TROY, N.Y. — Ted Schoff was among the honorees Nov. 10 when the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame presented its third induction class at the Hilton Hotel in Troy.
Formerly the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame, the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame recognized seven former Major Leaguers, two teams and nine statewide contributors in its 2013 induction class and presented its Johnny Podres Lifetime Achievement Award to former Brooklyn Dodger Ralph Branca.
Schoff, a native of St. Johnsville, played college baseball at Division I Brown University then coached and taught in Little Falls for more than a quarter of a century. His teams won several Center State Conference and Section III championships and his 1982 Mounties won a state championship on home turf at Veterans Memorial Park.
When health issues forced him out of the dugout, a group of his former players launched a campaign to have it renamed the Ted Schoff Dugout on the first base side of Veterans Memorial Park. A sign at the top of the dugout lists Schoff’s sectional championships.
Joining Schoff among the statewide inductees were Saratoga Catholic coach Phonsey Lambert, John Krawiecki from the University of New Haven, Bob Bogdan from Skidmore College, general manager Nick Lambros from the Oneonta Yankees, Dale Long Jr. from Union College, umpire Len McHugh, Queensbury Spartan Jay Marra, and Doug O’Brey from SUNY-Albany. They join past inductees which include veteran Fort Plain coach Craig Phillips, the late Bob Bellizzi who coached at the College of Saint Rose and helped establish what are now the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and New York Collegiate Baseball League, and former governor Mario Cuomo who played minor league baseball before beginning his career in politics.
The Major League inductees for 2013, in addition to Branca, were Craig Biggio, Ed Kranepool, Mark Lemke, Dave Lemanczyk, Lou Whitaker and Pat Simmons.