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 Keep in mind that some of the statistics will be outdated due to current involvements.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.

2021

TOM BROWNING

Pitched for New Market in 1980 and 1981… was picked in the 9th round of the 1982 draft by the Cincinnati Reds… made his major league debut on September 9, 1984… pitched in the major leagues for 12 years… finished with a career record of 123-90, 3.94, with exactly 1,000 strikeouts in 1,921 major league innings… won 20 games as a rookie in 1985, and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting and sixth in Cy Young voting… was named to the National League All-Star team in 1991… won his only start in the World Series  in 1990, when the Reds defeated the Oakland A’s in four games… was named the Pitcher of the Month in August 1989, and Pitcher of the Week three times… led the National League in games started four times… threw the 12th perfect game in Major League history against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16, 1988… retired after the 1995 season… was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2006.

CURT DUDLEY

Probably the most recognizable voice in the entire league. All who have attended a Turks game or listened to a local radio station in almost the last 40 years would recognize his professional voice… a graduate of Bridgewater College in 1983, Dudley began working for the Harrisonburg Turks in the same year. He became the Public Address Announcer in 1987, making 2021 his 34th year as the Voice of the Turks… supervises teams of interns each summer… served as the League’s media and public relations director and statistician from 1993 to 2004, helping to usher the League into the computer age…was the sports information director at Bridgewater College from 1980 to 1988, developing the foundation for what became the first full-time SID position at his alma mater. He was also a part-time announcer for Gilmore and then Verstanding Broadcasting during that same time period…Is the director of Broadcast Services Emeritus (as of June 1, 2021), a role which entailed the traditional responsibilities of a sports information director as well as developing radio programming, assisting with commercial broadcasts and ultimately employing creative ways of using new media as it evolves into multimedia…Before his current role at JMU, he was an assistant sports information director at the university from 1988-2006. He served as the primary contact for baseball, men’s cross country and indoor track and field, wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and volleyball.  He was the secondary contact for football and men’s basketball.  He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, the Virginia Sports Information Directors and the Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Although retired full-time from JMU, will remain the All-Sports Voice of the Dukes for television and online video productions.

STEVE FINLEY

Coming from Southern Illinois University, played for the Harrisonburg Turks in 1985… played for Team USA in the Amateur World Series in 1986… was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1987… made his major league debut on April 3, 1989… played in the major leagues for 19 years, for eight different organizations… finished his career with 2,548 hits, including 449 doubles, 124 triples, 304 home runs, and 320 stolen bases… is one of only two players in history with 300 home runs, 425 doubles, 100 triples, and 300 stolen bases, joining Willie Mays… was the winner of five Gold Gloves in the outfield, was an All-Star twice (in 1997 and 2000), and received MVP votes after the 1996 and 2004 seasons… won World Series title with Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001… is 78th in career total bases with 4,157.

BRETT GARDNER

Played for New Market in 2003 after his sophomore season at College of Charleston… was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round in 2005 after a senior season in which he hit .447/.506/.571 and stole 38 bases…made his major league debut on June 30, 2008, stealing a base…has become a mainstay in New York over the last 14 seasons, playing in over 1,600 games… was named to the All-Star game in 2015, and won a Gold Glove in left field in 2016… his 270 steals place him fourth among active players…won a World Series title with the Yankees in 2009… won three American League Player of the Week awards, June 9, 2013, August 3rd, 2014, and June 28, 2015…led the American League with 49 stolen bases in 2011 and ten triples in 2013… is known for his speed and excellent outfield defense.

RUFUS HEATWOLE

Upon his retirement in the 1930’s, he was considered the best baseball player to have come from Harrisonburg… played the sport in the Shenandoah Valley for at least 26 years and over 750 games… helped spread the popularity of baseball throughout the Valley…played for Shenandoah College (then located in Dayton, Virginia) in 1919… played for Harrisonburg in the inaugural season of the Shenandoah Valley Baseball League in 1922… played one year of pro ball in 1924… won three titles with Harrisonburg in the Valley League, along with four titles in the Bi-County Series (one with Harrisonburg, two with Dayton, and one with Weyers Cave.

CHARLIE JONES

Owned the Generals in the 70’s and 80’s, fulfilling many roles, including recruiting, taking tickets at the park, treasurer, and hosting players… had an office in downtown Waynesboro from which he ran the team… some credit him with “saving” baseball in Waynesboro… loved baseball his whole life; he won a trip to New York when he was 12 years old to watch the Yankees (by selling enough copies of the Richmond Times Dispatch), and a Generals hat was placed in his casket upon his death on September 8, 1990…served the US in WWII as one of the Merrill’s Marauders in the South-East Asian Theater… worked for Dupont for more than 30 years.

ERIK KRATZ

From Eastern Mennonite University, Kratz played for Waynesboro in 2000 and Harrisonburg in 2001…set an NCAA Division III record for career doubles… picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round of the 2002 June Amateur Draft, becoming the first (and only) player from EMU to be drafted… made his major league debut on July 17, 2010, at age 30… went on to play in the majors for parts of 11 seasons, for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, and Tampa Bay Rays…appeared in 332 major league games, and hit 36 doubles, 31 home runs, and drove in 105 runs… received a World Series ring for his role with the Kansas City Royals in 2015… helped the Brewers advance to the National League Championship Series in 2018 by getting five hits in eight at-bats in the Divisional Series, with a double, run scored, and two RBIs… in an iconic moment in that postseason, a group of Kratz’s college friends attended one of the Brewers’ home games, each wearing a different major league uniform that Kratz had worn in his career. He was unaware of their plan, and his meeting with them was an emotional moment… in 2019, he was named to the United States national baseball team for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier 12 tournament. He batted .381/..435/.714 with two home runs and three RBI, and was named the best catcher in the tournament… was well known as an excellent mentor for young pitchers…retired at age 40 after the 2020 season.

KEITH LUPTON

Was the original owner of the Winchester Royals in 1979… owned the team for three years (1979-1981), and the Royals won the VBL championship each year…35 players were drafted during his ownership… before baseball, was a radio broadcaster in Winchester with WHPL, for which he was a DJ, Manager, Play by PLay Announcer, and Sports Show Host… helped start many franchises, including the Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox, Delmarva Shorebirds, Lancaster Barnstormers, and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs… spent several years as an associate scout…was Assistant General Manager for seven years with Maryland Baseball and partner company Keystone Baseball and Opening Day Partners… was General Manager of the Frederick Keys from 1989 to 1993, and was named GM of the Year four times, in 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997…was Senior Vice President of Maryland Baseball, and President of the Maryland Fall Baseball League…was named Executive of the Year in 1999 by the Major League Scouting Association, and also earned honors from the Carolina League, Eastern League, and South Atlantic League… passed away at age 73 on April 12, 2015.    

JESSE MONEYMAKER

Historical accounts call him the best pitcher in the first two decades of the Valley League… playing career spanned 15 years between the years of 1921 and 1938…pitched mostly for Harrisonburg and Shenandoah… helped Harrisonburg win two titles and Shenandoah one… a left-hander who befuddled hitters with what he called his “squirrel ball”… was a consistent winner almost to the age of 40… also played in pro ball for three years…managed a semi-pro team in 1948 and 1949.

SCOTT MUSA

Served as the Valley Baseball League Sports Information Director from 2008 to 2012… Helped to usher the league into a partnership with Pointstreak, the current statistics program… He is currently in his 29th year at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, and his 27th as the Hornet’s primary media contact… His primary sport responsibility within communications includes baseball, men’s basketball, football, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball. 

REGGIE SANDERS

From Spartanburg Methodist College, Reggie Sanders played for the Winchester Royals in 1987…he was picked in the 7th round of the draft that same summer by the Cincinnati Reds… in 1990, while playing for the Cedar Rapids Reds in the minor leagues, he hit .285 with 17 home runs and 63 RBIs, which led to him being named Midwest League Most Valuable Player. Baseball America named him the league’s top prospect as well… after parts of four seasons in the minor leagues, he made his major league debut on August 22, 1991… showed a blend of speed and power in his 17-year career, hitting 305 career home runs and stealing 304 bases, becoming one of only a handful of players to reach 300 of each category… finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting in 1992… was an All-Star, and finished sixth in Most Valuable Player voting after hitting .306 with 36 doubles, 28 home runs, knocking in 99 runs, and stealing 36 bases in 1995…Played with the Reds from 1991 to 1998, and subsequently played for San Diego, Atlanta, Arizona, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, St,. Louis, and Kansas City… won a World Series with Arizona in 2001, and advanced to the Series twice more, in 2002 with San Francisco and 2004 with St. Louis… won four Player of the Week Awards, in 1995, 1999, 2001, and 2003… was also known as an excellent right fielder… retired at age 39 after the 2007 season. 

(Thanks to Teresa Wease and Chaz Weaver’s “The Valley Baseball League: A History of Baseball in the Shenandoah Valley” for help!)

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)