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Hall of Fame Weekend

Two special nights at the ballpark tonight and tomorrow. Tonight is International League Hall of Fame night as Tex Simone and Hank Sauer are inducted into the IL Hall. Tomorrow is the Syracuse Wall of Fame Ceremony as Boomer Greg Wells and Terry Whitfield will be on hand as this year’s class is introduced.

On the field, the Chiefs look to make it two in a row after a thrilling walk-off hit by Travis Snider last night. Tonight Ricky Romero takes on Pawtucket’s Bartolo Colon – the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, you can catch the game on Time Warner Cable Sports channel 26 or listen on Nova 105.1 FM starting at 7:00.

See you at the ballpark!

WORLD SERIES FOR HILL

Former Syracuse Chiefs outfielder Glenallen Hill will be coaching first base for the Colorado Rockies during the 2007 World Series and should get plenty of air time when Rockies players make it to first base.

Hill played for the Chiefs from 1987-89, and during the 1989 season when the Chiefs won the I.L. Pennant he put on one of the most incredible hitting performances in Chiefs History.

Through the first 60-games of the 1989 season Hill was batting a modest .281 with only one HR and 22 RBI.  Not great numbers for a clean-up hitter.

But during the next 65-games Glenallen put on a display of hitting that rivaled old Hank Sauer.  He would bat .353 (90 for 255) the rest of the way, and smack 20 home runs and drive in 50.  He also scored 58-runs and hit 17 doubles, 9-triples and stole10 bases.

Over the final month of the 1989 season he batted .412 with 13 homes runs and 27 RBI.  Hill earned a promotion to Toronto at the conclusion for the 89 season and missed the playoffs against Richmond.

What was even more incredible that season was that he Hill was nosed out of I.L. MVP honors by Tides third baseman Tom O’Malley despite leading the league in runs(86), hits (155), triples (15), home runs (21), total bases (279) and slugging percentage (.578).  He also was second in the league with a .321 batting average and 5th in stolen bases (21).

In addition the Chiefs won 83 games that season, the most in the I.L.

He later went on to play 13 years in the major leagues with the Blue Jays, Indians, Cubs, Giants, Yankees and Angels before retirning in 2002.

During his career he batted .271 with 186 major league home runs and 1005 hits. He also earned a World Series ring with the Yankees in 2000 when he appeared in 3-games as a pinch hitter.

Hill coached and managed in the Rockies organization before moving the the major league club as the teams first base caoch under Clint Hurdle.

ONE OF THE BEST IS GONE

John “Buddy” Kerr, a former all-star shortstop for the New York Giants and a longtime New York Mets scout died this past week after a short illness.  He was 84.  Kerr was best known for compiling a streak of 68 games without an error, a record at the time for shortstops, during the 1946-47 seasons.  It 1948 he was a National League All-Star with the Giants.  After his playing career he scouted for the New York/San Francisco Giants from 1953-1974 and the New York Mets from 1975-1996.  During that time the Astoria, NY native spent many nights at Old MacArthur Stadium and then as a part-time scout in Alliance Bank Stadium.  He often called Syracuse, NY he second home and was a good friend of Dutch Dotterer, Chiefs great Hank Sauer and Chiefs Executive Vice President and COO Tex Simone.  Buddy will be missed but not forgotten.

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