Jacques Papierclip will be the sole induction to the hallowed halls of the Bull League Hall of Fame for 2018, after taking in 82.5% of the votes in his second year of eligibility.
Players require 75% or more of the votes for admission, and must have been retired at least two seasons to become eligible.
Papierclip earned a reputation as a winning pitcher, as well as a tough out as a batter, having started his career before the DH rule was implemented. In 1997, he won the Lake League Gold Crown Award at the pitcher position, after hitting .270 that season and crafting a .703 OPS. His five career home runs puts him second among retired pitchers, behind only Dick Slurve.
The left-hander from Oakville, Connecticut, who played 17 years in the Bull League for six teams, finished as the winningest Seattle Salts pitcher ever, and still holds many records for that club, including career and single-season ERA, and more.
Though he never won the Sandy Koufax Award, despite going 12-2 in 1999 and 12-1 in 2007, he came in second or third place five times in his career for the prestigious pitching award.
Among his many accolades, Papierclip was named to All-Star teams a total of eight times through his career.
Though retired from playing professional baseball, Papierclip began a coaching career with the Anchorage Aces in 2017 as the bench coach. He has a reputation as being easy to get along with, but also as a perfectionist when it comes to baseball fundamentals, particularly favoring smallball tactics when filling in for GM and field manager Brandon Popper.
Just missing admission in this year’s HOF voting were Prennick Argon, Dave “The Dominator” Norman, and closer Arturo Davila.