Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame polls remain open but the voting deadline is 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. Three of the seven candidates selected by the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame advisory committee will make the Class of 2014 cut with enshrinement at an Aug. 15 Charleston RiverDogs-Rome Braves game at Riley Park.
Two of the inductees will be chosen through fan voting while the committee will vote in one member.
Ballots are available at Riley Park and on the RiverDogs' website at<URL destination="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKFNvSFRgqk"> www.riverdogs.com.
</URL>The 2014 candidates, in alphabetical order:
H.A. "Pete" Ayoub, a Charleston native, attended Clemson on a baseball scholarship and was a three-year starter. Ayoub was a first-team All-ACC second baseman as a senior. He later coached North Charleston High School to three consecutive state championships in 1965, 1966 and 1967 and served as Executive Director of the S.C. High School League from 1986 until his retirement in 1998. Ayoub was enshrined in the S.C. Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
Lee Curtis hit .404 in his two seasons at the College of Charleston, still the best in program history and third in Southern Conference history. He won the SoCon Player of the Year award in 2002 and 2003. Curtis earned All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2002 and 2003.
Kiki Cuyler is member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (1968) who played for the minor league Charleston Pals in 1922 (131 games) at Hampton Park. The late Cuyler was an outfielder for 18 seasons (1921-38) with the Pirates, Cubs, Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers. Roberto Alomar, Charleston Hall of Fame Class of 2011, is the only other National Baseball Hall of Famer who played for a Charleston team. Cuyler had 2,299 hits, 1,305 runs, 128 home runs, 1,065 RBIs, 328 stolen bases and a .321 career average.
Reese Havens was a three-year starter at South Carolina from 2006-08. He had 215 career hits, currently 18th most in school history. Havens hit .298 for his career with 27 homers and 140 RBIs. As a junior in 2008, he earned third-team All-America honors and second-team All-SEC recognition. Havens was picked in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft as the No. 22 overall selection by the New York Mets. Havens retired from professional baseball in January after a series of injuries.
David Hoffman began his umpiring career at Parks Field in Summerville in 1974 and coached Little League for two years before deciding to move to umpiring with a career lasting from 1974-2013. He called more than 4,000 college, high school and summer games in his career. Hoffman has umpired the NAIA Regional 6 Tournament, the Southern Conference Tournament and the Big South Tournament. He also has called two NCAA Division II Regionals and the Division II World Series in 1989, 1991 and 1996.
Billy Swails Jr. is a Mount Pleasant native who was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. A three-time member of the All-Southern Conference team as a second baseman, Swails earned a spot as a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association All-America Team in 1989. He is a member of the Class of 1989.
Torre Tyson, a Mount Pleasant resident, is the winningest manager in Charleston RiverDogs history having gone 232-186 (.556 percentage) over three seasons. The record includes 80 wins during the 2008 season. A graduate of the University of Missouri where he played second base, Tyson was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1998. He played in the Red Sox's organization in 1998-99. Signed by the New York Yankees, he made the South Atlantic League All-Star team in 2000 for the Greensboro Bats. Tyson was the RiverDogs' hitting coach in 2005-2006 and manager from 2007-09. Currently, he is a coach for the Frederick Keys in the Orioles' farm system.
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs. An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable and local volunteers was created to come up with the names as potential nominees and is always open to suggestions.
The Hall of Fame, located at Riley Park, includes the following inductees:
Steven Jackson, Drew Meyer, Britt Reames.
Gettys Glaze, Tom Hatley, John Rhodes.
Bill Ackerman, Roberto Alomar, Mike Kimbrell.
Lee Glaze, Fred Jordan, D.K. Walters, Kenny Wilkinson.
John Dodds, Jr., W.S. "Bull" Durham, Donald Morillo, Doug Pounder.
Bryce Florie, Danny Jones, Charley Smith, Richard Wieters.
1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Star Team, 1990 Citadel World Series Team, Anthony Jenkins, Modie Risher.
Ty Cline, Mike Cook, Gary McJunkin, Chal Port.
Willie Randolph, Gorman Thomas.
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