CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern alum and Hall of Famer R.J. Swindle was named to the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 as announced by the Charleston RiverDogs on Friday morning.
Swindle joins a class that includes umpire John Couch, former Citadel slugger Phil Hartig, and CofC hurler Ryan Johnson in the 15th annual Hall of Fame class.
The four new inductees will be honored prior to the RiverDogs' Friday, August 4 home game against Greenville at 7:05 p.m., and will have their names inscribed on the Hall of Fame list located on the main concourse of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs. An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable local volunteers was created to come up with the names of potential nominees. The Hall of Fame is located inside Riley Park.
Swindle etched his name in the Charleston Southern record book thanks to a brilliant 2003 season. He set the still-standing single-season records for wins (10) and strikeouts (140) en route to finishing the year 10-5 with an impeccable 2.21 ERA.
His 18 starts that season is also tied for the most made by any CSU pitcher. He capped his illustrious collegiate career as the Bucs' all-time leader in wins (24), while placing second in innings pitched (349.2) and games started (51).
The crowning moment of Swindle's career came on the international level. The Vancouver, Canada native suited up for the Canadian National Team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Germany, and the 2013 World Baseball Classic here in the United States.
Swindle has also enjoyed two stints in the Major Leagues, a three-game run with the eventual World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 and a six-game stretch with the Milwaukee Brewers the following year.
After starting his pro career in the Boston Red Sox organization, Swindle signed with the New York Yankees and found himself 20 minutes from the CSU campus pitching for the Charleston RiverDogs. Swindle posted one of the better seasons of his career with the RiverDogs, going 4-2 with two saves and a 0.61 ERA over 44.1 innings.
Swindle wrapped up a nine-year professional career in 2012, pitching with the Memphis Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals' AAA affiliate.