Former Philadelphia Phillies greats Dick Allen and Pete Rose were announced as 2016 inductees to the New York-Penn League Hall of Fame. Allen and Rose played for the Elmira Pioneers and Geneva Redlegs respectively in 1960.
The New York-Penn League is the oldest, continuously operated minor league system in the United States, which began play in 1939. The system was originally known as the Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York (PONY) and operated as a Class D minor league between 1939 and 1962. The system re-branded in 1956, becoming the New York-Penn League. Major League Baseball restructured the minor leagues in 1963, at which time the NYPL became a Class B organization.
Both Allen and Rose began their professional careers in the system in 1960 while it was still a Class D league.