Indians Hall Of Fame To Add Four
Charles Nagy By Chuck Murr
Posted Mar 22, 2007
Right-handers Charles Nagy, Mike Garcia, Jim Bagby Sr., and slugger Andre Thornton will be inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame this summer. The ceremonies will highlight the club’s Hall of Fame Heritage Weekend Aug. 10-12 at the new Heritage Park complex beyond the centerfield wall at Jacobs Field. It will bring the total number of enshrinees to 31 at the new $1.1 million park.
The players will be inducted during pregame ceremony on Saturday, August 11 prior to the Indians playing the New York Yankees.
“Having played the majority of my career in an Indians uniform I’m very aware of the organization’s rich history, which makes this honor so very special to me and my family,” Nagy said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately thought of how fortunate I was to play alongside great teammates and in front of such passionate baseball fans. I am truly honored.”
Thornton agreed: “Being named to the Indians Hall of Fame means a great deal to me,” he said. “It is an incredible honor to be a player that performed well enough to be selected as a member to join such an elite group.”
JIM BAGBY, SR.
1916-1922 - RHP
"Sarge" went 122-85 with 131 complete games for Cleveland, including 23-13 with a 1.96 ERA in 1917. His "fadeaway pitch" found fame in 1920 as he went an astounding 31-12 to help the Indians win their first World Series. He was the first pitcher to hit a World Series homer -- a three-run shot to the centerfield bleachers at League Park that helped beat Brooklyn, 8-1, in Game 5.
1948-1959 - RHP
"The Big Bear" had a 142-96 record for Cleveland as he joined Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Early Wynn in the Indians' famed "Big Four" rotation. A three-time All-Star (1952-54), he twice led the American League in ERA (2.36 as a rookie in 1949 and 2.64 in 1954 as Cleveland won 111 games and the AL pennant). From 1951 through 1954, he was 79-41 with a 2.84 ERA.
1990-2002 - RHP
A member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team and first-round draft pick, "Charlie" became a three-time American League All-Star. He was Cleveland's most consistent starter, posting a 129-103 record, for a team that won six AL Central Division titles in seven years. He was among the most popular players in the era, pitching in 15 postseason games, including the World Series in 1995 and 1997.
1977-1987 - 1B-DH
One of the Indians' great sluggers, "Thunder" provided consistent offense for a decade. The two-time All-Star totaled 214 homers, 419 extra-base hits, 1,954 total bases and 749 RBIs in a Tribe uniform. He hit for the cycle at Boston's Fenway Park on April 22, 1978. A man of deep faith, Andre was the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award for playing excellence and exemplary community service in 1979.
CLEVELAND INDIANS HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
OF EARL AVERILL * - Inducted 1951
RHP JIM BAGBY, SR. – Inducted 2007
SS LOU BOUDREAU * - Inducted 1954
3B BILL BRADLEY - Inducted 1957
SS RAY CHAPMAN - Inducted 2006
RHP STAN COVELESKI * - Inducted 1966
OF ROCKY COLAVITO - Inducted 2006
OF LARRY DOBY * - Inducted 1966
RHP BOB FELLER * - Inducted 1957
OF ELMER FLICK * - Inducted 1963
RHP MIKE GARCIA - Inducted 2007
RHP MEL HARDER - Inducted 1951
C JIM HEGAN - Inducted 1966
OF JOE JACKSON - Inducted 1951
RHP ADDIE JOSS * - Inducted 2006
3B KEN KELTNER - Inducted 1951
2B NAPOLEON LAJOIE * - Inducted 1951
RHP BOB LEMON * - Inducted 1960
MGR AL LOPEZ * - Inducted 2006
LHP SAM McDOWELL - Inducted 2006
RHP CHARLES NAGY - Inducted 2007
C STEVE O’NEILL - Inducted 1951
RHP SATCHEL PAIGE * - Inducted 1965
3B AL ROSEN - Inducted 2006
LHP HERB SCORE - Inducted 2006
SS JOE SEWELL * - Inducted 1951
OF TRIS SPEAKER * - Inducted 1951
1B ANDRE THORNTON - Inducted 2007
1B HAL TROSKY - Inducted 1951
RHP EARLY WYNN * - Inducted 1972
RHP CY YOUNG * - Inducted 1951
* - Also a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
The Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame was established in 1951 to recognize individuals who made a significant impact during their career with the Cleveland Indians. Inductees must have been active in an Indians uniform for at least three seasons and must be retired for one full year.
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