Hall of Fame Pioneers

 The Hot Stovers Baseball Club of South Jersey

Honors and pays tribute to deceased players and coaches

Of South Jersey upon their Induction into the

South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame Pioneers

Howard Davidson 2017

James Kelly 2017

Ted Gruber 2017

Purnal Goldy 2017

James Kelly

Gloucester City HS Coach

Howard Davidson who played semi-professionally in the late 1920s and ’30s. He attended Camden High School and graduated from Palmyra High School and is in its Hall of Fame; Purnal Goldy, an outfielder from Camden who played for the Detroit Tigers after graduating from Temple University in 1959; Ted Gruber, a Bridgeton High School graduate, who went on to play semi-professional baseball in South Jersey after spending many years as an infielder in the minor leagues; and James Kelly, a Gloucester Catholic first baseman who played his college ball at LaSalle University on a full scholarship. He was Gloucester City High School’s head coach from 1966 to 1980 winning two South Jersey Group One championships. He is a member of the South Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame ’86.


Jim Kelly receiving his Dad’s HOF Pioneer Plaque from Tom Haas