Baseball fans can begin casting votes today to determine who will be inducted into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2012.
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame advisory committee released the list of candidates Tuesday. Ballots will be at Riley Park beginning today or fans can vote by going to www.riverdogs.com. Voting will conclude on Aug. 3 and the top three individuals with the most votes will be inducted prior to the RiverDogs’ game on Aug. 10.
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.
The finalists, in alphabetical order, for the Class of 2012:
•Pete Ayoub: A Charleston native who attended Clemson on a baseball scholarship and who was a three-year starter. He returned to North Charleston High to coach and led his baseball teams to three consecutive state championships (1965-67). He served as assistant executive director of the SCHSL from 1980-86 and was executive director from 1986 until 1998.
•Tim Cook: A Middleton High School graduate who pitched at Newberry (1977-80) and set numberous team records including most wins in a season (11), He played on the USA World Cup Team that won a silver medal and played in the ’77 NAIA World Series. He was drafted in the 5th round by the Brewers (’80); reached AAA for the Brewers and Padres. He is a member of the Newberry Athletic Hall of Fame.
• Kiki Cuyler: A member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame (1968), the late Kiki Cuyler 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. His career totals were 1,879 games, 2,299 hits, 1,305 runs, 128 homers, 1,065 RBIs, 328 stolen bases and a .321 career average.
•Gettys Glaze: A James Island native who was a standout on The Citadel’s 1990 College World Series team, Glaze is one of the few players ever to pitch and catch in the same game of the CWS. He was a 15th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1992 and inducted in 2007 as a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame.
• Tom Hatley: The longtime (24 years) James Island High baseball coach led the Trojans to AAA state titles in 1994 and 1996. He also served as an assistant coach to Citadel coach Chal Port (1981-83, 89-91). He continues to coach at James Island Charter High, where he has more than 453 wins. He is a past president of the S.C. High School Baseball Coaches Association.
• Joseph P. Riley, Jr.: In his 10th term as Charleston’s mayor, Riley is one of the Lowcountry’s best promoters of baseball. He spearheaded the construction of Riley Park and was enshrined in the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame this year.
• John Rhodes: Charleston native coached high school baseball at Wando and Bishop England. He served as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds, guided several local American Legion teams to state championships, and is the director and coach of the Diamond Devils, a nationally recognized travel baseball program he founded in 1999. He is a member of the Continental Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame.
• Britt Reames: A hard-throwing right-hander from Hanahan, Reames finished his Citadel career with an 18-7 record and 2.03 ERA. He was drafted in the 17th round by the Cardinals in 2000 and 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.