WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

Hot Stove Celebrity Highlights

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Career highlights for other former major league and Negro League celebrities in attendance:

LUTHER “LUKE” ATKINSON — Negro League outfielder for four seasons with the Wilson All-Stars and Carolina Tigers. Fleet-footed base stealer barnstormed with the Satchel Paige All-Stars in 1960.

MIKE CALDWELL — Left-handed pitcher for 14 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres,Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. All-time Brewers leader in complete games (81), and second with 108 wins, 18 shutouts and 1,604 2/3 innings pitched. American League Cy Young runner-up and Comeback Player of the Year in 1978 _ when he went 22-9 with 23 complete games.

JOHN DONALDSON — Major league infielder for six years with Kansas City/Oakland A’s and Seattle Pilots, playing in 405 games and compiling a .238 batting average. Starting second baseman for expansion Pilots in 1969 and member of World Series champion Oakland A’s in 1974.

BILL HARRINGTON — Major league pitcher for three seasons with Philadelphia Athletics and Kansas City A’s, appearing in 58 games with a 5-5 record. In 1955 game against Cleveland, entered with bases loaded and no outs and retired sluggers Al Rosen, Ralph Kiner and Larry Doby with no runs scoring.

BILLY HARRIS, Hampstead — Major league infielder for two seasons with Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals. In debut in 1968, batted 2 for 3 as Indians defeated Red Sox. Member of University of North Carolina at Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame.

JIM HOLT — Major league infielder/outfielder for nine seasons with Minnesota Twins and Oakland A’s, playing in 707 games with a .265 batting average. Played in three American League Championship Series and the 1974 World Series with champion Oakland. In 1975, led American League with 43 pinch-hit at-bats and tied for the lead with 10 pinch hits.

ELLIOT JOHNSON — Switch-hitting major league infielder/outfielder with Tampa Bay, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians for five seasons, playing in 318 games. On June 13, 2013, drilled three hits, including a three-run home run. Two of the hits came in the eight-run sixth inning as Royals defeated the Rays, 10-1.

CLIFFORD LAYTON — Negro League pitcher/outfielder for four seasons with Indianapolis Clowns and New York Black Yankees. Usually the clean-up hitter. Played with hall-of-famers Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron.

MONTY MONTGOMERY — Major league pitcher for two seasons with Kansas City Royals with 2.78 ERA and a 6-3 record in 77 2/3 innings. Winning pitcher in major league debut against A’s, and pitched 14 innings before being scored upon.

ALVIN MORMAN — Major league pitcher for four seasons with Houston Astros, Cleveland, San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, posting a 6-7 record and 4.99 ERA in 176 games. In 1997 with Indians, did not allow an earned run or a hit in five post-season games and appeared in two World Series games.

SCOTT POSE — Major league outfielder for four seasons with Miami Marlins, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals, batting .240 in 202 games. First official batter and base runner in Marlins history in 1993. Portrayed the fictional baseball player “Matt Crane” in 1999 film “For the Love of the Game.”

JOHN ROPER — Major league pitcher for three seasons with Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants, compiling an 8-7 record  and 5.35 ERA in 35 games _ 32 starts. Inducted into Hoke County High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

DICK SUCH — Major league pitcher with 1970 Washington Senators. Pitching coach for Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins (including 1991 World Series champion team). Selected No. 16 among 50 best MLB pitching coaches of all time.

MARION TALTON — Major league catcher/first baseman for two seasons with Kansas City A’s, batting .295 in 83 games. Batted .340 in 1966. The catcher for late hall-of-fame Jim “Catfish” Hunter, and involved in only Kansas City A’s triple play in a game against the Red Sox on Sept. 4, 1966.

FRED VALENTINE — Switch-hitting major league outfielder for seven seasons with Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators. In 1966, led Senators in eight team categories. Current vice president/secretary of Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association board, of which he was a co-founder.

FLOYD WICKER — Major league outfielder for four seasons with St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. First Brewers player in team history to record a walk-off hit as his first Brewers hit _ getting an RBI single to beat White Sox in extra innings on Sept. 4, 1970.

TRACY WOODSON — Major league infielder for five seasons with Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, batting .247 in 215 games. Member of 1988 World Series champion Dodgers. As a minor league manager, directed 2003 Carolina Mudcats to Double-A Southern League championship. Head baseball coach at University of Richmond since 2014.

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