Britt Reames, Steven Jackson and Drew Meyer highlight the nominees for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2013.
Official ballots to vote on the candidates will be at Riley Park, home of the Charleston RiverDogs, beginning Thursday. Fans can also vote online by going to www.riverdogs.com.
Voting will end on Aug. 2, and the three individuals with the most votes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 9 prior to the RiverDogs’ game with the Rome Braves.
The eight nominees are:
H.A. “Pete” Ayoub
Ayoub, a Charleston native, was a three-year starter at Clemson and led the team in RBIs and batting as a sophomore. He was a first-team All-ACC pick as a senior with the Tigers. He was a baseball coach at North Charleston High School and led the school to three straight state titles from 1965-67.
Cook, who played at Middleton High School, pitched for Newberry College from 1977-80. He was named an NAIA first-team All-America in 1977. Cook was drafted in the fifth round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980 and got as high as Triple-A.
Cuyler was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968 and played for the minor league Charleston Pals in 1922 (131 games) at Hampton Park.
Cuyler played 18 seasons in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers.
He finished his career having played in 1,879 games with 2,299 hits, 1,305 runs, 128 home runs, 1,065 RBIs, 328 stolen bases and a .321 career average.
Irish Abney Danehay
Danehay was one of the most sought-after young catchers in the country in 1939 when the Cleveland Indians offered him a contract. Danehay was catching for the General Asbestos and Rubber Co. team in North Charleston. The start of World War II put an end to Danehay’s aspirations to play in the big leagues. He played minor league and semi-pro baseball until he was well into his 40s.
After pitching for Summerville High School, Jackson played at Clemson for four seasons from 2001-04. In his four years with the Tigers, Jackson compiled a 19-8 record.
He was taken in the 10th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004. In 2009, Jackson made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jackson pitched in 54.1 innings during 51 appearances with a 2-4 record and a 4.31 ERA.
Meyer, who played at Bishop England High School, was a first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2002. He played three seasons at South Carolina from 2000-02 before beginning a nine-year career in professional baseball, highlighted by a five-game stint in 2006 with the Texas Rangers.
Meyer helped lead the Gamecocks to the 2002 College World Series as a starting shortstop.
Proctor, a former Citadel pitcher, is the founder of the Charleston Chapter of The Miracle League. He also authored a book titled “Seasoned Rookie.”
Reames, a native of Hanahan, played at The Citadel and finished his college career with an 18-7 record and 2.03 ERA.
Reames was drafted in the 17th round by the St. Louis Cardinals, and in 2000 pitched for them in the National League Division Series against Atlanta and the NLCS against New York. Reames played six seasons in the majors for the Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Oakland Athletics and Pirates.
In 101 appearances in the major leagues, Reames was 7-13 with a 5.28 ERA. He struck out 204 batters in 218 innings.
Former Summerville and Clemson pitcher Steven Jackson played in the majors with Pittsburgh.×
South Carolina shortstop Drew Meyer, rear, takes the throw at second, forcing out Arkansas' Michael Conner (8), and tries to complete a double play in the second inning of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala., on Friday, May 24, 2002. The batter was safe at first. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)×
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