GREG JELKS AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

November 5 2022

Baseball Australia is pleased to announce that Greg Jelks has been inducted into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame for 2022

At the height of its popularity in the mid to late 90’s it could be argued that the Australian Baseball League had no brighter star than US import Greg Jelks. Jelks began his ABL career with the Perth Heat in 1993 bringing instant credibility to the league as a former major leaguer with the Philadelphia Phillies. His talent was undeniable, blasting 63 home runs across 282 ABL games while boasting a career batting average of .334.

Following his illustrious playing career Jelks continued his contributions to the game by coaching the Australian National team, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and managing at various levels including the Perth Heat, junior state and national teams, and club baseball.

Sadly, Jelks passed away suddenly in 2017 but will always be remembered for the talent and charisma he brought to the game during a period of unprecedented growth and development in Australia.  At the time of his passing, Baseball WA chief executive Lachlan Dale said Jelks changed the sport in WA and “put it on the map” during an association that lasted more than two decades.

“He was integral to the success of the Perth Heat and WA Baseball over the past 23 years,” Mr Dale said. “Many people will still remember the days of watching the famous 44 play at Parry Field during the 90s.”

“A true gentleman of the game, Greg will be sadly missed by the baseball community, but his legacy will forever live on.”

Greg’s contribution to the game makes him a worthy and deserving inductee to the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame

“It was obvious his baseball ability was unlike anything we had seen before.  Greg adopted Australia as his second home and became part of the baseball family. As dominant as he was on the field, one of his major strengths was the impact he had through coaching at many levels, and his continued promotion of baseball.”
Tony Adamson – Baseball Australia Hall of Fame Inductee 2005

“Just saying that name sends shivers down pitchers and third basemen spines everywhere! Greg was a great baseball player, the most feared hitter in the league swinging the black magic.”
Graeme Lloyd – Baseball Australia Hall of Fame Inductee 2005

Greg Jelks Baseball Biography

Player

A.B.L. PERTH HEAT Team: 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

A.B.L. MELBOURNE Monarchs: 1996

  • Infielder / DH
  • 282 Games
  • .334 Batting Average
  • .615 Slugging %
  • 63 Home Runs
  • 4 seasons with more than 10 home runs.
  • 21 Home Runs in 1998 (tied for 3rd – all-time single season record)

A.B.L. All Star Teams

  • 1993 [Shortstop First Team)
  • 1994 (Shortstop First Team]
  • 1997 [D/H Second Team]
  • 1998 (D/H Second Team)

Australian Team Member:

  • 1997 (14th Inter/Cup, Spain. BRONZE Medal, World All-Star Team DH)
  • 1998 (4 Nation Tour of Japan – June)
  • 1998 (Haarlem Series, Holland. July)
  • 1998 (33rd World Cup, Italy. August)

Coach / Manager

 WA Claxton Shield Team Assistant Coach 2002-2005

Perth Heat Head Coach 2006

Perth Heat Assistant Coach 2007 – 2016

Australian Team Coach:

  • 1999 (versus Japan)
  • 1999 (15th Inter/Cup, Sydney. GOLD Medal)
  • 2000 (Olympic Games, Sydney)
  • 2001 (34th World Cup, Taipei)
  • 2006 (World Baseball Classic)