2017 marks our fourth induction class into the Cactus League Hall of Fame. This year we are excited to announce the first former players to be inducted; Ernie Banks, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, and Willie Mays, four outstanding Major League players who also helped blaze the trail of integration in baseball, as well as spring training in Arizona.
They were not only exceptional players; the 2017 inductees into the Cactus League Hall of Fame were also pioneers who helped change the face of sport and society.
Willie Mays, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin and Ernie Banks were African Americans who helped break baseball’s color barrier in the 1940s and ‘50s. They became star players who also helped establish the Cactus League.