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2017 Inductions

8 elected to RH Hall of Fame Class of 2017

    The Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame will induct 8 new members with its Class of 2017.

    The 8 were elected by the current members of the Hall of Fame and the 12-member Board of Trustees in a process that covered the summer months.

2017 Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame Honorees

Jim Ahlborn - Pennsylvania

George Blackwell - Minnesota

Willie Boyd - Michigan

Dominick Catinella - Illinois

Ellen Giffen - Florida

Mark Reinerth - Virginia

Fernando Roman - Puerto Rico

Bart Waldman - Washington

Brian Mullen Ambassador Award

Bonnie Fear - Chicago


Jim Ahlborn

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A Hall of Fame nominator said, “Pittsburgh baseball would not exist without Jim Ahlborn.”

Ahlborn is a man of many parts – outstanding player, leader, difference-maker, league vice president, manager and a man all turn to for advice and inspiration.

Another nominator said, “He is our rock.”

He is also tough as a rock, coming back from double hip replacement surgery to play again.

George Blackwell

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota

George can’t be measured by statistics. One Hall nominator said three attributes set him apart – ability to teach the game, enthusiasm for baseball and ability to communicate.

He not only has helped Roy Hobbs thrive in Minnesota but also was named the Minnesota High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 2014.

Nominators talked about his knowledge of the game and “outgoing and cheerful disposition.”

Willie Boyd

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

One nominator for Willie wrote a detailed Hall of Fame case with 5 bullet points:

1. Gentleman.

2. Loyalty, honesty & commitment.

3. Unselfish.

4. Focus & passion.

5. Preparation.

The person who vetted Willie’s candidacy noted, “Willie Boyd is a consummate professional.”

Willie has played for the Brewers for 24 years, and he has done it with a “high baseball IQ.”

Dominick Catinella

Hometown: Blue Island, Illinois

Dominick is as much of a fixture with his league as the dirt and grass. He’s been with Roy Hobbs for more than 25 years in many roles – player, coach, umpire, administrator and manager.

He’s a man of boundless energy and took over his league in 1992. A nominator described him this way: “Dominick Catinella embodies the game of baseball.”

Ellen Giffen

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida

Ellen hasn’t hit a homer in her 25 years of Roy Hobbs Baseball but every player and manager knows how vitally important she is as an administrator.

She is in many ways the face of the organization at the World Series every fall. One nominator described her as “a main cog” of Roy Hobbs. Another said she has “no administrative equal.”

Ellen will be honored along with her husband Tom, who was elected of 2015 but never officially inducted.

Mark Rienerth

Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia

Mark is a pitcher of astounding durability but more important is how he conducts himself.

The person who vetted his case noted that Mark carries himself with “dignity and class.” He’s pitched for the Drillers since 1986 and has been coming to the World Series since 1992 and is a seven-time team MVP at the World Series.

“He makes us all better players,” said a reference.

Fernando Roman

Hometown: Puerto Rico

A reference noted if not for Fernando there would not be Puerto Rican teams at the Roy Hobbs World Series.

His league didn’t exist 27 years ago but now has 13 teams thanks to Fernando, who has been its president as well as a coach, player, umpire and scorekeeper.

One reference said, “Fernando is the standard bearer for adult amateur baseball” in Puerto Rico.

Bart Waldman

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Bart is an outstanding player, manager and leader.

“He inspires players to rally around him,” the vetter of his candidacy noted.

Bart has been part of 10 World Series championship teams as a player or manager.

He has grown participation the Roy Hobbs World Series among Washington ball players as a promoter and administrator as well as player who simply loves to pitch.

A reference said he is “the epitome of calm, cool and collected.”

Ambassador of Baseball

Bonnie Fear