About the RI Heritage Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame was founded in March 1965 to honor the contributions of those whose efforts, in any line of endeavor, have added significantly to the heritage of the State of Rhode Island. Eligible membership may include those who are native born, those whose reputations have been made while residents of the state, and those who have adopted Rhode Island as their permanent home.

The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame is a partner organization of the Heritage Harbor Museum. Upon the Museum's opening in 2013, inductees' portraits will become part of a permanent Hall of Fame exhibit honoring their accomplishments.

Nominations for future inductees may be submitted, along with biographical sketches and letters of recommendation, to any of the Hall of Fame's directors via email.

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James E., John, James J. and Frank Cooney James E., John, James J. and Frank Cooney
Inducted 1976


The Cooneys were a father and four sons who made baseball history and became Rhode Island's 'first family' in that sport.  Three of the Cooneys became major league players.

James Joseph Cooney (July 9, 1865 – July 1, 1903), a Cranston native, was a shortstop in Major League Baseball who played from 1890 through 1892 for the Chicago Colts (1890–92) and Washington Senators (1892) of the National League. Cooney's sons Jimmy and Johnny also played in the Major Leagues.  more >
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