Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame

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The Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame honors players and contributors from the counties of Alleghany, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke and the independent cities located within the boundaries of those counties.

Located next to the Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium, the Hall is opened during the minor league season on selected nights.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Inductees are selected by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors and Officers each year based on nominations submitted. Each class is honored at an annual banquet held at the Salem Civic Center in February.

Walter "Steve" Brodie

Brodie was Roanoke’s first major leaguer (1890-1902). Considered one of the finest outfielders of his day, Brodie batted a career .303 for Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and New York in the National League and Baltimore in the American League. Brodie lived in Roanoke during most of his major league career, and he brought baseball attention to the area through more than his centerfield play. His “Duke of Roanoke” nickname was a tribute to his refined, gentlemanly nature. When he was traded from the Orioles to Pittsburgh, he coaxed the Pirates into holding spring training in Roanoke in 1897. He also coached at Rutgers, Princeton, and the Naval Academy.

F.J. "Kid" Carr

Among the best-known and most-liked men in the Roanoke Valley’s baseball history, Carr’s work in the sport spanned more than 70 years. A Walters, Virginia native, he came to Roanoke in 1926 to pitch in the Norfolk & Western Railroad League, where he was 15-0 in his first season. A player for 25 years across Southwest Virginia, Carr also managed in semipro ball in Salem and Bedford. In 1947, Carr began umpiring and became a professional scout with the Philadelphia Phillies. He changed clubs and worked two decades for Pittsburgh. Carr was a familiar face behind backstops at pro, college, American Legion and high school games throughout the region.

Al Holland

A Roanoke native who was the National League’s Fireman of the Year in 1983, the southpaw had eight wins and 25 saves for NL champion Philadelphia. Holland, known for his fastball, saved 29 games the following season for the Phillies. He also pitched in the majors with Pittsburgh, San Francisco, California and the New York Yankees. In 10 major-league seasons (1977, 79-87), Holland had a 2.98 ERA, 78 saves and 31 wins. He pitched several no- hitters at Lucy Addison High and starred for American Legion Post 3 and North Carolina A&T. He was 4-2 with 13 saves for the Salem Pirates in a 1976 homecoming en route to the majors.

Dave Parker

With the Salem Pirates, Parker was a Class A Carolina League MVP in 1972, missing a Triple Crown by one homer. He batted .310 with 22 HR,101 RBI, 91 runs, 38 stolen bases and 30 doubles. Still active as a player when elected, Parker had spent 19 seasons in the majors, with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Oakland, Milwaukee, California, and Toronto, primarily as a right fielder and DH. He was a feared lefthanded hitter nicknamed “The Cobra,” and he played in three World Series, five championship series and six All- Star Games. Parker was the National League MVP in 1978 with Pittsburgh. He won two NL batting titles (1977-78) and three Gold Gloves.

Billy Sample

The Salem native batted .272 in nine major league seasons as an outfielder with Texas, the New York Yankees, and Atlanta. Sample starred at Andrew Lewis High (where he doubled as a football receiver), for American Legion Post 3 and at James Madison University. In 1976, he was Madison’s first All-America selection, batting .421. His career average of .338 remains a school record. His best big-league season was 1983, when he hit .274 with 12 homers, 57 RBI and 44 stolen bases for the Rangers. After his playing days, Sample became a network telecast analyst and baseball journalist. He also produced a movie. The Salem High baseball field is named for him.

Ray Bellamy Award: High School Player of the Year

The award, which is a memorial to the late Ray Bellamy, a long-time amateur coach, umpire, and patron of baseball, recognizes the high school baseball Player of the Year from the Hall of Fame’s eight-county region. Players who compete for schools in the counties of Alleghany, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke as well as the independent cities within their boundaries are eligible for nomination. The finalists and the award winner are selected by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors with nominations from local high school coaches.

Josh Herman    William Byrd    1992
Kelly Dampeer    Northside    1993
Jason Anderson    Glenvar    1994
Chad Foutz    Franklin County    1995
Gray Hodges    Franklin County    1996
Larry Bowles    Franklin County    1997
Bobby Basham    Franklin County    1998
Matt McGuire    William Byrd    1999
Nick Jones    William Byrd    2000
Tyler Lumsden    Cave Spring    2001
Daniel Tanner    Jefferson Forest    2002
Nate Parks    Glenvar    2003
Bobby West    Blacksburg    2004
Alan Moore    Cave Spring    2005
Nathan Furry    Salem    2006
Matthew (Lefty) Flora    Northside    2007
Mikey O’Brien    Hidden Valley    2008
Thomas Kuhlman    Hidden Valley    2009
Erik Heiligenstadt    Jefferson Forest    2010
Tyler Duke    James River    2011
Dylan Powers    Lord Botetourt    2012
Ryan Lauria    Hidden Valley    2013
Hayes Nelson    Hidden Valley    2014
Dean Hermanson    William Byrd    2015
JD Mundy    Northside    2016
Cody Boone    Hidden Valley    2017
Evan Parks    Northside    2018
Carter Plunkett    Patrick Henry    2019
Tyler Dean    William Byrd    2021
Mason Self    Christiansburg    2022
Trey Ludy    Cave Spring    2023

Posey Oyler Scholarship

Oyler-PoseyThe Hall of Fame Board of Directors established a scholarship in memory and honor of past president Posey Oyler in 2009. Posey passed away in January 2008. He was the president of the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991. Board members always figured when the doors to the new Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame building swung open, Posey would be standing at the entrance with a big smile on his face.Posey was the face of the Hall of Fame for the first 17 years, and that should draw a chuckle if you’ve ever seen that funny face Posey mustered and was pictured in the banquet program. The Hall was Posey’s baby, and the new building on the grounds of Salem Memorial Stadium was the glory of 17 years of love and hard work he put into this organization.

Baseball was Posey’s passion. A Roanoke native, he coached American Legion baseball for almost 20 years and served as Post 3 baseball chairman for over 20 years. He ran the meetings for the Board, throwing “Roberts Rules of Order” to the wind as he wandered off the subject to say how things were supposed to be.

No one on the board worked harder. He sold the most program ads, did much of the necessary legwork himself, and was a walking billboard for the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame. There is a wall just inside the building that honors him, but the reality of the building itself is the fulfillment of his dream. He was inducted into the Hall in 1997.

Mark Wimmer    Salem    2009
Brett Carroll    Lord Botetourt    2010
Jacob McMillan    William Byrd    2010
Alex Stepp    Salem    2011
Jo Stickney    William Byrd    2012
Ryan Peevey    Franklin County    2013
Dustin Boothe    William Byrd    2014
Charlie Morris    Radford    2015
Derek Tremblay    Alleghany    2016
Alex Hylton    Christiansburg    2017
Joe Quinn    Salem    2018
Logan Altizer    Cave Spring    2018
Keith Reed    Auburn    2019
Davis Yeaman    North Cross    2021
Nate Hall    Christiansburg    2022
Damien Boyd    Auburn    2023

Kelvin Bowles Scholarship

Bowles-KelvinBaseball in the Roanoke Valley owes much gratitude to one often credited for keeping pro ball in our backyard while encouraging the development of young players. The Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors unanimously approved the establishment of an annual scholarship in to honor the late Kelvin Bowles in 2022.Bowles was an integral part of the Hall’s board, serving from the organization’s inception in 1991 until his passing, a period of 30-plus years. He was dependable in his board attendance, serving up ideas to improve banquet mechanics and suggesting candidates for induction consideration. Bowles served as emcee for many years and often hosted guest speakers during their visits.

Bowles was an avid baseball player growing up in Franklin County, then serving as a player-coach in the Air Force. Bowles later coached Connie Mack and Babe Ruth senior league teams and became a part-time major league scout in 1975.

One Bowles’ recruit was future major league star Lou Whitaker, who caught Bowles’ eye while playing for Martinsville High School in the 1970s. Bowles worked for the Major League Scouting Bureau. He also had affiliations with the Pirates, Expos, Marlins and Red Sox.

Bowles’ most visible association with area baseball came with his purchase of the Salem professional franchise in 1985 – when it appeared the team might leave the Roanoke Valley. Bowles’ business acumen, originally cultivated in the cable TV business, translated well to baseball. After associations with several major league teams, Bowles eventually sold the franchise in 2006, but he remained involved with area baseball.

The Kelvin Bowles Scholarship was founded with contributions from his widow, Jane, son, Brian, and longtime friend John Rocovich, like Bowles a veteran Hall of Fame board member. The family requested that “love of the game” be a primary consideration for the scholarship recipient.  

Trenton Sayers    William Byrd    2022
Preston Crowl    Franklin County    2023

Wayne LaPierre Sr. Service Award

LaPierre-WayneAn original board member of the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame, Wayne LaPierre was prolific in Roanoke Valley sandlot and American Legion baseball. Wayne’s connections with local baseball date to 1960, when he helped establish the Garden City sandlot program. Over the years, through his work with Kiwanis and American Legion, he helped build fields and raised funds to enable area youths to play. This award was established in 2004 to honor Wayne's legacy and his unmatched affinity for the game of baseball.

Each year's winner is honored at the annual Hall of Fame banquet for their contributions to the game of baseball in and outside of the Roanoke Valley.

2004    Tony Hehn
2005    Carey Harveycutter
2006    Jimmy Camper
2007    Ben Metheney
2008    Dickie Walthall
2009    E.C. Warren
2010    Steven Marsh
2011    John Montgomery
2012    Red Phillips
2013    Leo Wheeler
2014    Bill Petty
2015    Chuck Muncy
2016    Ray Cox
2017    Mike Cromer
2018    Bill Turner
2019    Michael Deneka
2020    Bill Rutledge
2022    Butch Craft
2023    Gary Oyler

About the Hall of Fame

The Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame has proven to be a big hit with Southwest Virginia baseball fans.

The Hall honors players and contributors from the counties of Alleghany, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke and the independent cities located within the boundaries of those counties. It was discussed for years before a group of local baseball enthusiasts decided the time was right in the fall of 1991.

Longtime American Legion coach Posey Oyler, who would become the first president of the organization, was the bell cow for the Hall. He compiled a group of 10 others from all walks of life to serve on the founding Board of Directors. The directors included sportswriters, a lawyer, a former big leaguer, and representatives from the local Carolina League team, as well as others who share a passion for the national pastime of baseball.

The Board of Directors had less than six months to charter a constitution and set forth bylaws, much less organize a banquet. It was decided that the week after the National Football League Super Bowl game would be an excellent time for the annual “Hot Stove” banquet and induction ceremony.
Time was short, but with Oyler’s guidance and the hard work of everyone involved, the Hall of Fame debuted in glorious fashion. Former New York Yankee great Bobby Richardson was well-received as the main speaker at the banquet and Salem Avalanche owner Kelvin Bowles did a splendid job as master of ceremonies.

The charter class included four former big leaguers, Salem native Billy Sample, Roanoke flame-thrower Al Holland, Carolina League MVP and big-league slugger Dave Parker and the late Walter “Steve” Brodie, known as the “Duke of Roanoke” during an illustrious career in the early part of the century. Joining them was F.J. “Kid” Carr, a well-known baseball player, coach, and scout in the valley for many years.

Representatives of Brodie’s family joined Sample, Holland, and Carr at the Salem Civic Center for the hot stove banquet. The first banquet drew 417 fans. Parker didn’t make it, but accepted his award that summer when he flew in for the annual Salem “Old Timers Game.”

The Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame opened in July of 2009 with a dedication and open house. It is located on the grounds of Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium behind the offices of the Salem Red Sox.