Baseball to Host Fourth Annual Lead-Off Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction
Dec. 17, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's baseball program will host its fourth annual Lead-Off Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction on January 25, 2013, at the Drexelbrook Banquet Facility in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. The dinner will feature the induction of Jack Gallop '56, Ralph Dell'Arciprete '80, and Mike Sharkey '96 into the Saint Joseph's Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Harry Booth `62 Award for outstanding dedication to the Saint Joseph's baseball program will also be given out that night. This year, the honor will be bestowed upon Jose and Laura Rivera.
Gallop played second base for the Hawks in the mid-1950s, serving as team captain under head coach Jack Ramsay as a senior in 1956. During that senior campaign, Gallop played in all 18 games and hit .354 with a home run and 11 runs batted in. After the season, he signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization and went on to spend two seasons in their minor league system.
Dell'Arciprete was an All-East Coast Conference second baseman and Saint Joseph's team captain, leading SJU in batting average as a senior in 1980. The Hawks reached the ECC playoffs in three of Dell'Arciprete's four seasons on Hawk Hill, including a trip to the finals in 1979. He later went on to serve as an assistant coach with the Hawks in 1985.
Sharkey is among the program's all-time leaders in games played, having donned the Crimson and Gray 192 times between 1993 and 1996. He is Saint Joseph's all-time leader in bases on balls, drawing 122 walks in his career. He also ranks second all-time in runs scored (154), tied for second in triples (11), fifth in runs batted in (129) and ninth in hits (202). Sharkey earned Honorable Mention Freshman All-American honors in 1993 and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team in 1993 and 1994. Upon his graduation, Sharkey ranked third all-time in career hits.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit alumni.sju.edu/baseball. The cost is $60 ($45 for Young Alumni) and includes a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster and former voice of Hawk basketball Tom McCarthy will once again serve as the master of ceremonies.