CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Newberry College pitcher Tim Cook has been named a candidate for induction into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame for the class of 2009. For the fourth consecutive year, the readership of The Post and Courier will select the Hall of Fame inductees.
Cook played three seasons at Newberry College from 1976-78 and was named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) player of the year for the 1976 season. Cook was a member of the United States of America World Cup team in 1977 and pitched for Newberry in the 1977 NAIA World Series.
After his collegiate career, Cook was drafted by the Milwaukee and played AA and AAA ball for the Brewers. Cook also played AAA ball in the San Diego Padres organization.
Cook has continued to work with American Legion and high school baseball teams while living in Summerville, S.C.
Official ballots will appear in The Post and Courier on Sunday, June 28; Sunday, July 4; Wednesday, July 8; and Sunday, July 11.
Online voting will also be available and ballots will be available at Riley Park during home RiverDogs games. On August 14, four members will be inducted prior to the RiverDogs' game against the Lakewood BlueClaws.
The finalists, in alphabetical order, for the Class of 2009 include:
- Tim Cook: Middleton High product who pitched at Newberry ('76-'78); record holder who was the NAIA Player of the Year ('76); played on the USA World Cup Team ('77) and was a member of the Newberry team that played in the ‘ 77 NAIA World Series; drafted by Milwaukee Brewers; started in AA yet made it to AAA for the Brewers and later the Padres; has helped American Legion and high school teams.
- Irish Abney Danehay: One of the most sought-after young catchers in the country in 1939 when the Cleveland Indians offered him a contract; was catching for the General Asbestos and Rubber Co. team in North Charleston at the time and had one more year of college; World War II put an end to his aspirations to play big league ball but he played minor league and semi-pro baseball until he was well into his 40s; deceased.
- John Dodds, Jr.: Former Mt. Pleasant mayor who retired as the senior civilian employee of the Charleston Navy Yard; generally acknowledged to have been the best shortstop who ever played in the old City League; signed a major league contract and also served as a youth coach.
- W.S. "Bull" Durham: Played and coached Garco (North Charleston Post 59) American Legion teams; played at Clemson and professionally in the Southeastern Dixie Leagues; coached Garco Legion teams for 16 years capturing 13 league championships; won Lower State title six times, state and regional titles in ‘54 and ‘55, but lost in the sectionals each time; coached Charlie Smith and Ty Cline, who reached the Major Leagues and many others who signed Minor League contracts; deceased.
- Lee Glaze: Standout on The Citadel's baseball and football teams who was named Southern Conference Athlete of the Year in 1986; a two-time first-team All-SoCon member; is listed among The Citadel's all-time players in runs, hits, total bases, doubles, runs batted in, batting average, at bats and games played; recorded 12 assists from centerfield as a junior; inducted in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in ‘96.
- Gary Kinard: Pitcher for the North Charleston High Blue Devil team from 1967-71; was the No. 1 pitcher for the American Legion Post 59 team during their many years of success; drafted as the first selection of the third round of the 1971-72 draft by the Phillies; reported to spring training at the end of his high school career and played his way to AAA with the Phillies; was also a star basketball player for NCHS.
- Alfred von Kolnitz: Served as athletics director for the College of Charleston in the 1930s; played baseball at CofC; also played three seasons of major league baseball (1914 and ‘15 with the Cincinnati Reds and ‘16 with the Chicago White Sox); played in 115 career games with 48 hits in 226 at bats (.212 average); deceased.
- Donald Morillo: James Island native who played at The Citadel; held the school record for most games, most games pitched in a career and most saves in a season; ‘95 SoCon Tournament MVP; ‘94 All-East Regional Team; ‘95 ABCA All-Atlantic Region & ‘95 NCBWA Honorable Mention All-American; finished first in the SoCon in ERA, saves and appearances in ‘95; signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers and played for the Charleston RiverDogs in ‘96.
- Walt Nadzak: Retired in 2000 after a 15-year stint as Director of Athletics at The Citadel; was instrumental in the creation of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park; is credited with moving and ultimately making the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament a successful fixture in Charleston.
- Doug Pounder: Local product who was one of the first recipients of full baseball grant-in-aid to The Citadel and was one of the top pitchers in school history; held career records for games, starts, complete games and innings pitched; led ‘71 team to Southern Conference title with 10-1 record and 1.28 ERA; played for Hall of Fame coach Chal Port; enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in ‘81.
- Channing Proctor: Founder of the Charleston Chapter of The Miracle League; also authored Seasoned Rookie.
- Joseph P. Riley, Jr.: Longtime Charleston mayor is one of the city's best promoters of baseball; spearheaded the creation of the baseball facility that bears his name.
The Class of 2008 included Richard Wieters, Danny Jones, Charlie Smith and Bryce Florie while the Class of 2007 included the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA team and The Citadel's 1990 College World Series team, Modie Risher and Anthony Jenkins. Ty Cline, Mike Cook, Gary McJunkin and Coach Chal Port comprised the Hall of Fame's Class of 2006. It marked the first time that amateurs and teams were considered for induction.
In the Hall of Fame's inaugural year in 2003, James Island's Gorman Thomas and Holly Hill's Willie Randolph were enshrined as the first members. David Cone was inducted in 2004 and John Candelaria received the nod in 2005.