The New York-Penn League has announced the inductees for the New York-Penn League Hall of Fame Class of 2016. This year's class includes two former Phillies, Dick Allen and Pete Rose and former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada.
Dick Allen began his professional career with the Elmira Pioneers in 1960, hitting .281 with 8 home runs and 42 RBI.
In his 15-year MLB career, Allen hit .292 with 351 home runs and 1,119 RBI. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1964 with the Philadelphia Phillies and the American League MVP in 1972 with the Chicago White Sox.
An increasing number of baseball historians regard him as the best player not inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, falling one vote short of election by the Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Committee in 2014. Famed baseball historian Bill Jenkins ranks Allen with Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle, and just a notch below Babe Ruth, as the four top long-distance sluggers ever to wield a baseball bat.
Rose - nicknamed "Charlie Hustle" for his style of play - began his professional career in the NYPL with the 1960 Geneva Redlegs hitting .277 on a team that also included National Baseball Hall of Fame member Tony Perez.
Rose made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1963 when he was named the National League Rookie of the Year.
In 24 MLB seasons, he hit .303 with 160 home runs and 1,314 RBI. Rose is the holder of numerous MLB career records including hits (4,256), games (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and singles (3,215). He won three National League batting crowns, was named to 17 National League All-Star teams at five different positions and was part of three World Series championship teams (1975, 1976, 1980).
In 1999, Rose was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team and was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Induction ceremonies are scheduled to take place on August 16, during pregame ceremonies at the 2016 New York-Penn League All-Star Game in Fishkill, New York, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades.
The New York-Penn League Hall of Fame was established in 2011. Inductees are nominated and voted on by New York-Penn League club officials. The New York-Penn League Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who have been a part of the league, for their overall accomplishments and contributions to the league on the field of play or in an administrative role, in addition to their overall career in baseball.
“As the oldest, continuously-operated Class-A league in professional baseball, the list of players, coaches, field managers, general managers, and owners reads like a Who’s Who of Baseball,” said Ben Hayes, President of the New York-Penn League. “This year’s inductees are incredibly worthy of this honor.”