VBL Hall of Fame

The Valley League opened its Hall of Fame in 2016 with an inaugural group of eleven inductees.

The League released these parameters at the time:

Players nominated for their VBL achievements must have made significant contributions to the VBL as members of a team and have been out of the league a minimum of five years. Administrators and other individuals who have distinguished themselves in various VBL-related activities may be considered after being retired or disassociated from the VBL for a period of one year. 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.

The Hall of Fame will eventually be housed in New Market (it’s currently under construction).

Here are the year-by-year selections, along with each inductee’s writeup at the time. Keep in mind that some of the statistics will be outdated due to current involvements.

The League’s website also has this information- click here.

2019

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.

2019 Inductee Mike Cubbage (Photo by John Leonard)

2018

KEVIN ANDERSON

Coached the Winchester Royals for five seasons with one VBL championship… Coached the New Market Rebels for two years, reaching the playoffs in one season… Currently the head coach at Shenandoah University and has guided the Hornets to three Division III World Series appearances.

THADDEUS R. “TED” BOSIACK

Played and managed the Staunton Braves from 1953-1959, and again from 1973-1974… During that span he won three VBL championships and one Virginia Mountain League title… John Moxie Memorial Stadium ballpark in Staunton has since been dedicated as Ted Bosiack Field.

BILL BURKHOLDER

Managed the Harrisonburg Turks for three seasons, winning two VBL championships… Managed the Staunton Braves in 1964… Played one year of professional baseball and served four years as President of the VBL.

ROB MUMMAU

Played for the New Market Rebels from 1990-91 and in 1992 with the Winchester Royals…. In 1993, he was drafted in the 29th round by the Toronto Blue Jays…. Played nine seasons (1993-2001) in the Blue Jays organization and advanced as high as the Triple A level before retiring after the 2001 season… Was a lifetime .249 hitter with 27 home runs in 658 games… In 2002 he signed on with the Seattle Mariners as a full-time scout… Also managed in the Rookie League for three seasons and Low-A Level for four seasons in the Mariners’ minor league organization… In 2009 he received the Scout of the Year Award presented by the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association.

BILLY SAMPLE

Played for the Harrisonburg Turks… Played nine years in the majors with the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves… Finished his major league career with a .272 career batting average and 46 home runs… Named to the Topps All-Rookie Team in 1979 and was fifth in the American League in steals in 1983… Has worked as both a broadcaster and sportswriter since his retirement.

2018 Inductees (Photo by John Leonard)

2017

WAYNE COMER (Elected as Player and Distinguished Career)

Played for the Shenandoah Indians in 1961, winning a VBL championship… Won a World Series in 1968 with the Detroit Tigers, recording a hit in his only at-bat of the series… Played 12 seasons of professional baseball, including five in the majors with the Tigers (1967-68, 1972), Seattle Pilots (1969), Milwaukee Brewers (1970) and Washington Senators (1970)… Coached at Spotswood High School, winning a Valley District championship and Coach of the Year honors in 2000.

JOHN KRUK (Elected as Player and Distinguished Career)

Played for the New Market Rebels in 1981, leaving to join the San Diego Padres’ system before New Market’s VBL championship series appearance that year… Played 10 seasons in the majors with the Padres, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox… Was named to the National League All-Star team in 1991, 1992 and 1993… Currently works as a broadcaster with the Phillies, following a long run as an ESPN analyst on Baseball Tonight.

CLAUDE “C.C.” MICHAEL (Elected as Administrator)

Served as VBL president from 1946 to 1967… Oversaw the reorganization of the league in 1946… Also served as the first commissioner of the Rockingham County Baseball League and as president of the Virginia Mountain League… The VBL MVP award was named after him in 1972.  In his years as president of the VBL, Mr. Michael would go to Spring Training in Florida each year and beg MLB general managers to give him bats and ball.  He usually returned to Harrisonburg with at least two dozen baseballs and three dozen bats for every team in the league.  This was the beginning of the VBL getting grant money later from MLB.

SAM PERLOZZO (Elected as Player and Distinguished Career)

Played for the Waynesboro Generals and New Market Rebels… Served as manager of the Baltimore Orioles for 300 games from 2005-2007… Has also been an assistant coach with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies… Won a World Series ring in 1990 with Cincinnati… Played in the majors in 1977 with the Minnesota Twins and in 1979 with the San Diego Padres.

EARL SHIRKEY (Elected as Administrator)

Longtime scorekeeper for the Harrisonburg Turks… Elected to the Harrisonburg High School Hall of Fame after working at their basketball scorer’s table for 51 years… Also a longtime clock operator for the James Madison basketball teams… Has volunteered over 10,000 hours at Rockingham Memorial Hospital… Taught at Asbury Methodist Church for 31 years.

MARION “BO” TRUMBO (Elected as Player and Distinguished Career)

Played for the New Market Rebels… Employed as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners, and worked for the Major League Scouting Bureau… Was named the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association’s Supervisory Scout of the Year in 1996… Has been elected to the Salem-Roanoke Baseball and Bridgewater College Athletic Halls of Fame.

MAYNARD “MO” WEBER (Elected as Coach)

Coached baseball for over 65 years, including the final 17 as hitting coach for the New Market Rebels… Served as the head coach at The College of William and Mary in 1965 and again from 1978-1981… Was later the General Manager of the Peninsula Pilots, a White Sox affiliate in the Carolina League… The VBL Coach of the Year award was named after him in 2008… His #1 jersey has been retired by the New Market Rebels.

2017 Inductees Comer, Weber, Perlozzo, Trumbo (Photo by John Leonard)

2016

DAVE BIERY (Elected as Administrator)

Served as President and Commissioner of the Valley League from 1985-2012… Oversaw the expansion of the league from six to 12 teams during his tenure… The VBL became a founding member of the National Association of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) during his time… Oversaw the league’s move to wooden bats, and served as vice president of the National Alliance of Collegiate Summer Baseball.

JIM LINEWEAVER (Elected as Administrator)

Namesake of the league championship trophy… He first worked in the league as Harrisonburg’s Business Manager in 1934 and was a member of the VBL Board of Directors from 1963-1990… Along with several decades in the front office of the Harrisonburg Turks, he held various administrative roles with the league, including Public Relations Director, Executive Vice President and Executive Secretary… Still active in the league when he passed away on January 3, 1990.

JIM PHILLIPS (Elected as Administrator)

Has worked for the Winchester Royals franchise for 38 years… Winchester has won 13 VBL championships during that time… Served as the Valley League Treasurer from 1996-2012, and Media Relations Director in 1998… Treasurer of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball from 2004-2010… Represented the VBL at the ABCA Convention for 15 years… Recognized by the Middle Atlantic MLB Scouting Association for contributions to amateur baseball.

BOB WEASE (Elected as Player)

Played seven seasons in the Valley League, with the Harrisonburg Turks (1960, 1968), New Market Rebels (1961-63, 1967) and Shenandoah Indians (1969)… Reached the championship series in 1963 and 1968… Won eight Rockingham County League titles as a player and one as a manager… Elected to the RCBL Hall of Fame in 2013… Currently serves as owner and manager of the Harrisonburg Turks.

DAYTON MOORE (Elected as Distinguished Career)

Managed the Winchester Royals from 1992-93 after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach, winning Valley League championships in 1992 and 1993… General Manager of the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals… GM at Kansas City since 2006… Began his professional career with the Atlanta Braves organization in 1994 and moved up to Assistant General Manager in 2005… Won the American League pennant in 2014… Finished second that year in The Sporting News’ MLB Executive of the Year voting.

JIMMY KEY (Elected as Distinguished Career)

Played for the Winchester Royals in 1980, winning the Valley League championship that year… Played 15 seasons in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles… Won World Series titles with the Blue Jays in 1992 and Yankees in 1996… Four-time MLB All-Star (1985, 1991, 1993, 1994)… Led the majors in ERA in 1987… Won a league-leading 17 games in 1994… Led Clemson to a 1980 College World Series appearance.

DAVID ECKSTEIN (Elected as Distinguished Career)

1996 member of the Harrisonburg Turks… Played 10 seasons in the majors with five teams (Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres)… MVP of the 2006 World Series… Also won a championship with the Angels four years earlier… MLB All-Star in 2005 and 2006… First team All-American, two-time Academic All-American, and 1996 College World Series participant with the Florida Gators… Member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame.

JOHNNY OATES (Elected as Distinguished Career)

Played for the Waynesboro Generals in 1965 and 1966… Played 11 seasons in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees… Played in two World Series with the Dodgers (1977, 1978)… Managed four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and seven seasons with the Texas Rangers… Named American League Manager of the Year in 1996… Also earned Sporting News A.L. Manager of the Year accolades in 1993… Inducted into both the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers team Halls of Fame.

CHARLES “TOOTIE” GEIL (Elected as Administrator)

Played nine seasons in the Valley League for three different teams… Played for the Linville Patriots (1946-49), New Market Rebels (1950) and Harrisonburg Turks (1951, 1954-56)… Won three championships as a player, with the Patriots in 1948 and the Turks in 1951 and 1955… Then served as the league’s Secretary/Treasurer from 1958-64 and 1971-2000, where he is credited with making numerous improvements to the league’s financial structure.

JOHN RADOSEVICH (Elected as Player)

Member of the Harrisonburg Turks in 1963 and 1964, winning a VBL championship in 1964…Threw a no-hitter in the playoffs on August 15, 1964 vs. Craigsville… Named league MVP in 1964 after compiling a 16-1 record… Played three seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league system… Led West Virginia University to the NCAA tournament in 1964 and 1965… Still holds his school’s records for career strikeouts (339), single season strikeouts (123) and single game strikeouts (22)… Elected to the WVU Hall of Fame in 2010.

MIKE BOCOCK (Elected as Manager)

Managed in the Valley League for 23 seasons with five different franchises… Won a league-record seven championships as a head coach, reaching 13 championship series and taking home 13 pennants… Earned VBL titles with New Market (1989), Staunton (1995, 1999), Luray (2006, 2008, 2010) and Waynesboro (2013)… 2005 VBL Coach of the Year… Had a career record of 535-388 in the regular season and 85-54 in the postseason… Currently serves as the Commissioner of the Rockingham County Baseball League.

THE INAUGURAL HOF CLASS (Photo by Haymarket Joe)