WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gallaudet University baseball head coach Curtis Pride will be inducted into the Binghamton Baseball Shrine before Friday's Binghamton Mets home game against the Trenton Thunder. The ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m. with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. in Binghamton, N.Y., at NYSEG Stadium.
Pride, deaf since birth, is one of three people being inducted along with long-time New York Yankees trainer Gene Monahan and Bill "Moose" Skowron, a five-time World Champion with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Binghamton Baseball Shrine has been inducting players since 1993.
Pride helped the Binghamton Mets win the 1992 Eastern League Championship. He drove in the first runs in franchise history with a pinch-hit home run on Opening Night on April 9, 1992. He played 118 games for Binghamton and hit 10 home runs.
"I am honored to be inducted in the Binghamton Baseball Shrine. I have many fond memories of playing in Binghamton and helping the Mets win the Eastern League Championship in Binghamton's inaugural season. I look forward to going back to Binghamton and seeing familiar faces again," said Pride.
Selected in the 10th round of the 1986 draft by the New York Mets, Pride eventually made his Major League Baseball debut with the Montreal Expos in September 1993. Over 11 seasons in the Majors, Pride played in 421 games and hit .250 with seven different teams. He had his best season with the Detroit Tigers in 1996 when he hit .300 and 10 home runs in 95 games.
This is the second Hall of Fame for Pride to be inducted into as he was enshrined by his alma mater, College of William & Mary, in the past.
Pride begins his fifth season as the head coach of the Gallaudet University baseball team and has turned around the program in a short amount of time. The Bison won a program record 25 games last year as the Bison posted a 10-4 record in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.