Woody Woodward inducted into the Greater Miami Sports Hall of Champions

Woody Woodward (r), Dwyane Wade (c) and Jack Nicklaus at the Greater Miami Sports Hall of Champions.

Woody Woodward (r), Dwyane Wade (c) and Jack Nicklaus at the Greater Miami Sports Hall of Champions.

For Woody Woodward it was another in a career filled with honors…but this honor hit very close to home.

Woodward, who was the Mariners General Manager from the middle of the 1988 season through the end of the 1999 season, was inducted into the Greater Miami Sports Hall of Champions on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Woody was honored as the Lifetime Contributions to Sports Inductee.

He was joined in the 2015 class by golfing great Jack Nicklaus, tennis star Chris Everett and NBA player Dwyane Wade.

Woody Woodward giving his acceptance speech.

Woody Woodward giving his acceptance speech.

Woodward, who still works for the Mariners as a Major League scout, was the architect of the Mariners rise to prominence in the mid-90s. He oversaw the first winning season in franchise history (1991); the ascension of Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez to the Majors; traded for Randy Johnson; made key moves that allowed Seattle to claim American League West Titles in 1995 and 1997; and transitioned the make-up of the ML roster for the opening of Safeco Field in 1999, laying the groundwork for the team’s post-season appearances in 2000 and 2001.

“Miami is my hometown, and to be honored here is very special to me,” Woodward said.

Woody was born in Miami, and attended Coral Gables High School where he was an All City shortstop and led the team to a state championship. He was inducted into the Coral Gables HS Hall of Fame in 1988.

Woodward attended Florida State University and was the All-America Shortstop in 1963. Woody played in the Majors with the Milwaukee Braves, the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds from 1963-71, before returning to FSU as the head coach from 1975-78.

Woody’s Florida State teams earned three NCAA Tournament bids, and advanced to the College World Series once. He was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1981.

In addition to his time in Seattle, Woody was the General Manager for the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Created in 1990, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Sports Hall of Champions includes about 100 sports figures.

Past inductees include Alonzo Mourning, Jeff Conine, Dan Marino and Joe DiMaggio. To be eligible, you “must be a professional athlete, team executive, administrator or coach with South Florida ties who has given back to the Miami community in a major way.”

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