Steve Finley a member of the 2014 MVC Hall of Fame class

    Steve Finley was a two-time All-MVC outfielder at SIU.

    Steve Finley was a two-time All-MVC outfielder at SIU.
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    Aug 13, 2013

    ST. LOUIS - Saluki baseball great Steve Finley will be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame on Friday, March 7, 2014, the league has announced. He is one of the five members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

    In four years at SIU, Finley was a two-time All-MVC selection. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles as their 13th-round draft pick following his senior year and enjoyed a 19-year career in Major League Baseball. The starting center fielder on the 2001 Arizona Dimaondbacks World Series championship team, he was also a five-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time MLB all-star.

    Finley will be the first SIU baseball player to enter to the MVC Hall of Fame and the seventh Saluki overall. 

    Joining Finley in the Hallf of Fame class are track and field coaching great Chris Bucknam of Northern Iowa, four-time men’s soccer All-American Gavin Glinton of Bradley, men’s basketball coach and administrator Bob King of Indiana State and longtime administrator and coach Dr. Linda Herman of Illinois State.

    The league will conduct its annual Hall of Fame ceremony as part the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship weekend next March 6-9.

    The March 7 festivities will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast, followed by the induction ceremony at 8:30 a.m. 

    Tickets to the 2014 Hall of Fame event – scheduled to be held in the Peabody Opera House which is adjacent to Scottrade Center in St. Louis– can be obtained by calling the league office at (314) 444-4300. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.