The names seem to get bigger with every year of enshrinement at the Hampton Roads Sports Hall Of Fame. Monday night, 6 new members were inducted at Norfolk Scope. They included Michael Cuddyer, Rod Taylor, Ticha Penichiero, Paul Fraim, Gray Simons and Joe Agee.
Cuddyer, a Chesapeake native, played 15 major league seasons between 3 teams; the Twins, Rockies and the Mets. He won the 2013 National League batting title hitting .331 with Colorado. Cuddyer played his high school ball for the Great Bridge Wildcats.
"Rocket" Rod Taylor set franchise records for the Hampton Roads Admirals for games, goals and points. He helped guide the ECHL Admirals to league titles in 1992 and 1998.
Former ODU Lady Monarch, Ticha Penichiero was an All-American guard who led Old Dominion to the national title game in 1997. She went on to play 15 years in the WNBA and won a championship with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2005.
Portsmouth native, Joe Agee had a long career as an athlete and coach at both William & Mary and the college's Norfolk division (which is now Old Dominion University). He was an outstanding baseball and basketball player. Agee then spent 35 years as the Tribe's golf coach.
Gray Simons did it all as a wrestler. The native of Norfolk was state wrestling champ at Granby, then went on to win three NCAA titles. He was a four-time All-American at Lock Haven and represented the United States at the Olympics in 1960 & 1964. His college coaching career took him to Old Dominion University where his record was 131-106-2. Simons is also a member of the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame.
Former Norfolk Mayor, Paul Fraim was a former standout in football at Norfolk Cathlolic High School. He'd later play at Virginia Military Institute. Fraim served as Norfolk's mayor from 1994-2016 and led multiple efforts to attract a major-league sports franchise to the area. Fraim was a key component to the planning and construction of Harbor Park for the Norfolk Tides.