Fans of local baseball lore can continue to be a major part of the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame by nominating and voting for their favorite players, teams and coaches.
Created 10 years ago, the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame was designed to recognize those that have made significant contributions to baseball in the Lowcountry, and the nominating committee is now seeking recommendations for the Class of 2011.
Originally designed for professional players who played for the local professional team, the Hall of Fame five years ago was adjusted to include amateurs and teams, in addition to those who played in the major leagues.
An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable and local volunteers was created to come up with names as potential nominees. The group selects annually a maximum of 12 candidates for consideration and voting is conducted by fans. Ballots will be available online at www.riverdogs.com and Riley Park during RiverDogs home games.
A maximum of four individuals/teams that receive the most votes will be inducted during ceremonies prior to the RiverDogs' game on Aug. 5.
In the Hall of Fame's inaugural year in 2003, James Island's Gorman Thomas and Holly Hill's Willie Randolph were enshrined as the first members.
David Cone was inducted in 2004, and John Candelaria received the nod in 2005.
Ty Cline, Mike Cook, Gary McJunkin and coach Chal Port comprised the Hall of Fame's Class of 2006, marking the first time that amateurs and teams were considered for induction.
In 2007, the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars and The Citadel's 1990 College World Series team were inducted along with Modie Risher and Anthony Jenkins.
The Class of 2008 included Bryce Florie, Charley Smith, Richard Wieters and Danny Jones, while the Class of 2009 consisted of John Dodds, Jr., W.S. "Bull" Durham, Donald Morillo and Doug Pounder.
Last year, coach Fred Jordan, Lee Glaze, coach D.K. Walters and coach Kenny Wilkinson were inducted.
To nominate an individual or a team for consideration, forward appropriate support information to The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame, c/o Charleston RiverDogs, P.O. Box 20849, Charleston, S.C., 29413, or email it to email@example.com.