Cheney recognized by Baseball Hall of Fame

From John Millikan at the Albany Herald on August 10, 2012, with mention of SABR member Tim Herlich:

Tucked away in the third floor of the Baseball Hall of Fame is a memorial etched with the names of some of the greatest pitchers to play the game.

Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Sandy Koufax …

Terri Cook’s eyes, however, never leave the top of the list.

“That’s where Daddy’s name is,” she said Friday. “Right there at the top.”

Cook and other members of her family traveled to the Baseball Hall of Fame this week to take part in a ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of her father, Tom Cheney, who holds the record for the highest number of strikeouts in a single MLB game.

Cheney, a native of Morgan who spent most of his adult life in Leesburg and Albany, struck out 21 Baltimore Orioles in a 16-inning game Sept. 12, 1962, as a member of the Washington Senators, and the Society for American Baseball Research hosted a ceremony Friday on the cusp of the 50th anniversary.

Cheney died in 2001, but several of his family members and a number of people visiting the Hall of Fame sat in on the presentation in the Bullpen Theatre.

“It was very special,” Cook, who made the trip to Cooperstown with her sister, Lacie Allred; her daughter, Courtney Arenas; and her nieces, Elizabeth and Carson Allred, told The Herald by telephone Friday “I’m very proud of him. Part of the presentation that (author and member of the Society for American Baseball Research) Tim Herlich gave talked about how my father played for a team that wasn’t very good at the time and there wasn’t a big agenda there. But Herlich said that shouldn’t stop him from being recognized.”

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Originally published: August 24, 2012. Last Updated: August 24, 2012.