Tom "Trinkey" Trainque- 1986-2007 ( 18 Seasons )
Tom's Player Page- Coming Soon.
HR Rank- 5th All-Time
1 Time Semi-Finalist ( 2002 )
led the league in wins with 16 in 2002.
4th in wins All-Time ( 141 )
2nd All-Time in Saves ( 14 )
Holds the top 2 spots for Sacs in a season. ( 7 each )
Most improved player in 2002.
5 Time Golden Joise winner ( 2000-2004 )
7 Time All-Star
Has thrown 2 no-hitters including the first in league history on 4-11-93 a 1-0 win vs Shore and a 3-0 win over Pops on 5-30-02.
Tom was part of the original 5 ( Pops,Cary,Truck,Randy,Tom ) Playing as a boy up until 2007 when life slowed down things for Tom and he was unable to play at all in 2008 and officially called it a career. Tom had some great seasons over the years being one of the msot consistant hitters and clutch hitter in his time.  For his career Tom had a .283 BA with 446 HR's and almost 1500 hits.  He won over a 140 games in his 18 seasons. That is 3rd All-Time. He is 5th on the All-Time HR list.   He averaged just over 9 wins a year for his career. Tom also threw the first NO-HITTER in league history in 1993.  His best season was in 2002 when he went 16-6 and lead the league in wins. Tom made his only Semi-finals appearance that year losing to eventual runner-up Cary 2 games to 0. Tom was one of the best contact hitters in league history, and one of the hardest to strike out. He averaged a k every 15.7 at bats for his career. For those who dont know thats about 1 K every 2 1/2-3 games. ( On Average )   What Tom was best known for though was his defense. The league's "Gold Glove", The "Golden Josie Award" is named for his glove.  He is the only 5 time winner of the award. Winning the award from 2000-2004. He also won the most improved player award in 2002. His career was long and well deserving of the HOF. His Number 23 will be put on the wall this year. with our other 2 HOF members, Patrick "Pops" Moriarty ( 15 ), and Pat "Truck" Moriarty ( 85 ). His Team the Yankees are now officially retired as well.  Tom "Trinkey" Trainque, HOF Class of 2009! 
Question and Answers with Tom:  
HS: You played 18 seasons before calling it a career after the 2007 season.  What made you decide to walk away from the game?  Will we ever see a comeback?

Tom: I guess you could say that life got in the way a little bit with marriage and kids and all that good stuff, but I know the same can be said for a bunch of guys who have continued to play.  I have devoted any and all free time I may have these days to old man sports like golf and slow pitch softball.  Also seeing guys like Pops, Cary and Truck leave one after the other made it harder and harder for me to want to come back.  That to me, playing with the guys I grew up with, was what the HRL was all about.  There are still people who I would love to play with and hang around with playing in the league now, but most of the new batch of wifflers just weren't for me.  I'd say the chances of a Trinkey comeback in the HRL are about 0.001%.  

HS: What does it mean to you to have been honored by becoming the 3rd Member of the HOF in 2009?

Tom: I'm pretty honored.  The HRL will always mean a lot to me.  It's been such a big part of my life and I know the other four members of the original five - Pops, Truck, Cary and Randy - would say the same thing.  It's hard to even believe sometimes how much the league grew from when we first started with a few neighborhood kids trying to hit the most home runs.  And it's even harder to believe that a wiffle ball league can even last as long as the HRL has.  I bet most players in the league now weren't even born in 1986!  As far as my election to the HOF, it's pretty humbling to be in the same company as Pops, Truck, Cary and Randy.  And it's probably fitting that us 5 are the first ones to be inducted.  I admire all those guys very much and the league would never have evolved as much as it has without all of them.  I'd like to think I had a small part of it too.

HS: You are easily the best fielder in league history.  You are the only 5-time Winner of the Golden Josie award ( The League's, Gold Glove award )  What do you think made you the most dominant defender your whole career? How does it feel to have been given that honor 5 times?

Tom: It's probably the highlight of my career.  Some guys are good at hitting a lot of homers, some guys are dominant on the mound and I guess I made my own little trademark with my glove.  I was always a decent hitter and an average to mediocre pitcher but my defense just kept getting better and better and that's just what I kind of became known for.  I didn't have any special approach to fielding.  I just reacted to the ball off the bat, went after it and even if it took a diving play the ball found my glove more often than not.

HS: You are 5th on the All-Time HR List ( 446 ), Your 4th on the All-Time wins list ( 141 ), 2nd in Saves ( 14 ), You have also thrown 2 No-Hitters in your career, Including the 1st in league history.  Which of these accomplishments means the most to you? Why?

Tom: Well if you're going to take winning the 5 Golden Josies out of the equation, I would say my proudest accomplishment is throwing the first no-hitter in HRL history way back in 1992.  Believe it or not, I can still remember catching a line drive for the final out.  And throwing another one against Pops, the best pitcher in HRL history, 10 years later was up there as well.  I'm also proud of the team league we started up in 2007.  That was some of the best game action the HRL has ever seen and I was sad to see it go.

HS: Over the 18 years you played, What has been your favorite HRL moment? What has the HRL meant to you?

Tom: I read Randy's Q & A and he touched upon a lot of the same things.  It's not necessarily the game itself but the little things that happened off the field that sometimes stick out the most.  My favorite moments in the HRL were stuff like the Foley Fests way back in the day at Moriarty Stadium, Cary hitting me in the face with a wooden number from about a hundred feet away, making the WFARTV movies in the offseason and I also remember the "Ain't no game without a Gleek" that Randy mentioned.  I could go on and on.  It's the laughs we had that made the HRL special for me.  

HS: You are one the best clutch and contact hitters in league history.  Pitchers knew that you would never be that "Easy out",  What approach at the plate do you think made you into the HOF player you became?

Tom: Like I said with the fielding, I really didn't have any special approach when it came to hitting.  It's not rocket science, I just tried to see the ball and hit it.  Playing as long as I did and seeing the same pitchers over and over again certainly helped.  Even though I didn't hit a lot of homers like a lot of other guys, it was nice to be seen as a good hitter in other ways whether it be a clutch hit or just putting the ball in play to knock a guy in.  Guys really seemed to pick up on that and I always got picked early for my hitting and defense.
HS: Do you have any regrets?  Is there anything that you wished you could have done over, if you had the chance?

Tom: No regrets whatsoever.  I gave everything I had to the HRL on and off the field from the time I was 9 years old until I was in my 30s.  And then I realized I just didn't have the passion for the game that I once did so I knew the time was right to walk away.
HS: When people remember HOF Player, #23, Tom "Trinkey" Trainque, How should they remember you? 

Tom: Being remembered as the league's best defensive player and one of the greatest clutch hitters is great, but I would just like to be remembered as someone who gave everything he had when he was on your team but at the same time never took it too seriously and was a fun guy to be around.

HS: Any last thoughts for any players (past, present or future) for the league?

Tom: To Pops, Cary, Truck and Randy especially thanks for the great memories.  You guys were a second family to me growing up and I will never forget the fun times we had.  To guys like Jeremy, Dan, Steve, Rene, Dave, Kankles, Boom Boom, Slim, Matt and Otto (I could go on and on with at least a dozen more names) that came along later, it was a blast.  You guys were a lot of fun to be around and I hope to see more of you in the future.  To the current group of HRLers, most of whom I probably don't even know, have fun with it and remember it's just a game.  Don't take yourself too seriously because the bonds you make off the field are much more important than what happens on the field and that is what I will remember most about the HRL.