Upper St. Clair High School graduate Sean Casey now is a member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
During a sold-out induction gala Sunday in Cincinnati, Casey, Dan Driessen and the late John Reilly joined such luminaries as Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose among Reds immortals.
Casey played eight seasons (1998-2005) for the Reds during his 12-year career. He was named to the National League All-Star team three times, including selections in his two best years: In 1999, he compiled a .332 batting average with 25 home runs and 99 runs batted in; his numbers for 2004 were .324-24-99.
His lifetime batting average is .302.
Casey played part of the 2006 season in Pittsburgh, but Pirates fans might remember him best as the first player to hit a home run at PNC Park when it opened in 2001.
Driessen, who hails from the favorite Pittsburgh-area vacation spot of Hilton Head Island, S.C., hit .267 during 15 years in the majors. With the Reds in 1980, he led the National League by drawing 93 walks and being hit with six pitches.
Reilly, known as “Long John,” played his entire career (1880, 1883-91) in Cincinnati. Most of that was when the team was in the American Association, which was a major league in the 19th century. Reilly twice led the AA in home runs and slugging percentage.
Founded in 1958, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is the largest team hall of fame in baseball, according to the hall’s website.