Benny Malone - Player
Inducted in 1988
Bennie first signed with the Fruitland Bluejays of the Marva League, before spending the next 11 years in the Central Shore League from 1946 to 1957 with Hebron and Princess Anne.
Bennie's slick fielding was not his only asset. He was a terror with the bat, winning the hitting title in 1953 with an amazing .410 average. Always in demand for both his bat and glove, he played against many now in the Eastern Shore Hall of Fame before he hung up his spikes in 1957. In 1949 with Hebron, Bennie compiled 128 at bats, 47 hits, 7 doubles, 6 triples, 26 RBI's, with a .367 average. In 1951 Bennie hit .308, and in 1954 he hit .322.
In 1952 Bennie joined the Fruitland Fire Department and was fire chief for thirteen years. He was inducted into the Firefighters Hall of Fame in 1993. He was associated with the Jones & Malone Texaco Service Station in Fruitland, Md. For 38 years until his retirement in 1989.
Bennie remained active in sports in his home town where he helped with the Little League every chance he had. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988 as one of the outstanding players of his era.