Billy McMillon, a former major league outfielder and current manager of the Salem Red Sox, will be the speaker for the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame’s 22nd annual banquet, scheduled for Thursday, January 31, 2013, at the Salem Civic Center.
Billy McMillon, a recent inductee to the Clemson University Hall of Fame, will serve as Salem’s 2013 manager after serving in the same capacity for Salem in 2012 and Greenville from 2010-11. He led the Drive to the South Atlantic League Championship Series in his 2010 managerial debut.
A Clemson University alum, McMillon spent parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues with the Florida Marlins (1996-1997), Philadelphia Phillies (1997), Detroit Tigers (2000-2001) and Oakland Athletics (2001-2004).
Taken by the Marlins in the 8th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, he made his big league debut on July 26, 1996. He set career highs as a member of the Athletics in 2003 in games played, hits, doubles, homeruns, and RBI’s. McMillon appeared in three Division Series games for the A’s against the Red Sox in ‘03.
In his three year career at Clemson(1991-1993), he had the highest career batting average (.382) of any former Clemson Tiger.
This year’s Salem-Roanoke Hall of Fame inductees are Chad Kropff, John Rocovich, Tim Semones and Jim Shockley. The induction banquet will be in conjunction with the Salem Red Sox annual “Hot Stove” event.
The Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 and honors players and contributors from the counties of Roanoke, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin and Montgomery and the independent cities located within the boundaries of those counties. The Hall of Fame building is located on the grounds of the James E. Taliaferro Complex, next to the Salem Red Sox administrative office behind the third base seating area of Salem Memorial Ballpark.
The Hall of Fame has also announced that Leo Wheeler of Salem will receive the Wayne LaPierre Community Service Award at the January banquet. Wheeler is a long time youth coach and umpire in Salem.
Tickets for the banquet are available through members of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors or by calling President Charlie Hammersley at 540-556-0377 or Vice President Gary Walthall at 540-427-1977.
Submitted by Gary Walthall, Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame.