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D. Michael Hargrove

His given name is Dudley Michael Hargrove, but to baseball fans every-where he is better known as Mike Hargrove. He is revered by all fans of the Cleveland Indians for taking over as manager of "The Ugly Stepchild of Baseball" and making the team into winners. A mid-season replacement in 1991 for John McNamara, the native of Texas started slow as the Indians only won 32 of 85 games en route to the franchise's worst season (57-105) in a century of baseball history. His breakthrough came in the strike-shortened 1993 campaign as Cleveland had its first winning season (66-47) since the previous strike-shortened season of 1981 (52-51). He would go onto manage the Indians to five consecutive Central Division titles, two American League Championships and into the World Series in 1995 and '97. The Sporting News named Hargrove, who posted a nine-season mark 721-591 with the Indians, American League Manager of the Year in 1995 after leading the Tribe to a 100-44 record and its first pennant in 41 years. His professional baseball career began in 1972 with the Texas Rangers and two years later he was on the teams' major league roster. He spent five years with Texas before being traded to San Diego and then to Cleveland in 1979 where for six seasons he was a fixture at first base for the Tribe. Mike, who was an American League All-Star in 1975, compiled a lifetime .290 batting average over 12 seasons before hanging it up as an active player in 1985. He excelled in baseball, football and basketball at his alma mater, Northwest Oklahoma State, and is an inductee in the University's, the NAIA's and the Texas Panhandle's Sports Halls of Fame. Hargrove was manager of the Baltimore Orioles from 2000 thru 2003 which brought his overall managerial record to 996-963. He and his wife, Sharon, continue to call Northeast Ohio their home, residing in Richfield.

Inducted 2001 | Baseball, Coach