Al Deluca - Player
Inducted in 2011
Al Deluca (Player) - He was an outstanding outfielder for the United States Coast Guard who always showed up in the news articles given to the servicemen. He was known for his strong arm catching base runners trying to take extra bases. A new article from a sports review quoted this about Al "Most exciting were those long run-stopping throws of Deluca...his peep-sight arm had the Marines running base in the wrong direction quite a few times."
After leaving the Coast Guard, Al went on to play centerfield for the Seaford Eagles in the Eastern Shore Baseball League from 1946 to 1948. He was a fanastic defensive player and one of the leading hitters for the Seaford Eagles. Al made the All-Star team in 1946 and 1947, and also helped them win the Eastern Shore League Championship in 1947. He was named "Player of the Week", and received the Eastern Shore Sports Writers' Association Sportsmanship Award in 1946.
In 1949, Al played for the Milton semi-pro baseball team in the Mar-Del Baseball League and made the All-Star team. One of his teammates Allen Beebe stated "He could do it all! Hit, field, run bases - plus he was a tremendous role model. It is my opinion that he was the best outfielder in the league that year."
In 1951 and 1952, Al played for the Pine Bluff baseball team in the Cotton States Baseball League.
Al was also an excellent basketball player. He played the Championship Key West, Florida Coast Guard team as well as the Laurel Basketball team after his service to the Coast Guard.
Al loved sports, but was especially fond of baseball. In 1996, the Seaford Star selected him as one of the "Boys of Summer".