Bruce Alger, longtime president/general manager of the New Market Rebels and the current Valley Baseball League commissioner/president, is one of seven 2019 inductees to be installed in the VBL Hall of Fame, the league announced this week.
The inductees will be recognized during the Valley League All-Star Game in Harrisonburg on July 7.
The 2019 class, the league’s fourth since the Hall of Fame was established in 2016, includes Alger, Lorenzo Bundy, Mike Cubbage, Larry Dofflemyer, Jim Kite, Juan Pierre and Mo Vaughn, according to a news release.
Alger, who was elected to the Hall as an administrator, has spent 54 years in the Valley League with the Rebels. He’s served as New Market’s president/general manager since 2001. Alger served on the league’s Board of Directors for over 25 years, the release states, and was the VBL’s vice president for seven years before being elected president in 2017.
Alger is the only administrator elected to the 2019 Hall of Fame class.
Vaughn, who played for the Harrisonburg Turks in 1987, played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball and won the American League MVP award in 1995 as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Pierre, another former Turk (1997), played 13 seasons in the majors and won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003.
Bundy, who played college ball at James Madison University and in the Valley League for New Market, played eight seasons and coached for 10 in the minor and Mexican leagues, according to the release. Bundy also held MLB coaching positions for eight years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cubbage played in the VBL for the Charlottesville Hornets in 1968 and 1969, leading the league in home runs the first season and in batting average the next, the release states. He played in the major leagues from 1974-1981, with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins, and coached in MLB for 14 years, including a stint as the interim manager of the New York Mets in 1991, according to the release. Since 2015, Cubbage has served as special assistant to the general manager for the Washington Nationals, the release states.
Dofflemyer played for the Elkton Blue Sox (in 1952 and from 1954-1957) and the Shenandoah Indians (1958-1965) and managed Shenandoah from 1970-75, winning two pennants and three VBL championships. Dofflemyer coached and taught for over 30 years at high schools in Madison, Nelson, Shenandoah, Albemarle and Page counties, according to the release.
Kite, who played for the Elkton Blue Sox in 1952, was a player-manager for the Shenandoah Indians from 1960-1963 and won Valley League titles in 1960, 1961 and 1963. He played six years of pro baseball from 1954-1959, the release states.