SALEM — Patrick Daly, one of eight former Ferrum College student-athletes to have his jersey retired, is slated for induction into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday.
Daly is part of a four-person class that includes Roanoke College head coach Matt McGuire, former Cave Spring head coach Roger White and former Virginia Military Institute (VMI) star David Groseclose.
Also, Bill Rutledge is this year’s recipient of the Wayne LaPierre Sr. Baseball Community Service Award.
Daly is one of four baseball players to have his jersery retired. The others are former major league players Eric Owens and Billy Wagner and the late Keith Mayhew, a former three-time NCAA Division III All-American.
All four are members of Ferrum’s Alumni Sports Hall of Fame and the USA South Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.
Upon his induction, Daly will join Owens and Wagner in the Salem-Roanoke shrine along with several others with athletic ties to Ferrum, most notably former players Bob Scarborough, Darren Hodges and Gary Gilmore, former head coach Abe Naff and former assistant coach Barry Shelton.
The 29th annual induction ceremony and hot stove banquet takes place Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at the Salem Civic Center.
Daly, who hails from Danville and is a former star at George Washington High School, had one of the most memorable individual campaigns in program history in 1998, his senior year.
That year, Daly ranked first nationally in home runs (24) and RBIs (73) and missed capturing the triple crown after finishing second in batting average (.508).
Also, Daly led the nation in runs and slugging percentage.
The Panthers played only 32 games that year, and Daly struck out only 10 times.
Besides earning All-America laurels, Daly was voted the state’s College Division Player of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
Team-wise, Ferrum’s most successful campaign during Daly’s playing tenure was 1996, his sophomore year, when the Panthers advanced to the championship game of Division III South Regionals in Fayetteville, N.C.
Daly played one year of professional baseball with the Chillicothe Points in the Frontier League.
McGuire, a graduate of The College of William & Mary, begins his eighth year at the helm of the Maroons this spring.
McGuire guided Roanoke to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and South Region championships and a berth in the Division III College World Series in 2017.
In their national tournament appearance, the Maroons reached the Final Four.
McGuire is a former assistant coach at Ferrum, Randolph-Macon College, Tennessee Wesleyan University and VMI.
During his prep playing career at William Byrd, the Terriers won the 1997 Group AA state championship by besting Tabb, 4-1, on their home field in Vinton.
At William & Mary, McGuire was the captain of the Tribe’s squad that captured the program’s first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I regionals.
McGuire coached at William Byrd following his college graduation.
White is best remembered for his head coaching tenure at Cave Spring when the Knights competed in Group AAA and in the old Roanoke Valley District.
White guided Cave Spring to the 1989 state championship game — the Knights were defeated by W.T. Woodson in the title contest.
White played college baseball at the University of Lynchburg where he was a teammate of Naff’s. Also, he served as the pitching coach at Roanoke in 2003, the year in which the school revived its baseball program.
Groseclose is a former prep star at Alleghany and earned first-team All-Southern Conference accolades at shortstop as a VMI senior.
Groseclose was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and played two years in their minor-league system.
Tickets for the banquet are available at the civic center box office, through members of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors or by calling President Charlie Hammersley (540-556-0377) or Vice President Gary Walthall (540-427-1977).
Founded in 1991, the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame honors players from the counties of Franklin, Bedford, Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Montgomery and Alleghany and the independent cities within the boundaries of those counties.
The Hall of Fame is housed on the grounds of the James E. Taliaferro Complex adjacent to Salem Memorial Ballpark.
It is open to the public prior to Salem Red Sox games and upon request.