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MUNSON HEADS WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

January 27, 2005

The 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.

Munson 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.

Willis, 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 in 1995.

Martin, 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.”

Harmon was the radio voice of the Syracuse Chiefs for 13 season from 1966 -’70.

Johnstone 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.

Dallessandro 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.

Owens 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 and Houston.