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Four Added To Albuquerque Baseball Hall

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Bream, Brock, Kennedy, Salazar will be honored July 21

Players Sid Bream and Greg Brock, manager Kevin Kennedy and sports writer Carlos Salazar will be inducted into the Albuquerque Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 2012 class will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on July 21.

The four were nominated and elected by vote of the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame committee, consisting of baseball history experts throughout the city of Albuquerque.

Bream, who had a 12-year major league career, played parts of four seasons with the Dukes from 1982-85, batting a combined .336 with 70 home runs and 267 RBIs in 340 games. In 1983, Bream led the Pacific Coast League with 32 home runs and drove in a league-high 118 runs.

Brock holds the Albuquerque Triple-A record for home runs in a season with 44 in 1982, the same year he racked up a record 318 total bases. In parts of two seasons with the Dukes, 1982 and 1984, Brock batted .311 in 159 games.

Kennedy was a standout catcher for the Dukes in 1982 and 1983 before going on to become the Albuquerque  manager  from 1989-1991. In three seasons at the helm of the Dukes, Kennedy amassed a 251-171 record and guided Albuquerque to a PCL Championship in 1990.

Salazar worked at the Albuquerque Tribune from 1946-1996 and covered the Dukes for 27 seasons. He was the first writer to be inducted to the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. Before he passed away in 1998, Salazar was issued a lifetime pass by Major League Baseball in recognition of his contributions to the game.

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— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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