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Joe Maddon

Baseball (Inducted: 2009-10)


Joe  Maddon

Also a baseball standout and catcher, Maddon played three years of baseball under Norm Gigon and helped the Leopards to a 49-28 record during that span. Initially recruited to play football, Maddon played one season as a quarterback on the team. In his final game, he completed 14 of 17 passes for four touchdowns in a win over Lehigh.

Following his tenure at Lafayette, Maddon spent four seasons as a catcher in the Anaheim Angels' minor league system. After his playing career ended, he remained with the organization in several roles, including minor league manager and bench coach for the Angels, who advanced to the postseason three times and captured the 2002 World Series title.

His greatest success came after being named the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2005. He led his 2008 Rays squad to their first-ever postseason and World Series appearances en route to being named the unanimous selection for American League Manager of the Year. Maddon recently had his contract extended through the 2012 season.

Maddon married the former Jaye Sousoures on November 8, 2008, ten days after the World Series. Joe has two children, Sarah and Joey and two grandchildren Tyler and Coral Ray.

In the winters between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Maddon has hosted "Thanks-mas" for needy individuals in the Tampa Bay area. He personally shopped, cooked and served spaghetti, sausage, meatballs, pierogies, pasta and salad for approximately 1,000 individuals at Salvation Army shelters in Bradenton, St. Petersburg, Port Charlotte and Tampa.

During the 2008 postseason, Maddon wore a bracelet from the John Challis Courage for Life Foundation. A native of Beaver County, Pa., John was 18 years old when he passed away from cancer in August 2008. The two formed a bond when they met at Pittsburgh's PNC Park prior to a Rays-Pirates game the previous June.

May 12, 2009, Maddon was honored by the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. The House unanimously voted in favor of a resolution highlighting Maddon's accomplishments on the baseball diamond and his continued ties to the city of Hazleton, Pa., the manager's hometown.