The Valley League Board of Directors has announced the fourth class of Hall of Fame inductees, to be installed at the 2019 Valley League All-Star game in Harrisonburg on July 7th.
This class was voted on by a seven-member committee, with 30 candidates receiving at least one vote. The 2019 inductees are Bruce Alger, Lorenzo Bundy, Mike Cubbage, Larry Dofflemyer, Jim Kite, Juan Pierre, and Mo Vaughn.
Hall of Fame bios are featured on the VBL website, valleyleaguebaseball.com, and the league is also planning to erect a permanent shrine for recognizing current and future inductees at Rebel Park in New Market.
Players nominated for their VBL achievements must have made significant contributions to the League as members of a organization and have been out of the league a minimum of five years. Nominees must have demonstrated good citizenship. Nominees can be considered for their VBL records, service provided to the league, or for their national exposure which brought recognition to the league.
Bruce Alger (Elected as Administrator)
Has dedicated 54 years to the Valley League and New Market Rebels… President/General Manager of New Market for over 20 years… helped lead the team to League championships in 2002 and 2018, with runner-up finishes in 1981 and 2003… has been the “Voice of the Rebels” for 46 years and almost 1,000 games… served on the League Board of Directors for over 25 years… was Vice President of the League seven years… elected Commissioner/President of the League in 2017, is currently in 3rd season in that role… is active in the community of New Market, winning “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” from the New Market Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
Lorenzo Bundy (Elected as player and distinguished career)
Played collegiately for JMU and in the Valley for the New Market Rebels… played eight seasons in the minor and Mexican leagues… hit 25 home runs for Alexandria of the Carolina League in 1983… managed for ten seasons in the minor and Mexican leagues… has held major league coaching positions for eight years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mike Cubbage (Elected as player and distinguished career)
Played for Charlottesville Hornets in 1968 and 1969… led the league in home runs in 1968 and batting average in 1969… played in the major leagues from 1974 to 1981 with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins… coached in the minor leagues from 1983 to 1989, winning regular season titles twice… coached in the major leagues for 14 years, including a stint as the interim manager of the New York Mets in 1991… worked as a scout in 2004, and 2006-2014 for the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays… since 2015 is Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Washington Nationals… elected to University of Virginia’s Hall of Fame in 2018.
Larry Dofflemyer (Elected as player and manager)
Played for Elkton Blue Socks in 1952 and 1954-1957… played for Shenandoah Indians 1958-1965.. was player-manager for Shenandoah in 1966… managed Shenandoah 1970-1975, winning two pennants and three championships… managed Waynesboro Generals 1979-1981… coached various sports and taught at Madison County, Nelson County, Shenandoah, Albemarle, and Page County High Schools for over thirty years.
Jim Kite (Elected as player and manager)
Played for Elkton Blue Sox in 1952… was player-manager of the Shenandoah Indians from 1960-1963, winning the Valley League title in 1960, 1961, and 1963… led the league with 11-3 record in 1963… played six years of professional baseball, from 1954-1959.
Juan Pierre (Elected as player and distinguished career)
Played for the Harrisonburg Turks in 1997… had 13-year major league career… won World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003… was 6th in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2000… Led the National League in hits twice, triples once, and stolen bases three times… Received votes for the MVP award in 2003 and 2004… stole 614 bases in his career, 18th all-time.
Mo Vaughn (Elected as player and distinguished career)
Played for the Harrisonburg Turks in 1987… had 12-year major league career, mostly with the Boston Red Sox… was an All-Star three times, in 1995, 1996, and 1998… won the American League MVP in 1995, and also received MVP votes in five other seasons… won Silver Slugger Award in 1995… 1996 May American League Player of the Month… Player of the Week five times… Led the American League in RBIs in 1995… 111th All-Time in career home runs with 328… .523 career slugging percentage is 57th all-time.
This also appears on valleyleaguebaseball.com.