If there's a sports Hall of Fame somewhere in North America, chances are good that they're inducting an Oriole soon. I've already mentioned Harold Baines (Orioles Hall of Fame) and Ben McDonald (Lousiana Sports Hall of Fame), but I've heard tell of four more in the past few weeks.
-Gregg Olson will be one of the first honorees on Auburn University's Baseball Wall of Fame, part of a loaded class that also includes Bo Jackson, Tim Hudson, and Frank Thomas.
-Chris Hoiles and pitcher Paul Mitchell have been tabbed for the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame, and will bring the total membership to 80. Hoiles hit .348 with 18 homers for the Wings in 1990, and Mitchell had a 32-14 record and a 3.16 ERA for the O's former AAA affiliate from 1973-1975.
-Though he was passed over by Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, Roberto Alomar gained entry into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Our neighbors to the north also righted another BBWAA wrong by honoring reliever Paul Quantrill, he said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. Has anyone ever been to the Canadian Hall in St. Mary's, Ontario? Is there a nifty museum?
-On Monday, catcher Dave Criscione was inducted into the Chautauqua County (NY) Sports Hall of Fame. Dave had a seven-game stint with the Orioles in 1977 in which he went 3-for-9 with a walkoff homer. I'd give you the whole story, but that sounds like a future full-length post to me.
Did I miss anyone?