Inductee — Tom Underwood
Class of 1997
Birthplace: Kokomo, IN
A 1972 graduate of Kokomo High School where he earned nine varsity letters; baseball (4), football (3) and basketball (2). He was selected a baseball All-American in 1972 and was a second round pick, 27th overall, in the June draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. In just two short years Tom made the jump to the major leagues pitching in relief in seven games in 1974 and gaining one win. In his first start in the major leagues, April 13, 1975 he threw a shutout in a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Philadelphia.
His eleven year major league career was with Philadelphia, Toronto, New York Yankees, Oakland, and Baltimore. He pitched nearly 1,600 innings, over 950 strikeouts, and 87 victories. His best two seasons were in 1975 with 14 wins with the Phillies and 1980 with 13 wins for the Yankees. Tom pitched in three League Championship Series in 1976, 1980, and 1981 with the Phillies, Yankees and Oakland respectively.
Tom is married to LPGA golf professional Christine Morra. He and Christine have two children, Danielle, 11 and J.D. (John Dominick), 7. He currently is a vice president for First Union Brokerage Services in West Palm Beach, Florida where he resides.