Co-creator Ryan Moore joins State College of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame along with Tom Cook

2014 inductees are baseball players Moore and Cook

jdill@bradenton.comJanuary 25, 2014 

BAYSHORE GARDENS -- The State College of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame has inducted many members through the years.

But Ryan Moore's inclusion in the 2014 class Friday at IMG Academy Golf Club was a unique honor.

That's because Moore was instrumental in starting the hall of fame in the mid-2000s with former athletic director and hall of fame member George Sanders.

"George and I, obviously being local, had stayed in touch," said Moore, a Bradenton resident. "And just one day, George and I were hemming and hawing around. ... So we started putting our heads together, and I just told him, 'I go around and travel to a lot of different baseball programs now ... and I just noticed that a lot of people had hall of fames.' ... That's how it kind of got started."

Moore joined former catcher Tom Cook as the 2014 inductees.

Moore, who was inducted as friend of the program, got his start with the SCF program when he was a youth as a batboy alongside friends Tim Hill II and Ronnie Wynn, the sons of legendary former SCF baseball head coaches Tim Hill and Robert C. Wynn. Tim Hill II is SCF's current baseball coach.

From there, Moore developed his baseball career at Bradenton Christian before playing for two years at the then-Manatee Community College and at the University of Central Florida. Moore played at MCC in 1990 and 1991. He went 6-1 as a pitcher on the '91 JUCO World Series runner-up squad.

But following his playing career, Moore returned to his roots and got involved with giving back to the SCF athletic program.

"You can move away for awhile, but you always find home," Moore said. "To me, Bradenton was home. Being a baseball player at Manatee Community College was home."

Some of what Moore has contributed to the SCF program includes the starting the hall of fame with Sanders and getting a 10-foot halo around home plate on the baseball field and the scoreboard that sits behind the right field fence. He also started the Robert C. Wynn Scholarship.

"In the very beginning, it was designed to give one college athlete, whether they were baseball, softball, volleyball or whatever, one athletic full scholarship that would cover tuition and books," Moore said. "There were certain goals. You had to a have a 3.0 or better GPA. There were certain standards to it. ... Now it's evolved ... . A kid who isn't very well off and the baseball coach or volleyball coach needs to dip into an athletic fund, because the scholarship money isn't there from a state level. But they're able to dip into that fund to help pay the extra room and board for a kid."

Meanwhile, Cook was a member of the then-Manatee Junior College under Wynn's guidance, playing from 1965-67 and earning All-American honors in 1967. Cook finished up his collegiate career at Florida State, before playing professionally.

"It's a huge honor," Cook said. "It was a little unexpected. I did not expect it to be. It's a huge honor, and I appreciate the heck out of it."

The Sarasota native joined Moore as the 12th and 13th hall of fame members who played baseball for the school.

"To have two guys that grew up in the area, went away to play ball and then came back and were successful businessmen in the area, that speaks to what we are really here for as a college," SCF athletic director Matt Ennis said. "And they are a testament to that."

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