Alomar tops Charleston hall ballot
Voting has begun for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2011.
This year's ballot, which includes nine candidates, is available at the Riley Park guest services booth during Charleston RiverDogs home games. Fans can also vote online at riverdogs.com. Voting will conclude July 22, and the three candidates with the most votes will be enshrined Aug. 5 prior to the RiverDogs' game against Savannah.
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame, coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs, is located inside Riley Park.
These are the candidates for the 2011 class:
--Bill Ackerman -- A local philanthropist who kept professional baseball alive and thriving in Charleston when he owned the Charleston White Sox from 1959-61. He had the opportunity but declined the chance to purchase the Chicago White Sox. (Deceased)
--Roberto Alomar -- A member of the Charleston Rainbows (1985) as a 17-year old who later spent 17 years in the majors playing for the Padres, Blue Jays, Orioles, Indians, Mets, White Sox and Diamondbacks. He is a 2011 inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame and was a 12-time All-Star who was the 1992 ALCS MVP (with Toronto) and the 1998 All-Star Game MVP.
--Tim Cook -- Middleton High grad who pitched at Newberry ('77-'80), where he set several school records. He played on the USA World Cup team and in the 1977 NAIA World Series. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Brewers in 1980 and reached Triple-A for the Brewers and the Padres. He is a member of the Newberry Athletic Hall of Fame.
--Kiki Cuyler -- A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame (1968) who played for the minor league Charleston Pals in 1922 (131 games) at Hampton Park. He was an outfielder for 18 seasons (1921-38) with the Pirates, Cubs, Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers. Career totals were 1,879 games, 2,299 hits, 1,305 runs, 128 home runs, 1,065 RBIs, 328 stolen bases and a .321 career average. (Deceased)
--Irish Abney Danehay -- One of the most sought-after young catchers in the country in 1939 when the Cleveland Indians offered him a contract. He was catching for the General Asbestos and Rubber Co. team in North Charleston at the time and had one more year of college. World War II put an end to his aspirations to play big league ball but he played minor league and semi-pro baseball until he was well into his 40s. (Deceased)
--Robert Drose -- Longtime coach in the St. Andrews Playground area from 1962-1982, he was inducted into its Hall of Fame for his many contributions as a volunteer coach and fundraiser. He coached for many years with the West Ashley American Legion team and tirelessly shared his love of baseball with many younger coaches and players. (Deceased)
--Mike Kimbrell -- A former standout pitcher at Wando High who lettered four times at Clemson from 1988-91. He had a career record of 17-1 with a 3.63 ERA, including a perfect 11-0 mark as a senior. He played on teams that won ACC regular season titles in 1988 and '91, the '89 and '91 ACC tournaments and started a game in the '91 College World Series.
--Britt Reames -- A hard-throwing right-hander who finished his Citadel career with an 18-7 record and 2.03 ERA. The Hanahan native was drafted in the 17th round by the Cardinals and in 2000 pitched for them in the NLDS against Atlanta and the NLCS against New York. He played six years in the majors for the Cardinals, Expos, Athletics and Pirates. He was inducted in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
--Alfred von Kolnitz -- Former College of Charleston baseball player who later served as athletics director for the College in the 1930s. He also played three seasons of major league baseball (Reds in 1914-15 and White Sox in 1916). He played in 115 career games with 48 hits in 226 at bats (.212 average). (Deceased)