FRONTIER LEAGUE RELEASE
The Frontier League is proud to announce the 2018 class of the Frontier League Hall of Fame. The 2018 class consists of pitcher Andy Clark, infielder Andrew Davis, pitcher Scott Dunn, pitcher Eric Massingham, pitcher Terry Pearson, Special Contributor – Duke Ward and Significant Moment – Baseball’s Best Burger. The Hall of Fame Committee along with Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee and Deputy Commissioner Steve Tahsler made the final nominations to the Frontier League Board of Directors, who unanimously approved the slate.
“This is a great class that will be inducted,” Lee said. “All of the players had stellar careers, Baseball’s Best Burger brought great recognition and the League is better because of Duke Ward’s efforts.”
Andy Clark began his Frontier League career in 2008 when he entered the league with Florence Freedom, where he played from 2008 through 2013. The right-handed pitcher from Louisville, Kentucky, has a career record of 37-16, while posting a 3.72 ERA in 94 games, 72 of those being starts. Clark who pitched in 471.2 innings accumulated a 2.85 walk to strikeout ratio. Andy Clark stands in the top five in career games started, innings pitched and victories in the Frontier League. Clark pitched for three managers while with the Florence Freedom. All of his managers considered him a work horse that was always ready when needed.
Andrew Davis began his Frontier League career with the Lake Erie Crushers in 2009. The infielder out of Kingston, Ohio, played for the Crushers from 2009 through 2014. In those six years, Davis made four All-Star appearances in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 as well as receiving awards during the post-season in 2009 (third base) and 2011 (shortstop). Davis was one of the most feared switch hitters in league history. He possessed great power from both sides of the plate. He finished his career with a .292 career average, 71 home runs, 387 RBI, .851 OPS and 545 games played. Davis also ranks top three in career games played, at-bats, hits, and runs batted in.
Scott Dunn played for two teams during his Frontier League career, the Traverse City Beach Bums, where he started his career in 2010 and played through 2013, and the Washington Wild Things in 2014 where he ended his career. In 2010, Dunn was drafted in the second round of the Frontier League Draft. The right-handed pitcher from Clinton, Pennsylvania, and Slippery Rock University, finished his career with a 38-15 record, a 2.83 earned run average, 10 saves over 445.1 innings in 130 games, with 53 of those being starts. Dunn received honors of playing in the 2013 All-Star game and was awarded the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award. Scott Dunn sits in second place all time in wins.
Eric Massingham was one of the most dominant relief pitchers in Frontier League history. He began his career in the Frontier League in 2011 with the Evansville Otters, where he pitched from 2011 through 2014. The Benicia, California, native posted a career record of 9-6 with an amazing 1.68 earned run average. He currently holds the Frontier League career record for saves with 70. Throughout his career, he averaged more than one strikeout per inning. His 137 strikeouts over 116 games and 128.1 innings demonstrate his effectiveness. Massingham collected a 2012 All-Star Game selection as well as 2013 Post-Season All-Star honors.
Terry Pearson began his stint in the Frontier League in 1995 and played for the Zanesville Greys through 1996. Pearson collected All-Star game selection honors as well as Post-Season All-Star honors during the 1996 season. Also during 1996, he had a league leading 20 saves with a 4-1 record with a microscopic ERA of 0.50. A right-handed pitcher from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Pearson was the third Frontier League player to appear in Major League Baseball when he debuted for the Detroit Tigers in 2002.
Special Contributor – Duke Ward
Duke was part of the ownership group that launched the Richmond Roosters as an expansion team for the 1995 season and remained an owner until the Roosters relocated to Traverse City for 2006. Under Duke, the Roosters were voted Organization of the Year in 1995 and hosted the 1996 and 1998 All-Star Games. Duke was the first person to bring Pete Rose into the Frontier League when Pete served as the keynote speaker for the 1996 All-Star events. Duke served as league Vice President for most of his tenure in the Frontier League. He was instrumental in creating the league by-laws and was also responsible for the Frontier League qualifying for work visas. Duke passed away on July 28, 2017.
Significant Moment – Unveiling of Baseball’s Best Burger
When former Gateway Grizzlies general manager Tony Funderburg unveiled Baseball’s Best Burger prior to the 2006 season, the team had no idea how well known the product would become. The sandwich, which features a thick hamburger with bacon and sharp cheddar cheese served on a grilled Krispy Kreme donut, received national publicity from the moment that it was introduced. The first major exposure was in March 2006 when the ESPN flew Tony and media relations director Jeff O’Neill to New York City to appear live on the Cold Pizza morning show to discuss and demonstrate the burger. Later that spring, ESPN.com highlighted the Grizzlies for “the newest taste sensation in minor league baseball.” Baseball’s Best Burger has gone on to be featured on The Travel Channel’s Man v. Food program, ranked second on Sports Illustrated’s list of Top Minor League Ballpark Foods, was one of the 11 Craziest Ballpark Foods listed in Fortune Magazine, and was the only non-MLB item listed as one of USA Today’s Top 10 Ballpark foods.
The 2018 Frontier League Hall of Fame Luncheon and Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Trigg Banquet Center in O’Fallon, Missouri. Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, ESPN 101 personality and current Fox Sports analyst Brad Thompson will be the Luncheon’s keynote speaker. Adult luncheon tickets are $40.00 and $20.00 for kids 12 and under. Reserved tables of 8 are $300.00. All tickets are available for purchase through the River City Rascals at rivercityrascals.com/tickets/hofluncheon. Game tickets are currently available and Hall of Fame Luncheon tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, June 5th.