Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall Of Fame Class of 2020

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Another group of outstanding baseball players and contributors has been selected for induction into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame at the 29th annual hot stove banquet, scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the Salem Civic Center. The Class of ’20 includes Pat Daly, David Groseclose, Matt McGuire and Roger White. In addition, Bill Rutledge has been selected to receive the Wayne LaPierre, Sr. award for contributions to the game. Daly is one of the best players ever to play at Ferrum College. In 1998 he led all NCAA Division III teams in the nation in home runs, runs batted in, runs scored and slugging percentage and was second overall in batting average while only striking out 10 times all season. That year he was named first team All-American and Virginia Small College Player of the Year. He’s a member of the USA South Conference Hall of Fame and the Ferrum College Hall of Fame and one of only five Ferrum players to have his number retired. He played one year of professional baseball with the Chillicothe Points in the Frontier League. Groseclose is a 1991 graduate of Alleghany High and the only Mountaineer ever to record 100 career hits. He went on to play four years at VMI and was first team All-Southern Conference at shortstop his senior year. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and played two years of minor league ball in their system. McGuire is a William Byrd High and William & Mary graduate who is the current coach of the Roanoke College baseball team. Matt still holds several records for the storied baseball program at Byrd, including most hits in a career, and played on the 1997 state championship team. At William & Mary Matt was the captain of the team that won the program’s first CAA championship and advanced to NCAA regional play. He coached at Byrd after graduation then was an assistant at VMI, Tennessee Wesleyan, Ferrum and Randolph-Macon. McGuire has coached at Roanoke College for the past seven years, including a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2017 after winning the ODAC and South Region championships. White has been coaching or scouting baseball in the area for 36 years. He’s been a major league scout for several teams and is currently a scout for the San Diego Padres. He played for Lynchburg College on a nationally ranked team before a long coaching career that included stints at Cave Spring, James River and Roanoke College, where he was the pitching coach on the 2003 team that brought baseball back to RC for the first time in over 60 years. Presently he’s the founder and owner of the business “Ultimate Baseball Clinics & Training Camp” along with running a summer camp. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 26, 2019 Rutledge is a big supporter of baseball in the area, having played for Andrew Lewis High School and on the Post 202 American Legion team. His family business, Rutledge Paint and Body Service, is celebrating its 70th year in business. He’s attended every one of the past 28 Hall of Fame banquets. Tickets for the banquet will be available at the Salem Civic Center box office, through members of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors or by calling President Charlie Hammersley at 540-556-0377 or Vice President Gary Walthall at 540-427-1977. The Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 and honors players and contributors from the counties of Alleghany, Roanoke, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin and Montgomery and the independent cities located within the boundaries of those counties. The Hall of Fame building is located on the grounds of the James E. Taliaferro Complex, next to the Salem Red Sox administrative office behind the third base seating area of Salem Memorial Ballpark. It is open to the public prior to Red Sox games and upon request.

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