MUNSON HEADS WALL
OF FAME INDUCTEES
Syracuse SkyChiefs announced the names of the seven newest inductees
into the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame Thursday night at the
team's 44th Annual Hot Stove. Former New York Yankees Captain
Thurman Munson heads the list of names which also includes Vic
Willis, Pepper Martin, John Harmon, John Johnstone, Dominick Dallessandro
and Jim Owens. This year’s induction ceremony will take place
before the SkyChiefs' 7:00 PM game vs. the Charlotte Knights on
Saturday July 23.
batted .363 in 28 games for the Syracuse Chiefs in 1969, a season
in which he split time playing baseball and serving in the U.S.
Army. Munson went on to play 11 seasons for the New York Yankees,
was American League Rookie of the Year in 1970, was a six-time
AL All-Star and played in three World Series (1976 - ’78). In
1976, Munson was named the first Yankee team captain since Lou
Gehrig and won the American League's Most Valuable Player award
that year as well.
who won 21 games for the Syracuse Stars in 1897 to lead the tem
to the Eastern League pennant, holds the Major League record for
most complete games in a season, tossing 45 complete games in
1902. Willis was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
who batted .300 for the Syracuse Stars in 1926, played in the
first ever Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1933, was a
four-time All-Star, played in three World Series and was the 1931
Associated Press “Athlete of the Year.”
was the radio voice of the Syracuse Chiefs for 13 season from
signed with the New York Mets out of Bishop Ludden High School
and went on to play nine Major League seasons with Florida, Houston,
Oakland and San Francisco.
batted .317 for the 1935 Governors' Cup Champion Chiefs and .321
for the 1936 Chiefs. He ranks second on the All-Time Syracuse
Baseball list with a career average of .320 (minimum 750 at-bats)
and is 8th on the All-Time Syracuse triples list. He played six
Major League season with the Cubs.
was 17-9 for the 1954 Governors' Cup Champion Chiefs and was named
International League Rookie of the Year that season. He played
12 seasons in the Major Leagues with Philadelphia, Cincinnati