The Veterans’ Committee announced their 2008 Hall-Of-Fame Induction Class: Bowie Kuhn, Walter O’Malley, Dick Williams, Barney Dreyfuss, and Billy Southworth.
Before managing the St. Louis Cardinals Southworth spent seven summers at 500 Norton St. leading the Rochester Red Wings. His teams won five pennants and one Governor’s Cup.
Southworth joins Red Schoendienst, George Sisler, Johnny Mize, Earl Weaver, Cal Ripken, and Jim Palmer and a host of former Wings enshrined at Cooperstown. In all twenty-one Wings have nested in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
On another note: is it destiny or is it conspiracy? An ill-timed timeout, a penalty helping the penalized, penalty flag launching, a kickoff from the opponents’ 35, and a last second heave that left Baltimore heaving.