NORTHWOODS LEAGUE ANNOUNCES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 24, 2009
Waterloo Inducts Three to Hall of Fame
(WATERLOO, IA) The Waterloo Bucks inducted three new members into to the Bucks Baseball Hall of Fame last month at their fourth annual banquet. The former Bucks inducted were Bartt Carney, Ryan Gripp, and Jim Magrane. Along with the players, Greg and Nancy Wolf were be honored for their 10 years of service as housing parents.
Bartt Carney played for the Bucks in the 1995 season. In ’95, Carney registered arguably one of the best seasons in Bucks History. The Ottumwa, Iowa resident still holds his place in the Bucks All-Time Top 10 Single-Season statistics in the following categories: 2nd in runs scored (60), 2nd in triples (4), 3rd in doubles (38), and 6th in walks (41). In his one season with the Bucks, Carney played in 52 games, totaled 60 hits with 19 RBI and a .290 batting average. After finishing up his collegiate career, Carney played in the Baltimore Orioles organization and reached the Triple-A level in 1997.
A member of the Bucks in 1997, Ryan Gripp led the team in batting average (.343), hits (74), home runs (11), doubles (18), slugging percentage (.579), RBI (47), and suns scored (50). Gripp also places in the Bucks All-Time Single-Season Top 10 in the aforementioned stat categories and the .343 batting average places him 6th on the All-Time list. Gripp played in 58 games for Waterloo in the ’97 season. For his accomplishments, Gripp was selected in the third round of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago Cubs. In 2000, the Des Moines, Iowa native was named team MVP of the Lansing Lugnuts, the Cubs Single-A affiliate.
A three-year member of the Bucks, Jim Magrane played in Waterloo from 1997 to 1999. During that span, Magrane pitched in 53 games, going 20-6, with a 2.63 ERA and 245 strikeouts. Magrane’s 20 wins are good for 1st All-Time in Northwoods League history. In 1999, Magrane won nine games, including six complete games, led the NWL with a 1.43 ERA, 134 strikeouts (Which is 1st All-Time in the NWL), was named the 1999 League Most Valuable Player and remains the only full-time pitcher to win that award. Magrane was also named to the NWL All-Decade Team. Upon finishing his collegiate career at the University of Iowa, the Ottumwa, Iowa native signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and spent six seasons at the Triple-A level for the Tampa Bay and Washington Nationals organizations respectively.
(Jim Magrane [right] is pictured with Bucks General Manager Dan Corbin.)