Carl RakichA "Pete Rose" type player who had an outstanding career in the youth leagues, including All-City performances at Central High. Carl was a versatile player who could and did handle all positions well, but was more comfortable at second base. A four-year starter at Akron U and the only player to win consecutive MVP awards, Carl moved into AA League action in 1965 with Azar-Denholm. In 1966 he won the coveted Frank Garcia Award and followed that with All-Star performances for Barberton Weather Seal and the champion Red Peppers. Another highlight occurred in 1967 when he was drafted by the Black Labels as they won the State tournament and went to the AABC finals in Battle Creek. Following his playing days, Carl sponsored the championship Custom Trophies team in 1975-76.