A day after he was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Roberto Alomar led the balloting for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted along with local philanthropist William Ackerman and former Wando High and Clemson pitcher Mike Kimbrell.
Formal induction into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame will take place on the field at Riley Park on Aug. 5 prior to the Charleston RiverDogs' 7 p.m. game against the Savannah Sand Gnats.
A member of the 1985 Charleston Rainbows at age 17, Alomar later spent 17 years in the majors with seven different teams. While in Charleston, he batted .293 with 54 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. He later became a 12-time major league All-Star who was the 1992 ALCS MVP (with Toronto) and the 1998 All-Star Game MVP (in Colorado as a member of the Orioles). He played in the 1992 and '93 World Series with Toronto. He played in 2,379 games and had a career batting average of .300.
Ackerman, a local philanthropist who kept professional baseball alive and thriving in Charleston when he owned the Charleston White Sox from 1959-61, had the opportunity but declined the chance to purchase the Chicago White Sox in the early 1960s. He died in 1999.
Kimbrell, a former standout pitcher at Wando High who lettered four times at Clemson from 1988-91, had a career record of 17-1 with a 3.63 ERA, including a perfect 11-0 mark as a senior with the Tigers.
He continues to hold the Clemson record for career winning percentage at 94.4 percent. Kimbrell played on teams that won Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles in 1988 and '91, the '89 and '91 ACC Tournaments. He also started a game in the '91 College World Series.
An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable and local volunteers was created to come up with nine names as potential nominees. Voting was conducted by the fans of the RiverDogs through an official ballot that appeared at the ball park and online.
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the RiverDogs.
The Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.