Here’s the official release on the newest inductee into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame:
Catcher Sam Hairston played during six seasons for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the old Western League between 1950 and 1956, and his legacy in the game is of historic proportions as a pioneer and part of an amazing baseball family. Hairston played for the Birmingham Black Barons and Indianapolis Clowns in the Negro League from 1944-50 before signing with the Chicago White Sox in 1950 and reporting to Class A Colorado Springs.
When he was called up from Colorado Springs in 1951, he became the first African-American player in the history of the White Sox, just four years after Jackie Robinson’s historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Hairston was the Western league MVP in 1953, hitting .310 with eight home runs and 102 RBI, leading the Sky Sox to the regular season crown. In 1955, he won the league batting title at .350, with six HRs and 91 RBI and reaching the 500-hit plateau for the Sox.
He retired after the 1960 season, then spent the rest of his career as a scout and coach with the White Sox. He died in 1997, after induction into the Sky Sox Hall of Fame in 1993. Hairston comes from the biggest major league baseball family, as the father of major league players Jerry Hairston, Sr. and Johnny Hairston, and the grandfather of Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Scott Hairston
The annual banquet and induction ceremony is set for the evening of Tuesday, October 25, at the Colorado Springs World Arena. It begins with a 6:00 p.m. reception and famed sports silent auction, with the program starting at 7:00. A sold-out crowd of 700 was on hand last year.
And in Rockies news, here’s a quick video of Cal Ripken talking about what makes the team’s defense so special.