SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame inducted eight new members Thursday night.
An estimated 200 people filled the La Quinta Inn Ballroom in Springfield for Wednesday night’s awards banquet. Among this year’s class, the late Carl Beane, radio personality and the voice of Fenway Park.
Beane’s younger brother, Darryl told 22News Carl was a small town kid who ended up working his dream job as the Public Address Announcer for Fenway Park. “Carl came from Agawam. And made it, arguably, to the biggest stage in sports, Fenway Park. He worked in the media. He just always gave his time to help others,” Beane said.
Chicopee native Ray Fagnant is in his 24th year as a Red Sox player scout. Before that, he played in the minor leagues for 4 years. Fagnant now serves as the Northeast Regional Scouting Supervisor, and is a member of the 2016 Class of the WMass Baseball hall of Fame.
“I remember when I first started, I said I’d just love to win a World Series ring, ’cause it had been 86 years. And I’m fortunate enough to get three, which is another dream. I have three little boys at home, and they said ‘Daddy, we all have a ring now.’ So I have to get one more for dad,” Fagnant told 22News.
Rounding out the Class of 2016, West Springfield native and major league manager Leo Durocher, who won four World Series Championships; Howie Burns, long-time coach at Springfield Tech, American Legion and Central High; Former Hampshire Regional High School coach Dave Grills; Former Majore League player and long-time New York Mets broadcaster, Fran Healy; Wayne Granger, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds; and the Chicopee High School Baseball Team from 1961 to 1963.