The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame's advisory committee has released its candidates for the Class of 2013, and enshrinement will be conducted by voting from local fans.
Official ballots will be at Riley Park beginning on Thursday, June 13 and on-line voting will also be available via a link posted at RiverDogs.com.
Voting will conclude on Friday, Aug. 2. On Friday, Aug. 9, the top three individuals with the most votes will be inducted prior to the RiverDogs' game against the Rome Braves.
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 Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The finalists, in alphabetical order, for the Class of 2013 include:
· Steven Jackson: After pitching for Summerville High, Jackson played at Clemson for four seasons (2001-04) despite being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 38th round of the 2000 MLB Draft; he was also drafted after his junior season with the Tigers by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round but stayed in school; in his four years as a Tiger, Jackson put together a record of 19-8; his professional career began in the Arizona Diamondbacks' system after he was a 10th round pick by them in 2004; he spent three seasons in their minor league program before being traded to the New York Yankees in January 2007 as part of the Randy Johnson trade; in 2009, Jackson was called up to the majors for the first time by the Yankees but never got into a game; he was then designated for assignment by the club and he was selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates where he made his major league debut on June 1 against the New York Mets; Jackson would spend the next year and a half going between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis; he began the 2011 season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization before signing with the Cincinnati Reds and finally being traded back to the Pirates; during his time in the majors, Jackson pitched in 54.1 innings during 51 appearances with a 2-4 record and a 4.31 ERA.
· Drew Meyer: Bishop England High graduate; a 2002 All-American at South Carolina and was the first-round pick in the 2002 Draft by the Texas Rangers; played three seasons at South Carolina from 2000-02 before beginning a nine-year career in professional baseball highlighted by a stint in 2006 with the Texas Rangers; the 2000 and 2002 teams at South Carolina that Meyer played on won the SEC Championship with the `02 squad reaching the College World Series and earning national runner-up honors; the shortstop was a 2002 second-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Collegiate Baseball as well as third-team All-American by Baseball America. He twice was named All-SEC including a first-team selection in 2002; he played in 209 games in a three-year career and missed only one game; he still holds single-season records at Carolina from 2002 for at bats (334), hits (120) and singles (86) as well as tied for the record in games played (75) with three others from the 2002 squad; he is the only player in Carolina history to start 75 games in a season.
Last year's class included Gettys Glaze, Tom Hatley and John Rhodes while the 2011 group was comprised of Bill Ackerman, Roberto Alomar and Mike Kimbrell. The 2010 Class included Lee Glaze, Fred Jordan, D.K. Walters and Kenny Wilkinson while the 2009 group included John Dodds, Jr., W.S. "Bull" Durham, Donald Morillo and Doug Pounder.
The Class of 2008 featured Richard Wieters, Danny Jones, Charlie Smith and Bryce Florie while the Class of 2007 included the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA team and The Citadel's 1990 College World Series team, Anthony Jenkins and Modie Risher. Ty Cline, Mike Cook, Gary McJunkin and Coach Chal Port comprised the Hall of Fame's Class of 2006. It marked the first time that amateurs and teams were considered for induction.
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.
CHARLESTON BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
2012 – Gettys Glaze
2011 – Bill Ackerman
2010 – Lee Glaze
2009 – John Dodds, Jr.
W.S. "Bull" Durham
2008 – Bryce Florie
2007 – 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Star Team
1990 Citadel World Series Team
2006 – Ty Cline
2005 – John Candelaria
2004 – David Cone
2003 – Willie Randolph