BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - A day he never really imagined would ever come arrived on Friday.
George McGonagle, President of the Bluefield Baseball Club, was honored for his induction into the Appalachian League Hall of Fame.
"It just means more to me than I can really say," McGonagle shared.
Friends and colleagues gathered together at Bowen Field to celebrate the crowned "King of Baseball" after decades of service to Bluefield baseball.
"You make so many friends -- and they're lifetime friends -- not here today and gone tomorrow," he said. "They're here forever, and I'm still in communication with a lot of them."
McGonagle was a special Fall 2019 inductee to the Appalachian League's Virtual Hall of Fame. His lengthy list of accolades includes being named League Executive of the Year three times. He also helped Bluefield earn the Bob Freitas Award in 1996.
But, his impact has been felt well beyond the front office.
"He's been a great mentor and friend to me -- been like a father figure to me," current Bluefield Blue Jays general manager Rocky Malamisura said. "So, the pride that we feel for him being inducted to the Hall of Fame is just immense."
The Toronto Blue Jays' Director of Minor League Operation, Charlie Wilson, and Appy League President, Dan Moushon, also attended the ceremony virtually.
"That is a true testament to the influence that George has had in professional baseball throughout the years he's been associated with Bluefield Baseball Club," Malamisura added.
But, what makes McGonagle most proud about his Bluefield baseball career, is the end result of all the hard work.
"If you were here when I first came here -- this building over here -- the one side of it was all we had," he recalled. "I just feel good about the whole thing -- from where we started."