Inductees in Sports - Baseball

  1. Fred Benson (1895-1996)

    Inducted in 1982

    Fred Benson, 1895-1996, was a popular teacher, baseball coach and successful Block Island business leader. His devotion and philanthropies to Block Island inspired the "Fred Benson Scholarship Fund", designed to give financial aid to college-bound youth. Read more >

  2. Wilma H. Briggs

    Wilma H. Briggs (1930-)

    Inducted in 2013

    Wilma  Briggs was born in East Greenwich on November 6, 1930.  One of 11 children, she grew up on a farm in the Frenchtown section of town.  Her father,  Fred Briggs,  was a semi-professional baseball player  and coach.  As a young  girl, after performing daily farm chores,  Wilma typically  joined  her father and brothers  in highly- competitive family baseball games. Read more >
  3. Alfred A. "Smokey" Cerrone

    Inducted in 1991

    Alfred "Smokey" Cerrone was a highly successful businessman, athlete, musician, innovator, and public-minded citizen who developed one of the world's largest automobile agencies. He was instrumental in numerous charitable fund-raising ventures including with the Lincoln-Cumberland Boys Club and St. Joseph's Pine Harbor School for children with special needs. He has given his personal support to hundreds of disadvantaged boys and girls through recreational and educational grants. Read more >

  4. Andrew

    Andrew "Andy" J. Coakley (1882-1963)

    Inducted in 2013

     Andrew James “Andy” Coakley was born in the predominantly Irish South Providence neighborhood of the City of Providence on November 20, 1882, the son of Irish immigrants. As a teenager he became a star sandlot pitcher for the St. Michael’s parish team then coached by “the King of the Sandlots,” the legendary Tim O’ Neil. After playing at Providence High School, Coakley enrolled at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, most likely on an athletic scholarship. Read more >

  5. James E., John, James J. and Frank Cooney

    James E., John, James J. and Frank Cooney

    Inducted in 1976

    James Joseph Cooney (Jimmy),July 9, 1865 – July 1, 1903 and his four sons: Harry, b. 1892; James E. (Jimmy, Jr.) , 1894 – August 7, 1991; Frank, b. Read more >

  6. John P. Cronin

    Inducted in 1973

    John P. Cronin served as Director of Recreation for the City of Providence for many years. He also made major contributions to many other Rhode Island youth programs, serving as a baseball, football, and hockey coach at La Salle Academy for 45 years. Read more >

  7. Hugh Duffy

    Hugh Duffy (1866-1954)

    Inducted in 1967

    Hugh Duffy, 1866-1954, from Cranston, was one of major league baseball's greatest hitters and is still the holder of the single-season batting average record of .438, set in 1894, when Duffy was an outfielder for Boston in the National League. In seventeen major league seasons from 1888 through 1906, Duffy compiled a lifetime average of .328. Read more >

  8. George Patrick Duffy

    George Patrick Duffy (1922-2015)

    Inducted in 2015

    Normally sportscasters — with such notable excep- tions of Chris Schenkel and Chris Clark — do not gain accep- tance to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, but if one is a sportscaster for seven decades, the voice of the Rhode Island Reds for a quarter-century, the longtime coach of youth sports in his community, a constant friend and supporter of disadvantaged and challenged children, and a Pawtucket civic leader, that per- son certainly qualifies. That per- son is George Patrick Duffy. George was born in Pa.wtucket in 1922, one of the seven children of Frederick and Emma (Locklin) Duffy. Read more >
  9. William F. F. Farley (1942-)

    Inducted in 1998

    William F. Farley, of Pawtucket, now of Chicago, is businessman who was was chairman and CEO of Fruit of the Loom the highly successful international manufacturer and distributor of basic family apparel for fifteen years (1985-1999). Farley acquired Fruit of the Loom in 1986. Under Farley's leadership, sales exceeded $2 billion. Read more >

  10. John Anthony

    John Anthony "Jack" Flynn (1883-1935)

    Inducted in 2014

    John Anthony “Jack” Flynn (1883-1935), the legendary coach of baseball at Providence College, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame tomorrow. Participating in the ceremony on behalf of Providence College, which dropped baseball in 1999, is Bob Bellemore, a Friar baseball and hockey great, and my former teammate.

    Jack Flynn was raised in South Providence when it was an Irish immigrant ghetto. As a boy he lived very near the slaughterhouses where the neighborhood dogs went to feast on the scraps. Read more >

  11. Frank Frisch

    Frank Frisch (1898-1973)

    Inducted in 1976

    Frank Frisch was a great second baseman and member of the famous Cardinal "Gashouse Gang." He has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and resided in Rhode Island for the last seventeen years of his life. Read more >

  12. Joseph Gomes (1910-1986)

    Inducted in 1988

    Joseph Gomes was the only Rhode Islander to play baseball in the Negro Major Baseball League, and was named an all-star in each of the seven years he played. He compiled a 362-41 pitching record, with a 1.74 earned-run-average in the Majors. He was an extraordinary athlete as a Rhode Island schoolboy all-stater in baseball, golf, and football. Read more >
  13. James Lou Gorman (1929-2011)

    Inducted in 1993

    James Lou Gorman, 1929-2011, a native of Providence, was a highly respected major League Baseball executive, and Senior Vice President and General Manger of the Boston Red Sox who was honored with two Major League Baseball "Executive of the Year" awards, and was a former standout athlete at LaSalle Academy in Rhode Island and Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Read more >

  14. Charles Leo

    Charles Leo "Gabby" Harnett (1900-1972)

    Inducted in 1972

    "Gabby" Harnett, 1900-1972, was one of the first three Rhode Island-born men to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Harnett, born in Woonsocket, was the oldest of fourteen children. He grew up in the nearby small town of Millville, Massachusetts, where he played baseball in the Blackstone Valley League. Read more >

  15. Randall C. "Randy" Hien (1949-2006)

    Inducted in 2009

    Randall C. (“Randy”) Hien, 1949-2006, became legendary in Rhode Island for his remarkable accomplishments in two fields. As one of the most successful baseball coaches in the state, he devoted himself tirelessly to Rhode Island youth sports for thirty years. During that time, he transformed his beloved Lincoln Little League All-Stars into a nationally-competitive powerhouse, winning an unprecedented ten District Championships, seven Rhode Island Championships, and two New England Championships that culminated in two trips to the Little League World Series. Read more >

  16. Paul A. Hines

    Paul A. Hines (1855-1935)

    Inducted in 2006

    Paul Hines (1855-1935) was born in Virginia and died in Maryland, but no player was more associated with the Providence Grays during that team’s major league heyday.

    Hines played in 1659 games in three leagues from 1872 through 1891, made 2,135 hits, batted over .300 eleven times, and posted a career average of .302. Read more >

  17. Dr. Walter F. Jusczvk (1918-1997)

    Inducted in 2000

    The late Walter F. Jusczvk formerly of Warwick, was a successful dentist in West Warwick for many years, a Hall of Fame athlete, and Providence Journal Honor Roll Boy in 1937, was a record-setting pitcher at Brown. He went on to play baseball professionally and was a longtime member of the RI Heritage Hall of Fame board of directors. Read more >

  18. Clement W. Labine (1926-2007)

    Inducted in 1989

    Clem Labine, 1926-2007, was a three-time National League All-Star who was inducted into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame in 1986. He was regarded as baseball's best relief pitcher in the 1950's. A native of Woonsocket, Labine played in six World Series and on three World Championship Teams, before retiring in 1963. He was named RI Athlete of the Year in 1955. Read more >
  19. Napoleon Lajoie

    Napoleon Lajoie (1874-1959)

    Inducted in 1965

    Napoleon Lajoie, second baseman who played for Philadelphia and Cleveland in the National League from 1896 through 1916 and was Cleveland's player-manager for five years (1905-1909). Called "The Big Frenchman", the Woonsocket-born Lajoie compiled a lifetime batting average of .339 and he led his league in batting three times. His . Read more >

  20. David E. Lopes (1945-)

    Inducted in 1989

    David E. Lopes was a stand-out second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, played in four World Series, and was a four-time National League All-Star during his sixteen year Major League career.

    Born in East Providence, Lopes grew up in South Providence and payed in the Fox Point Little League and became one of LaSalle Academy's all-time athletes. He has been twice named "RI Athlete of the Year" in 1974 and 1978. Read more >

  21. Frank Maznicki (1920-2013)

    Inducted in 1979

    Frank Maznicki, 1920-2013, was a former all-sports star at Westerly High School who gained football fame with the Boston College Eagles and the Chicago Bears. He became highly successful as a high school football and baseball coach. Read more >

  22. Bernard Mondor (1925-2010)

    Inducted in 1984

    Bernard Mondor, 1925-2010, was a Canadian-born business man who became one of R.I.'s most outstanding sports promoters as owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Team, which was recognized as the strongest franchise in the International League. He entered the business world after service in the Navy, acquiring seven corporations with sales over $13 million. Read more >

  23. John E. Moran (1913-1997)

    Inducted in 1986

    John E. Moran, 1913-1997, served as President and Co-founder of McLaughin & Moran Distributors, which was a recognized leader in its' field for over fifty years. An outstanding all-state athlete out of LaSalle Academy, he starred for Manhattan College in football and baseball. For the next fifty years, with time out for U. Read more >

  24. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth " Lizzie" Murphy (1894-1964)

    Inducted in 1994

    The late Elizabeth "Lizzie" Murphy, 1894-1964, a native of Warren, was an outstanding athlete who was the first woman ever to play in Major League Baseball competition, and who starred for more than thirty years for otherwise all-male professional, semi-professional, and amateur baseball teams throughout New England and other Eastern states. She has been cited as a legend in her time by both the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island General Assembly. Her 100th birthday was celebrated as a town-wide observance in Warren on April 13, 1994. Read more >

  25. Chester R. Nichols, Jr. (1931-1995)

    Inducted in 2005


    Chester R. “Chet” Nichols spent nine years as a major league pitcher. As a rookie with the Boston Braves, he led the National League in 1951 with the lowest earned run average. Chet was a schoolboy pitching star and all-state selection at Pawtucket East High School. Read more >
  26. Timothy

    Timothy "Tim" O'Neil (1878-1947)

    Inducted in 2013


    The genial and dedicated man who was to be crowned “The King of the Sandlots” was born in South Providence on December 14, 1878 along with his twin brother Edward. Their parents were Edward and Ann (Lynch). Tim was an enterprising paperboy in his youth, but received little formal  schooling. Fortunately he was a proficient baseball player and had great skill for organizing. Read more >
  27. Michael Pappas (1925-2011)

    Inducted in 1991

    Michael Pappas was an Executive Vice President for the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, for which he served in various capacities for more than forty years. He was also a sportscaster for several RI radio stations, a prominent public relations advocate for many area sports events, and a public address announcer for professional hockey and baseball teams. He became very active in various civic and community organizations, and was a Boys Club of America "National Alumnus of the Year."

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  28. Bernard Thomas

    Bernard Thomas "Slick" Pina (1930-2013)

    Inducted in 2014

    Bernard Thomas "Slick" Pina, 1930-2013, was the oldest and most accomplished of three brothers from South Providence who dominated the local sports scene in the 1950s. Slick's brother Tommy followed him as a two-time all-state halfback at LaSalle Academy. Joe, who did not attend high school or college, compiled a remarkable record as an amateur athlete in baseball, football, slow-pitch softball, and track, and is widely regarded as Rhode Island's fastest sprinter of all time.

    But as Diana Ross led the three Supremes, Bernie was the leader of that supreme athletic trio named the Pinas. Read more >

  29. George Pulliam (1923-1956)

    Inducted in 1968

    George Pulliam, 1923-1956, is regarded by some as Rhode Island's greatest all-around schoolboy athlete. At Cranston High, he won All-State honors twice in football and hockey and once in baseball, where he played at every position but catcher. For his extraordinary efforts he was nicknamed "The Cranston Crusher." He was the fullback and star of the 1940 Cranston eleven that was undefeated, untied, and unscored upon, and was chosen the 1941 Journal Honor Role Boy. Read more >

  30. Charles G.

    Charles G. "Hoss" Radbourn (1854-1897)

    Inducted in 1965

    Charles G. Radbourn, 1854-1897, born in Rochester, New York, "Old Hoss" played baseball for Providence, Boston, and Cincinnati in the National League from 1881 through 1891. He is regarded as the greatest pitcher of the 19th century with 308 wins and 191 losses in 12 years of competition. In 1884, he pitched the Providence Grays to the first World Series title winning 60 games, an all time major league record, with only 12 losses. Read more >

  31. Albert Henry "Hank" Soar (1914-2001)

    Inducted in 1967

    Albert Henry "Hank" Soar, 1914-2001, was one of Rhode Island's most talented athletes. After starring at the old Pawtucket High School (now Tolman)and Providence College in football and baseball, Soar played in the National Football League as an all-purpose back for the New York Giants for nine seasons from 1937 through 1946. After his playing days were over, Soar served as an American League baseball umpire for twenty-four years. Read more >

  32. David R. Stenhouse

    Inducted in 2008

    David R. Stenhouse’s well-rounded career includes playing high school, college, and professional sports; college coaching; business; fundraising; and community service. For his athletic attainments, he has been inducted into the University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island College Halls of Fame.
    A native of Westerly, Dave was a star athlete at Westerly High School before enrolling at URI in 1951 on a baseball and basketball scholarship. Read more >

  33. Michael A, Tamburro

    Michael A, Tamburro (1952-)

    Inducted in 2016

    Michael A. Tamburro, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 13, 1952, the son of Michael and Josephine Tamburro. Mike pursued a double major (Business and Journalism) at U. Mass Amherst with the goal of becoming a baseball statistician. Read more >
  34. George R.

    George R. "Birdie" Tebbets (1912-1999)

    Inducted in 2015

    George R. "Birdie" Tebbetts, 1912–1999: Raised in New Hampshire, “Birdie” Tebbetts was a precocious, intelligent, and athletic youngster who served as the team mascot for the “Nashua Millionaires,” an independent semi-professional team owned by the future New Hampshire Governor, Francis Parnell Murphy.

    Murphy encouraged young Tebbetts to aim high. Tebbetts did just that, becoming an All-State High School quarterback and a star baseball catcher. Read more >

  35. Warren Walden (1907-1987)

    Inducted in 1979

    William Walden, 1907-1987, a native of Providence, was a pioneer Rhode Island radio and television sportscaster. He was also a former athlete who served for twenty years as secretary of the Tim O'Neil amateur baseball league. He was the former News Director of WJAR-TV, and a native of Providence. Walden was actively involved with many charities including the Cystic Fibrosis organization, the March of Dimes, Catholic Youth Organization, the Jimmy Fund, the American Cancer Society and St. Read more >

  36. John Montgomery Ward

    John Montgomery Ward (1860-1925)

    Inducted in 2005

    John Montgomery “Monte” Ward, 1860-1925, a member of baseball's Hall of Fame, was a native of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania who attended Pennsylvania State College before embarking upon a career as a professional ballplayer. He reached the major leagues in 1878 as a pitcher for the Providence Grays of the National League, just two years after the founding of the so-called “Senior Circuit.”

    In his first year, the eighteen-year-old Ward recorded the National League's lowest earned run average (1.51) while compiling a record of 22 wins and 13 losses. Read more >



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