Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame to induct eight new members – Delmarva Daily Times
The Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame will induct eight new members on Saturday, Nov. 14 at a ceremony at the Salisbury University Commons.
The new inductees include former players, coaches and contributors to the game of baseball who call, or once called, the Eastern Shore their home. The descriptions of these players are according to the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame.
Edward L. Athey: Manager
A coach and athletic director at Washington College inducted into Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on October 15, 1982, for his athletic abilities as well as coaching. Athey was a three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball and football. He coached the Washington College Shoremen baseball team for 28 seasons and compiled a record of 330 wins and 310 losses.
Michael Alan Butler, Jr.: Player
A left-handed pitcher who was a Mid-Shore Player of the Year from 1986 to 1988. Michael was drafted in the 16th round by the Oakland Athletics in 1988. He was also drafted in the 46th round by the California Angels in 1991. He pitched for the Northwest League Champion Boise Hawks in 1991 who were affiliated with the California Angels. In 1993, he was a California League All-Star while pitching for the Palm Spring Angels.
William E. Dykes, Jr.: Player
A versatile baseball player who played catcher, second base and outfielder in the Mar-Va League from 1945 to 1948 and the Central Shore League from 1948 to 1950. William displayed excellent fielding skills, was a solid hitter, and had outstanding speed. He was a lead-off hitter who had power, a high on-base percentage, with exceptional base-stealing skills.
James Fratino: Player
An outstanding pitcher who pitched for the Pennant winning Salisbury teams from 1951 to 1953. In 1952, while pitching against the Hebron baseball team, Jim pitched a one hitter. In another game that year against the Fruitland baseball team he struck-out 15 batters. He pitched a no-hitter in 1954 for the Delmarva Railroaders against the Crisfield baseball team. He faced 29 batters and didnât permit a runner to score.
John “Hersh” Hershberger: Player
Played at Parkside High School, Old Dominion University, and Salisbury University. While playing for the Perdue Chicks of the Eastern Shore Baseball League from 1989 to 1998, Johnâs career batting average was .360. He was a leader on every team he played for. Derek Yobst, a 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee, said John is one of the best players to play on the Eastern Shore.
Gordon Kissner: Manager
A successful manager who managed the American Legion Post 145 baseball team from 1999 to 2009. His record during the span was 305 wins and 97 losses. Besides his outstanding win-loss record, Gordon dedicated himself to the development of young men. He made his players have a keen sense of commitment, responsibility, leadership, excellence and humility.
Mike Lambert: Booster
A man, who tirelessly promotes, teaches and preserves the history of the Eastern Shore League as well as all of Delmarvaâs baseball history. He published a highly regarded book on the history of the old Eastern Shore League. Mike has also published many newspaper articles about some of those heroes during that time. He cannot only tell you about the history, but also show you the artifacts from that time.
Norman “Flea” Phillips: Player
An excellent example of a shorter and smaller athlete who accomplished so much. Flea was inducted into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding athletic abilities in 1994. He was an outstanding baseball player for Wicomico High School and Washington College. As a hitter, he holds the college record for continuous hits. Norman managed to get eleven straight hits playing baseball in his senior year for the Washington College baseball team. He was selected Mason-Dixon All Conference team in two separate years and served as co-captain during his senior year.
The induction banquet begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.esbhalloffame.org.