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Wednesday September 11, 2013Gator Baseball Great Mike Stanley Chosen To 2014 UF Athletics Hall of Fame

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The University of Florida F Club and Gator Boosters, Inc., have announced eight Gators as 2014 UF Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, including baseball standout Mike Stanley (1982-85). The 2014 Hall of Fame class will feature seven Gator Greats and one Distinguished Letterwinner that will join the 384 existing UF Hall of Famers next spring. The 2014 UF Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Friday, March 7, at 6 p.m. in the Holloway Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. 

 

In addition to Stanley, this year’s induction class also includes Gator Greats Aury Cruz (Volleyball), Jenny Gladding (Softball), Justin O’Neal (Men’s Tennis), Keiwan Ratliff (Football), Colleen Rosensteel (Women’s Track & Field) and Sarah Yohe (Soccer). Former UF swimmer, lifetime member of swimming and diving’s Splash Club and Gator Boosters Board of Directors member Harrison “Harry” Wilder will be inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Letterwinner .

 

Each year, the F Club Committee selects members to the Hall of Fame, divided into three different categories: Gator Greats, Distinguished Letterwinners and Honorary Letterwinners. 

 

Gator Greats are letterwinners who have brought recognition and prominence to the University and themselves by athletic accomplishments as a student-athlete. Distinguished Letterwinners are former student-athletes who have made major contributions to the University’s athletic program through personal time, effort, interest and many years of continued service. They also have distinguished themselves as exceptional in their chosen field of endeavor.

 

Honorary Letterwinners are coaches and athletic officials (after retirement) who were not letterwinners/athletes at the University of Florida, yet have rendered outstanding service to the intercollegiate athletic program through personal time, effort, interest and through many years of continued service.

 

Stanley earned All-SEC recognition three times in his career: 1982 (catcher), 1984 (utility) and 1985 (utility) and was a four-time selection to the All-SEC Eastern Division squad: 1982 (catcher), 1983 (designated hitter), 1984 (utility) and 1985 (catcher). He is one of just six players in school history to make All-SEC three times, joining Josh Adams (2008-09, 2011), Nolan Fontana (2010-12), Preston Tucker (2010-12), Marc Valdes (1991-93) and Brad Wilkerson (1996-98).

 

The Fort Lauderdale native was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient (1983 & 1984) and was named to the 1985 NCAA Atlantic Regional All-Tournament Team. He was a three-time SEC All-Tournament Team member in 1982 (catcher), 1984 (third base) and 1985 (first base), with UF winning two titles in his tenure (1982 & 1984). His batting average as a Gator was .350 in 217 games played and 169 starts, with 255 hits, 181 runs, 175 walks, 153 RBI, 45 doubles, 22 homers and seven triples. 

 

Stanley was selected in the 16th round of the 1985 Major League Draft by the Texas Rangers at No. 395. He is the longest-tenured Gator player ever in the Major Leagues, enjoying a 15-year career between 1986-2000 with the Texas Rangers (1986-91), New York Yankees (1992-95, 1997), Boston Red Sox (1996-97, 1998-2000), Toronto Blue Jays (1998) and Oakland Athletics (2000).

 

He had a career batting average of .270, with 702 RBI, 625 runs, 220 doubles and 187 home runs and participated in the 1995 MLB All-Star Game. Stanley advanced to the postseason four times: 1995 & 1997 (New York Yankees) and 1998-99 (Boston Red Sox) and had a career batting average of .356 (26-for-73) in 20 games. He won the 1993 Silver Slugger Award at catcher and caught the last of Nolan Ryan’s seven no-hitters while playing for the Rangers.

 

Gators during Stanley’s career

Year

Overall

SEC

SEC Tourney

NCAA Tourney

1982

34-25-1

14-8 SEC – 1st in East, 1st overall

Champion (3-1)

0-2 at NCAA Atlantic Regional (Coral Gables, FL)

1983

38-14

14-7 SEC – 1st in East

0-2

None

1984

43-16-1

18-4 SEC – 1st in East, 1st overall

Champion (3-1)

0-2 at NCAA South I Regional (Tallahassee, FL)

1985

43-18

15-6 SEC – 1st in East

1-2

3-2 at NCAA Atlantic Regional (Coral Gables, FL)

 

Totals:   158-73-1 (.683) overall

                61-25 (.709) in SEC with two overall and four Eastern Division titles

 

Stanley on UF’s Career Charts (entering 2014 season)

On-Base Pct.       

.479

Second

Walks                    

175

Second

Batting Average  

.350

Ninth

Hits                        

255

Ninth

 

Stanley’s Florida SEC Tournament Records

Most RBI, Career:

13, Preston Tucker, 2009-12 & Mike Stanley, 1982-85

Most Runs, Career:

13, Nolan Fontana (2010-12), Dave Majeski (1989-92) & Mike Stanley (1982-85)

Most Home Runs, Career:

3, Jonathan Pigott, 2007-10, Chuck Hazzard, 1995-98, Mike Stanley, 1982-85

Most Walks, Game:

4, Mike Stanley vs. Alabama (5/14/82)

 

 

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