Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame

FAIRFIELD COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT SIX NEW MEMBERS

STAMFORD, CT – The Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame today announced its second class of inductees. The Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the Fairfield County Sports Commission, Inc., inducted nine original members in 2005, and now adds six more prominent sports figures into its three wings. The official induction ceremonies for the newly elected Hall of Famers takes place at the Commission’s 2nd Annual SportsNight awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 23 at the Westin Stamford.

Two Hall of Famers were selected in each of the three HOF Wings: Jackie Robinson Professional, James O’Rourke Amateur and J. Walter Kennedy Community Service. In the professional category, two of the county’s greatest baseball talents were named in Bobby Valentine (Stamford) and Mo Vaughn (Norwalk). The amateur wing selections are Joan Joyce (Stratford) and Walter Luckett (Bridgeport). Community service winners are Ray Barry (Norwalk) and Frank “Porky” Vieira (Bridgeport).

“Our six newest Hall of Famers represent world class talent on the field and also on the coaching lines,” said Fairfield County Sports Commission Executive Director Tom Chiappetta. “Whether it is a performance on their respective national stages or here in our own backyard, their contribution to their sports and to our area is immeasurable.”

Valentine and Vaughn join Julius Boros, Kristine Lilly, Calvin Murphy and Steve Young in the Jackie Robinson Professional Wing. Valentine was a 10-year major leaguer, who gained more prominence as a manager in leading the 2000 New York Mets to the World Series, and also piloting the Chiba Lotte Marines to both the Japan World Series championship and the Asian title last year. Vaughn, a left-handed, power-hitting first baseman, is a former American League MVP in 1995 with the Boston Red Sox, who played 12 years in the majors, including his final two with the Mets. (From the Fairfield County Sports Press Release)

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