Legendary Knuckleballer, Florida Tech Grad Tim Wakefield Inducted into Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012
By Space Coast Daily // June 17, 2012
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Legendary knuckleballer Tim Wakefield stood before a sold-out crowd of friends, fans and admirers during the inaugural Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction in 2012 and searched for words to describe his feelings at the moment.
Inductees Traveled From All Over America For Installation
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Legendary knuckleballer Tim Wakefield stood before a sold-out crowd of friends, fans and admirers at the inaugural Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction in 2012 and searched for words to describe his feelings at the moment.
Wakefield, usually a cool customer on and off the playing field, fought back tears welling up in his eyes while thanking the coaches he played for along the way in his long baseball career and for the unwavering support of his family.
“I wouldn’t be here today if not for my high school coach, Ken Campbell, or my college coach Les Hall,” Wakefield said. “I also would like to thank my wife, Stacy, for allowing me to pursue my dream.”
Inducted in the professional athlete category, Wakefield played high school baseball at Eau Gallie High School and Florida Tech before rising to the big leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox.
He won 200 games in the major leagues and despite playing in key playoff matchups, the All-Star Game and in the World Series before millions of fans, he said being inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame is the top honor he’s ever been given.
“There’s something special about being recognized by those in your hometown,” Wakefield said.
“Melbourne is my home and always will be and this is something I will remember forever. Of all of the awards I have been given, this one means the most to me.”
SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS NOW FOR CLASS OF 2020
The selection committee is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
The organizing and selection committee consists of Space Cast Daily President and Publisher Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Zach Clark, Health First Founder and 40-year Brevard resident Larry Garrison and AAU Vice President Rusty Buchanan.
SELECTED IN FOUR CATEGORIES
Nominees are chosen in four categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports. Special honorary recognition is also be bestowed upon individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.
A special committee will select the Class of 2020, and the inductees will be enshrined in the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, May 8, 2020.
The list of potential and deserving candidates for induction traditionally includes athletes and coaches everybody knows – and some that may have been forgotten with the passing of time.
FOR INFORMATION about the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, or to make a nomination, e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-615-8111.
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