Jim Leyland and Don Mattingly head the Class of 2015 set for induction into the New York-Penn League’s Hall of Fame.
The league’s Hall of Fame, which began in 2011, recognizes individuals who have been a part of the league for their overall accomplishments or contributions to the league on the field of play or in an administrative role, in addition to their overall career in baseball.
Leyland was a member of the 1965 Jamestown Tigers, batting .237 in 82 games as a catcher and third baseman. He managed the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 1997, and also guided the Pittsburgh Pirates to three straight division titles and the Detroit Tigers to the 2006 World Series.
Mattingly was a first baseman and outfielder for the Oneonta Yankees in 1979, hitting .349 with 31 RBIs in 53 games, and went on to a 14-year career with the New York Yankees. He is currently the Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager.
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Also set for induction is Paul Velte, who was associated with the league for 39 years as a member of the board of directors, and later owner, of the Geneva Cubs, moving the Cubs to Williamsport in 1994. He was the Crosscutters’ owner and president until the end of last season.
The Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony will take place Tuesday, during the pregame ceremonies for the All-Star Game in Aberdeen, Md.