August 2, 2007

The Citadel Has Ties to Two of the Four New Members of the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame

Charleston, S.C. - The Citadel has ties to two of the four newest inductees into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2007.

The Citadel’s 1990 College World Series team and All-American Anthony Jenkins ’90 lead the class that also includes the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA team and Modie Risher.  Formal induction into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame takes place on the field of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Friday, August 17, prior to the Charleston RiverDogs Augusta GreenJackets game that begins at 7:05 p.m.

The Citadel’s 1990 College World Series Team, the only military school ever to participate in NCAA World Series, was coached by Chal Port, who was inducted last year.  The Bulldogs, playing out of antiquated College Park, won the Southern Conference championship and defeated the University of Miami at Miami to win the Atlantic Regional.  The Citadel won one game against Cal State-Fullerton in Omaha but twice lost to LSU.  They finished the season ranked No. 6 nationally.

Local product Anthony Jenkins (Stratford High) was a standout on that Citadel 1990 College World Series team and scored the winning run in the 12th inning with a dramatic slide to beat Cal-State Fullerton.  The speedy outfielder, a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame who was the 1990 Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year, was named to the first-team 1990 All-America squad.

The 1955 Cannon Street YMCA team represented the first African-American Little League team in South Carolina, winning district, state and region championships when other teams refused to play them.  The team advanced to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, but was not allowed to participate.  They have since been recognized by Little League Baseball and have been invited back to Williamsport for a special ceremony.

A standout three-sport athlete at Burke High School, Risher went on to play in a Negro Baseball League for the Jacksonville Eagles where he would face off against such legends as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Jackie Robinson.  He also played locally for the Charleston Black Socks and the Orangeburg Tigers.  Following his playing career, Risher was a highly successful coach at his alma mater, Burke High, where he coached baseball and football for more than 25 years.

Last year, Ty Cline, Mike Cook, Gary McJunkin and Coach Port comprised the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006.  It marked the first time that amateurs and teams were considered for induction.

An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable and local volunteers was created to come up with 12 names as potential nominees.  Voting was conducted by the readership of The Post and Courier through an official ballot. 

The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is jointly coordinated and operated by The Post and Courier and the RiverDogs.  The Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

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. 

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