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Sky Sox owner named to PCL Hall of Fame

Published: April 3, 2014, 2:02 pm, by Joe Paisley

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Pacific Coast League announced today that Sky Sox owner Dave Elmore will be inducted into its Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014.

Joining him will be former players Lou Almada, Dave Barbee, and Wally Hood.

Elmore is just the 11th executive to be inducted into the hall, which was founded in 1942 and is now comprised of 100 members including the 2014 class.

Elmore has been a major influence in the growth and advancement of the Pacific Coast League since he bought his first franchise in 1981 when it was operating in Honolulu as the Hawaii Islanders.

That team was later moved to Colorado Springs in 1988 and was renamed the Sky Sox where they have played ever since. He is also founder of the Elmore Sports Group, a sports and entertainment company started in 1969 and, at one point, comprised of seven Minor League Baseball and hockey teams, in addition to companies specializing in facility management, hospitality, special events and concessions.

It is one of the largest ownership groups in Minor League Baseball, with over a million fans annually visiting their sports franchises. In 33 years of ownership, Elmore teams have made the playoffs 61 times and won 19 championships in five different leagues.

Elmore has served on the board of directors since 1981 and on the executive committee from 1988 to present.

The U.S. Olympic supporter was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.