OSCAR GAMBLE TO BE INDUCTED INTOTHE STATE OF ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
BIRMINGHAM – The former major league baseball player Oscar Gamble will be one of eight to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 21, 2016.A native of Ramer, AL, Gamble played seventeen seasons in the major leagues for seven different teams (Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees (twice), Chicago White Sox (twice), San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers). He had a career batting average of .265, with 200 home runs and 666 RBIs. His best overall season was in 1977 with the Chicago White Sox, where he had a .297 batting average, career highs in home runs (31), RBIs (83), runs (75), and doubles (22). His best year hitting was in 1979 when he played for both the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, with a .358 batting average. Notably, he finished with more career walks (610) than strikeouts (546). He played in two World Series with the New York Yankees (1976 & 1981). He has the distinction of logging the last hit and RBI at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium on October 1, 1970.Other members of the ASHOF Class of 2016 include: James Brooks (football), David Cutcliffe (coaching), Jim Fulmer (basketball), Martha Jones Lang (golf), Chris Samuels (football), Calvin Smith (track and field), and Andrew Toney (basketball). Edgar Welden, Chairman of the Board of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will receive the Distinguished American Sportsman Award.For ticket information to the May 21st Induction Banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.