above.)

John Lipon, manager (1960, 1988-92, Lakeland): 379-288 W-L
Mike Moore, general manager (Tampa Tarpons)
Harry Wendelstedt, Jr. (umpire)
Phil Cuzzi (umpire)
George Steinbrenner, Tampa Yankees (owner)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I have a Florida State League baseball with 6 autographs that I aquired through a yard sale many years ago. I can’t make out who the signatures belong to therefore I don’t know the value of the ball. Could someone please give me some advise on how I may go about gaining some infromation. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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  2. Smart, but entertaining, as are many of your blogs.
    I read through the archives over the past week, and I must say I think I’m found a new favorite.

    Reply

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