Year Inducted – 1984
From his All-City days at West High through his days in the A League and the travels through the historic old Negro Leagues, Ed Finney was a “bulldog” of a player, ripping out line drive base hits and sweeping the field from second or third base positions. After a stint in the Navy following West High, Finney began again to display his talents on the diamond with an All-Star performance for Stembridge A.C. In between trips to the Negro Leagues, 1947-50, Ed got in a year with the champion Borden Autos team. A broken ankle cut off his pro chances in ’51, while others like Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Joe Black and Jim Gilliam were moving up the major league ladder. He returned to the pro’s in ’52 but another ankle injury in ’54 ended his pro career. Ed finished out on the Akron sandlots with the Royal Vagabonds and then spent a few years coaching in the youth leagues.