Fans select local products Reese Havens, Billy Swails, Jr. & umpire David Hoffman
CHARLESTON, SC August 7, 2014 – South Carolina’s Reese Havens, The Citadel’s Billy Swails, Jr. and umpire David Hoffman have been voted by local fans and the committee to create the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.
Havens and Swails were selected by voting by fans while Hoffman was chosen by the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Committee.
Formal induction into the Hall of Fame will take place on the field of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Friday, August 15, prior to the Charleston RiverDogs – Rome Braves game that begins at 7:05 p.m.
Havens was a three-year letterwinner at the University of South Carolina from 2006-08. He played in 193 games in his three-year career and hit .298 (215-for-721) with 27 homers and 140 RBI. His junior year was his top season as he earned third team All-America honors and second team All-Southeastern Conference recognition at shortstop. That year, Havens started all 63 games for Carolina and batted .359 with 18 homers and 57 RBI to go along with 13 doubles and two triples. He was named to the 2008 NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Tournament team, and was drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft as the No. 22 overall selection by the New York Mets. Havens was added to the Mets’ 40 man roster on November 18, 2011 and retired from baseball on January 22, 2014 due to an injury-plagued career.
Hoffman began his umpiring career at Parks Field in Summerville in 1974 and coached Little League for two years before deciding to move to umpiring with a 40-year career lasting from 1974-2013. He umpired public and independent high school games, collegiate summer and college games and called more than 4,000 contests in his career. In 1988 Hoffman served as crew chief in the NAIA Regional 6 Tournament and in 1977 began umpiring college baseball at the Baptist College (now Charleston Southern) and The Citadel. In 1987 Hoffman began umpiring with the Charleston Umpire Association and The Independent High School League. He has since umpired high school playoffs in 1987, 1988 and state championship in 1988 for S.C. Independent League while also calling three Southern Conference and two Big South tournaments. Hoffman also umpired NCAA Division II Regionals and the Division II World Series in 1989, 1991 and 1996. Hoffman enters the Hall of Fame as its first umpire.
Swails is a Mt. Pleasant native who was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. A three-time member of the All-Southern Conference team as a second baseman, Swails earned a spot as a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association All-America Team in 1989. He is a member of the Class of 1989.
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CHARLESTON BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
2014 – Reese Havens
Billy Swails, Jr.
2013 – Steven Jackson
2012 – Gettys Glaze
2011 – Bill Ackerman
2010 – Lee Glaze
2009 – John Dodds, Jr.
W.S. “Bull” Durham
2008 – Bryce Florie
2007 – 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Star Team
1990 Citadel World Series Team
2006 – Ty Cline
2005 – John Candelaria
2004 – David Cone
2003 – Willie Randolph