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Commissioned to Honor Hall of Famers

Dublin, Ohio – The International League announced today that inductees into the circuit’s Hall of Fame will be presented with a special memento to honor their designation among the League’s immortals.

The International League’s 125th Anniversary Committee has commissioned the creation of a statue which will be presented to members of the IL Hall of Fame upon their formal induction.

The statue, a replica of a player tipping his cap to the fans, is symbolic of having been recognized for a job well done. The Committee began the project in 2007 in preparation for the formal revival of the International League Hall of Fame in 2008.

The goal was to create an award that was both unique and distinguished to appropriately recognize the contributions made to the League by its Hall of Famers.

Working in conjunction with American Awards in Grove City, Ohio and West Art Custom Sculptures in Salford, Pennsylvania, the Committee was aiming for something different than other awards and honors commonly given for special achievements, in an effort to fully acknowledge the rare and exceptional contributions that only a Hall of Famer can make.

The name of the sculpture, “The Curtain Call,” is engraved across the bottom of the award just below the name of the player himself.

The design is that of a veteran ballplayer tipping his cap, an appropriate gesture during the moment he is being recognized by the entire League for his achievements and contributions symbolizing in fact the ultimate “Curtain Call”.

The player, metallic mahogany in color, wears a vintage uniform with IL on the chest, the number one on the back, and stands 16" tall on top of a 2" wood base.

International League President Randy Mobley, on behalf of the ILs 125th Anniversary Committee and the entire League, will make the first public presentation of “The Curtain Call” on Friday 18 April 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.

At the first of several IL Hall of Fame inductions to take place around the League in 2008, Mobley will posthumously induct Hobart Rabbit Whitman (11 seasons 7 teams lifetime .326 BA) at a pre-game ceremony at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Class of 2008 marks the formal revival of the International League Hall of Fame, dormant since 1964.

The list of scheduled inductions taking place around the League is below.

Details on each Hall of Famer can be found by visiting –

International League Hall of Fame Class of 2008 Scheduled Inductions

18 April –
Hobart “Rabbit” Whitman

7 June –
Dale Alexander, Bobby Tiefenauer

20 June –
Don Buford

28 June –
Lehigh Valley
Robert “Lefty” Grove

28 June –
Joe Altobelli, Russ Derry, Morrie Silver

30 June –
Frank “Pancho” Herrera

20 July –
Ben Mondor, Joe Morgan, Jim Rice

30 July –
Dave Rosenfield, Frank Verdi

3 August –
Luke Easter

15 August –
Hank Sauer, Anthony “Tex” Simone

23 August –
Gene Cook, Frank Gilhooley Sr.

31 August –
Tommie Aaron, Ralph Garr, Ollie Tucker

International League Hall of Fame – 15 April 2008


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