FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK (MAY 12,2008)- The Goldklang Group today announced the induction of the inaugural class of twelve scouts into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame (PBSHOF) sponsored by The Topps Company Inc. The Group-affiliated clubs (Charleston RiverDogs, Ft. Myers Miracle, Hudson Valley Renegades, St. Paul Saints, Brockton Rox, Sioux Falls Canaries) will honor the inductees with an on field ceremony along with the unveiling of their bronze plaque.
The following scouts and ceremony dates shall represent our 2008 Inaugural Induction Class:
HUDSON VALLEY RENEGADES- JUNE 21
John Tumminia – Chicago White Sox
Tom Giordano – Texas Rangers
FORT MYERS MIRACLE- JULY 12
Tom Kotchman – Los Angeles Angels
Rudy Santin – San Francisco Giants
BROCKTON ROX – JULY 20
Lennie Merullo – MLSB
Buzz Bowers – Boston Red Sox
CHARLESTON RIVERDOGS – JULY 25
Lon Joyce- LA Dodgers
Donny Rowland- New York Yankees
SIOUX FALLS- AUGUST 8
Brad Sloan – Los Angeles Angels
Art Stewart – Kansas City Royals
ST. PAUL SAINTS – AUGUST 15
Phil Rizzo – LA Dodgers
Hep Cronin – Atlanta Braves
In conjunction with the ballpark campaigns, Topps plans to feature scouts on their trading cards including the creation of special cards to share with each inductee.
Criteria upon which selection was based: Minimum 20 years professional scouting experience. The selection of inductees shall be based on a combination of quantifiable success in the field, contributions made to the game in other areas of the sport whether professional or amateur, and importantly their involvement and dedication to the local community that is honoring them through induction.
ABOUT THE GOLDKLANG GROUP
The Goldklang Group is a sports entertainment consulting and management firm. The Group provides operational consulting and management services in all areas relating to sports franchise and event acquisition, promotion and operation.
The principals in the Group are Marvin Goldklang and Mike Veeck. Goldklang is a noted owner and operator of several highly successful minor league baseball franchises, Chairman of M.S. Goldklang and Company, a New Jersey-based merchant banking firm, and a limited partner in the Yankees. Veeck is a noted public speaker and author, as well as an owner and operator of minor league baseball clubs that continually are recognized nationally for their promotional innovation and financial success. (www.goldklanggroup.com)
ABOUT THE TOPPS COMPANY, INC.
Founded in 1938, Topps is a leading creator and marketer of sports and related cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Topps entertainment products include Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and other trading cards, sticker album collections, and collectible games. The Company's confectionery brands include “Bazooka” bubble gum, Ring Pop,” “Push Pop,” Baby Bottle Pop” and “Juicy Drop Pop” lollipops. For additional information, visit http://www.topps.com/.