Capital District Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, golf outing and a helping hand!
On Sunday 10/28, members of the Capital Region baseball community gathered together to celebrate the history of baseball in this area while inducting a new class into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame.
The event was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. The room was decorated with memorabilia, photos & jerseys.
24 were inducted, seven of which are deceased. The list includes Baltimore Orioles prospect and Troy native Joe Mahoney, former minor leaguer/scout/New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, former Albany-Colonie Diamond Dog/Adirondack Lumberjack/current UAlbany baseball head coach Jon “Bam Bam” Mueller, long-time Capital District umpire Brendan Ryan, scouts John Stewart and John Stokoe, among many others.
Mahoney couldn’t make the induction ceremony because he had to fly back to Baltimore ahead of Hurricane Sandy, but his father and sister graciously accepted the award on his behalf.
Former Governor Mario Cuomo couldn’t attend either, but he did send a nice letter thanking the nomination committee as well as congratulating all of the inductees. His son/current NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo also sent a letter congratulating the inductees.
Here is a photo of the former Governor, Mario Cuomo as a member of the St. Johns University baseball team:
The night was filled with storytelling and tears from memories of the past. It perfectly exemplified how baseball is such a tight-knit community where friendships are formed, and last forever.
It also proves that the Capital District has such a long history with the game of baseball. From the Troy Haymakers and Albany Senators, to the Albany-Colonie Yankees and Tri-City ValleyCats.
On this night, our President/Principal Owner Bill Gladstone was honored with the Johnny Evers Community Contributor Award. Bill was also unable to attend due to the storm, but sent a letter of thanks that was read by Master of Ceremonies Rodger Wyland. ValleyCats General Manager Rick Murphy graciously accepted the award on his behalf.
The final inductee of the night was UAlbany baseball head coach Jon “Bam Bam” Mueller. A native of Stillwater, Mueller played professionally in the minor leagues from 1994-2000 in the Northeast and Northern Leagues with the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, Adirondack Lumberjacks and Marshall (Minn.) Mallards.
His speech provided the most entertainment of the evening and stirred up many laughs from the over 300 in attendance.
Overall, it was a special event and a very interesting evening. None of it would have been possible if it were not for the efforts of Rene LeRoux, the Executive Director of the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. Rene puts in countless hours doing research on possible candidates, as well as planning the induction ceremony.
Here are a few more photos from the event:
Last week we also had our annual Front Office Golf Open at the Stadium Golf Course in Schenectady. The venue was a perfect tie-in, as the grounds used to be home to McNearney Stadium and the Schenectady Blue Jays.
Here is a photo of the old stadium and the 1947 team, hanging on the wall inside the clubhouse:
As well as the certificate of membership into the Eastern League:
As for the golf, the office was split up into four teams, playing a scramble format. It was a tight competition, as the winning team won by just one stroke (-3).
The winning team consisted of Client Service Assistants Scott Hildreth and Greg Dietz, GM Rick Murphy and Media/Production Manager Chris Chenes.
Here’s a group shot from just off of the 18th tee:
Last, but certainly not least, we are all aware of the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused to our friends downstate. One of the hardest hit areas was Coney Island in Brooklyn.
The homes of some front office staffers from the Cyclones were severely damaged, so the Hudson Valley Renegades organized a group of volunteers to go down and help them out.
We assisted by sending a truck full of extra generators, air blowers, extension chords and gasoline down to the Renegades to take with them to Brooklyn.
The New York-Penn League is a tight community, and although our teams may be rivals on the field, our front office teams are very close off the field. Our thoughts are with all those effected, and we hope for a speedy recovery.