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The George Donnelly Sunset League announced it Hall Of Fame Inductees for the Class of 2018, its fourth Hall of Fame class.
“These players have been a huge part in making the GDSL what it is now, as we continue to celebrate our 100th season,” a press release announcing the inductees stated on Tuesday.
Chuck Paiva: Mr Paiva enters in as both a player and a coach. A member of Atlantic Beach Club 1995 Championship Team. Also league President for many years.
William Warren: Mr Warren laid out the playing field at the basin, which is known now as Cardines field. He also designed and built with his crew four of the five bleachers stands.
Andy Andrade: Led Middletown to consecutive league championships in 1981/1982
Chris Patsos: Finished in top 10 for hitting each of his years in the league. A 3 time all star as a catcher and a member and key contributor to the Atlantic Beach Club 95 championship team.
Paul Riaboushinsky: Managed Broadway Hardware to three sunset league titles.
Haywood Williams: One of the original Sunset League umpires, he also managed the Orioles.
Frank Pollitt: Picked for the first “sunset dream team”. He was smart pitcher, who learned his craft from Frank Corriden.
Howard Langley: Mr Langley was there from the beginning, and handled all the scoring and schedule making. All told, he was associated with the league for more than 45 years.
Robert Johnston: Played 10 seasons in the sunset league, amassed a career .329 batting average.
Katie Grovell: her presence as the original “batgirl” at Cardines Field did much to improve the attendance during the 1940’s and through the 1950’s. Because of her presence, many families would arrive before the beginning of a game just to watch Katie warm up the pitchers. Everyone remembers her spirit, and how she made spectacular catches of fly balls in the outfield, during batting practice.
Robert McFee: 10-year sunset league veteran with a career .344 batting average.
Clarence Butler: Led the league in Home Runs in 1935, along with leading in numerous categories throughout his career.
For more info on the George Donnelly Sunset League, visit http://www.gdsunsetleague.com/.