John James “Ollie” Mumford - Player
Inducted in 1988
Born April 16, 1920 in Salisbury, MD. Ollie attended Wicomico High School where he was active in school sports, and began his baseball career with the old Salisbury "AA" from 1940-42. In 1946, after a tour in the service, Ollie signed with the local town team of Salisbury that toured around the shore taking on all comers.
In 1947, Ollie switched to the Salisbury Pirates, another town team. He was a slick fielding, everyday player, hitting .260 to .270 every year. Never a flashy player, Ollie knew how to get the job done for any manager, which is probably 90% of the game. When not playing baseball, Ollie was employed by Delmarva Power and Light until his retirement in 1983.
In the late 1980's Ollie joined the Board of Directors of the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988 as a player whose hustle and enthusiasm made him a valued player and teammate.