Meet The Newest Class of Inductees
- Wilmer Caraballo
- Chuck Crowder
- Ron Dessecker
- Tom Giffen
- Linc Hackim III
- Greg Isaacs
- Harry Kalbaugh
- Kenny Linn
- Alex Marconi
- Ty Moorhead
- Patrick O’Brien
- Paul Serra
- Ken Babby – RubberDucks
- Jim Pfander – RubberDucks
2018 Service Award Winners are:
- Dan Duignan – GEORGE POPP AWARD
- Rick McGalliard – JACK S. TRAMONTE AWARD
- Jack Kilway – GLENN “SPEED” BOSWORTH AWARD
- Don Booth – MIKE KURA AWARD
- Doug Price – GOLDEN CLEAT AWARD
- Dave Vowles – GOLDEN CLEAT AWARD
Inductee Bio List
|Last name||First name||Inductee Photo||Year Inducted||Decade Inducted||Status||Player Bio|
|Addis||Bob||1995||1990||Bob becomes the 13th honoree who made it all the way to the big leagues. While at Barberton High School he received 12 letters and led the baseball team in every offensive category. That feat led to a professional contract with the New York Yankees and a professional career that would last more than 12 years with time out for WWII service in Guam and China with the Marine Corps. He spent the baseball seasons playing with such teams as the Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers and finally with the Pittsburgh Pirates. While in the American Association he won the batting title with a .323 average in 1950. His lifetime batting average was .304 and in 1951 his .333 average as a pinch-hitter led the National League in that category. In the winter months he attended Kent State University, where he received his B.A. and Masters degrees in education. Following his baseball career he taught and coached baseball at Euclid High School. His teams won 12 League championships and 402 games under his tutelage. He retired from the Euclid Public School System after 27 years of dedication to the young people of that city, as Athletic Director of the system. In 1972 he was inducted into the Summit County Hall of Fame.|
|Addis||Carl||1997||1990||Another outstanding Barberton athlete is being honored by the GABHOF for his accomplishments. Carl played with several youth teams before becoming a star outfielder for the Magics. He was one of coach Les Scarr's classic examples of a complete ball player. He could hit, run, throw, and field far in excess of most high schoolers. He earned four letters, was team captain two years and led the team in hitting and RBIs. His play attracted the attention of Ohio University recruiters who provided him a baseball scholarship. Carl's play earned him unanimous All-MAC Player of the Year honors as a sophomore. Following his college career he played in the AA League with the Farber Clothiers, Akron Orphans and Smith Sheriffs. He played a large part in helping those teams win eight championships. As a result he was voted on five All-Star teams. This honor unites Carl with his brother Bob who was inducted in 1995. They are the 12th pair of brothers inducted in the Hall of Fame.|
|Adolph||Tom||1991||1990||A lanky, right-handed pitcher/first baseman/outfielder, who began his career in 1953 with West Chevrolet Little League, Canton Road Pony League and at Mogadore High and Post# 209 where he developed into one of the county's best pitchers. He was the last athlete to earn nine varsity letters at Akron U (football baseball), led the Zips pitching with a 1.58 ERA in 1960 and a 1.01 ERA in 1962. Continued in AA ball with Akron Co-op, Tiny's and Red Peppers while taking coaching stints at Ohio U and Akron U. Made numerous All-Star teams at the youth and high school level, including All-State in 1959, All-Ohio Conference with the Zips, and 1963 Zip Athlete of the Year. Tom was truly a versatile athlete and ballplayer.|
|Alexander||Drew||2007||2000||Drew developed into a top-notch, right-handed control pitcher with Akron youth teams including Champion Akron Blues, Akron National AC, West Akron Baseball and Lockhart Construction D teams. Drew became an All-City pitcher for the Hower High Bucs. After a stint in the service, he joined Nino's Lounge in the AA League where he was an All-Star in 1969. Drew helped hurl 1970 Champion Wayne Knolls Farms to the league title and closed out his career with the outstanding Barberton Magic City Lanes teams. Drew coached youth baseball in South Akron and Green High School before starting a highly successful law enforcement career. He is currently the Summit County Sheriff.|
|Allio||Tom||2013||2010||Over six decades caught some of the finest pitchers in Akron Area baseball history. MVP performer at Hoban H.S., he played several years for championship teams in the Akron AA League and over 20 years of experience in NEO Roy Hobbs Senior Leagues.|
|Post 209||American Legion||1997||1990|
|Arehart||Chet||1984||1980||As a pitcher at old Suffield High School, Arehart set Portage County records, which to this day have not been broken. He even made "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" in 1933 when he struck out 27 batters, but lost the game on errors. Chet's career as a second baseman/shortstop in the A League began with Tallmadge Kramer Hardware and Kent Twin Coach before he and his brother, Earl, went barnstorming for three years- - covering 36 states playing for various teams. He returned to the area to play for West Chevrolet, Mayflower Hotel, Moore Wrestlers, Scott and Paige, Lakemore Army-Navy, Goodrich, and finished out in 1950 by hitting .375 for Canton Road Furniture. In 17 seasons in the A League, the clutch hitting 5'9", 150-pounder never hit less than .300.|
|Arthur||Jim||1992||1990||Although he never played much organized baseball, Jim fell in love with the game following the Tallmadge Little League teams on all age levels. And for 10 of the past 12 years he has made an annual trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA with a Tallmadge entourage. As a "sponsor" since 1985, his Tallmadge Stars teams have been consistent winners in Class E, D and AA ball. His teams won championships in D ball (1985, 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991) in either the GABF or Northeast Ohio Cleveland Connie Mack Leagues. The 1989 team was district runner-up for the AABC Mickey Mantle Class E title. The 1986 and 1987 D teams also played in the Akron AA League, winning the second half title in 1986 and was runnerup to CP Sales Co. in league playoffs. Jim has been very generous over the years, paying the bills out of his own pocket and providing use of his equipment to Tallmadge youth and high school teams.|
|Ash||Ernie||2013||2010||Outstanding career in Cleveland youth leagues, went on to star at Strongsville H.S. and played at Ohio University. A stand-out pitcher in the Akron AA League for 17 years, he has spent the past 22 years pitching for perennial champion Akron Blues and Brewer Masters in the NEO Roy Hobbs Senior Baseball League.|
|Ashworth||Bill||1998||1990||The tall righthanded pitcher was a top hurler for Ewing Jewlers (G-H) teams; State Champion Rempel Deegee (Pony) teams; American Legion Post 209 championship teams; and helped lead East High to City or district titles in 1955-57. Bill was selected All-Ohio in 1957 and played in the East-West All-Star Series that summer in Columbus. He went on to letter four years at the College of Wooster where he won All-Ohio Conference first team honors for the 1960 champion Scots. In AA action, Bill toiled for Krispy Kreme ('56-61, two titles) and was selected for the 1960 Akron-Canton All-Star team. A very consistent performer on the mound, he led most of the teams he pitched for with most wins, most strikeouts, and best ERA.|
|Aylward||Bill||1985||1980||He first put on the "tools of ignorance" at age nine and one year later was in the Class C League with Fairlawn AC. His teams for the next five years were recognized as one of the best in Class C and D, winning a number of championships during that span. From National A.C., Bill spent 1938 and 1939 as a bullpen catcher with the Montreal Royals and Albany Senators. He missed a shot at a contract with Springfield of the Eastern League in 1940 because of a hand injury and stayed home to join A champion Sohio A.C. The 1941 Sohio A.C. team was pegged a St. Louis Cardinal Gashouse type team that traveled the midwest, won the A title and the A-B title. Bill had his most productive year that season, hitting at a .345 clip and made the All-Star team. After a stint in the Army, Bill returned home for some action with Maple Valley and then began a successful career with the Akron Beacon Journal.|
|Bailey||Clark||1992||1990||A Stow High grad who played third base for several years in the A League with Civitan Club, Zoff Heating and Old Dutch Beer before an injury curtailed his playing career. Clark turned to umpiring for 23 years, beginning on the high school level and on to the college ranks to work several regionals and a World Series tournament, besides calling a number of State high school finals. He was hired by the O.H.S.A.A. as a baseball rules interpreter and aided in producing the high school rules book. He did a comparative study of high school, college and pro rules that was used as a guide and study by umpires and coaches in many states besides Ohio.|
|Baldwin||Billy||2010||2010||Deceased||An outstanding pitcher, outfielder, and 1st baseman in West Akron youth leagues. He was an All-City at Buchtel High and played 2 years at Southern U. Billy was an All-Star for Red Peppers while in Akron. He played with Detroit Tigers '71-'75, Mets '76-'77, Pirates '78, and Mexico City '79. He came home and had five All Star years with champion Forest City, slamming out 42 home runs in '82. He had two All Star seasons with Canton Buttrey Coins Championship teams.|
|Ball||Jim||1989||1980||Tough, hard-nosed catcher who began playing with the YMCA Legion team in 1934. Played in the Legion Title team in 1935, and the South High Title team in 1937. Moved into the A League with the Silver Seals, Goodrich, and Simpsons Market before advancing to the Mid-Atlantic League with Zanesville in 1941. After a stint in the army, Jim played with the Moore's Wrestlers team from 1946-48.|
|Baltic||Pete||2010||2010||Talented left-handed pitcher for Kenmore Little League and Youth Teams. Pete was an All-City selection while at Kenmore High. He was also All MAC Co-Captain for the Kent State Baseball and Basketball teams. In the Akron AA, he was chosen as an All Star three years with 3 Steps Cafe. Pete was the Garcia League MVP in 1959. He proved to be outstanding in both hitting the strike zone and hoop. He had the unlikely opportunity to be drafted by both the Pirates and Pistons but arm injuries curtailed his career.|
|Bangston||Pat||2001||2000||Grew up playing and learning all positions in Tallmadge Youth Leagues especially pitching, catching and at third base. Was on "B" and "AA" title teams in Tallmadge Little League Programs. At St. Vincent-St. Mary High, Pat was an All-City righthanded pitcher-third baseman for the Irish in '82-'83 and was All-Ohio in '83. During the summers he toiled for Dineen Electric in Connie Mack action. He then went to Kent State U and became a 4-year letterman, was 2nd team all-MAC '86, 1st team all-MAC '87, KSU captain in '86-87, had the career K's with the Flashes. Joined the Twins in '87 (Kenosha) Midwest League Champs and was named to Midwest All-Star team. Was an All-Star again in '88 with a 17-5 record at Kenosha. Was with Orlando (AA) '89; Portland (AAA) '90; posted 16 wins with Southern League Champs Orlando in 1991. In '92 was a volunteer coach at Ohio State U; in '93 became full time pitching coach for the Buckeyes. Played 3 years in AA with CP Sales Co., making one All-Star team.|
|Barefoot||Jeff||1998||1990||An outstanding hard hitting shortstop who played for a number of champion Cuyahoga Falls youth teams: Little League ('63-64); Civitan Club (G national finalists '65); Redbirds (E-F '66-69) title teams; Big Gold (D) '70-71. At Cuyahoga Falls High, Jeff lettered 3 years, Diamond Conference champs '71-72, all-conference '72. Was first team All-Florida and first team All-American J.C. for national JC finalist Miami Dade '73-74. Was team captain and All-South while playing at Stetson U '75-76. Played two years with Texas Rangers A Sequin and Harlington Texas teams '76-77. As an Akron AA rookie, was youngest at that time to make all-star team for 1972 Manchester Anthe's team, and was games MVP. Jeff made six other All-Star appearances while playing for champion Eaton Sports Pride, Akron Insulating, Forest City, and Crocker's Restaurant teams.|
|Barnhouse||Scott||2013||2010||A three-sport star at St. Clairesville, Ohio, H.S., named to the 1978 All-State Baseball team and Player of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference. Played professionally for five years in the Seattle and San Diego organizations. Spent the last 15 years playing for the Mullinax Braves and Kent Mudhens in the NEO Roy Hobbs Senior League.|
|Barrett||Jim||2004||2000||Jim began his career as a hard-hitting first baseman in Cuyahoga FallsYouth Leagues with CF Tigers, Astros Wildcat teams then at Falls High school. He earned Metro League and Summit County All-Star status, topping it off by being selected Ohio All-State in 1980. Jim played 2 years at Kent State while playing summers with DB Johnson D and AA teams. In 1980 Jim was the youngest player up to that time to be selected to the All-Star team. Jim played for league champions Crocker's Restaurant and Field Falcons in the AA League as an All-Star and league top-ten hitter. Jim has played for Roy Hobbs national champion Akron A's and the Akron Blues and helps coach at Cuyahoga Falls High.|
|Barrett||Tom||2002||2000||Began his career as an outstanding right-handed pitcher and strong hitting catcher with East Akron youth teams including Champion Annunciation CYO and Post 209 title teams. He also developed skills at first base and the outfield while at St. Vincent High School. Tom went from All-Star pitcher to All-Star Catcher after a stint in the Giants Minor League system ('57 right out of high school) and then he played for Borden Autos, 3 Steps Cafe, and Krispy Kreme Teams. He turned to a successful coaching career in 1969 and board member in Cuyahoga Falls Little League play and moved up to class D and AA action with strong D.B. Johnsen's A's teams and champion Crocker's Restaurant teams.|
|Barton||Jim||1987||1980||A 6'2", 220-pound right-handed pitcher from Copley High School, who had an outstanding career at Akron U, twice being named to the Ohio Conference All-League Team, including 1967 when he posted an 0.93 ERA. Jim pitched ten years in the Akron AA League with Blatz Beer, Tiny's Orphans, Nino's Lounge,and the 1966 champion Airmatic Valve. He was named to the League All-Star Team seven times.|
|Basco||Quintin||1996||1990||After playing on several youth teams, Quintinbecame serious about baseball at Barberton High School, where he played three years at second base. His introduction into the AA League came as a 15 year-old with the Barberton Genets in 1945, playing every game. He continued to play on some of the area's premier teams, including the Farber Clothes and Barberton Merchants before joining the championship Smith Sheriffs. He signed a pro contract with the Cleveland Indian organization, being assigned to Midland, Texas of the Longhorn League. His pro career was interrupted by service in the Army, where he was able to play on the Base Nine. The team was located in Paris, France and competed in the European Theatre for two years. Following his service stint he returned to pro-ball with Abilene, Texas in the Tex-Mexico League. He later signed with the Philadelphia Phillies organization being assigned to Mattoon, Ill. of the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League. On his return to the greater Akron area he played with Zoff Heating, Krispy Kremes and Lakewood. At Lakewood he won the league batting title. He was a member of the first four All-Star teams representing Akron in the Akron-Canton series. All in all he played on eight championship teams. In 1990 he was elected to the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame.|
|Bates||Roy||1999||1990||The legendary coach at West Salem Northwestern High School in Wayne County whose teams racked up an amazing 297-14 winning record from 1951 thru 1960, including a 1959 Class A State Championship. As a righthanded pitcher himself in his youth, Roy hurled seven no-hitters with United Presyterian Wooster Legion and at West Chester High. He went on to Wooster College before suffering a serious arm injury that curtailed his pitching to occasional stints in summer leagues. In the last game he pitched, Roy, at age 40, hurled a 4-0 shutout, allowing only four hits while striking out 15 in a Labor Day Tournament in 1946. Roy was in charge of high school sectional district State tournament games for 35 years in Wayne County and has been honored as an inductee in the Ohio Coaches Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Roy's Northwestern High Basketball teams also posted a fantastic 201-22 record and a 1965 state title.|
|Beahn||Rob||2016||2010||Rob played on the Cuyahoga Falls Little League North District Champs teams of 1991 and 1992. He played Varsity at Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1996, 1997, and 1998. There he was an All-Western Reserve honoree as a catcher and co-captain for the Falls teams that went 59-21 during his stint. He went to college at Potomac State College of West Virginia University (1999-2000), IUPUI (2001), and University of Pittsburgh (2002). Attending Potomac State on a scholarship, he helped his team to a JNCAA Division XX regional title in 2000. He then attended IUPUI on a scholarship in 2001 which abruptly dropped their baseball program the next year. The following school year, Rob was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh on a baseball scholarship. As co-captain, he helped Pitt to a 36-16 record in the Big East Conference. Rob signed a minor league contract with the Washington Wildthings of the Frontier League in 2003. He played amateur ball with the Akron Lasiks and Akron A's. The Lasiks won multiple league championships and he won the league batting title in 2007 hitting .500. Playing for the Akron A's in the Roy Hobbs league, he was a part of the teams who won multiple league championships and Roy Hobbs World Series Championship in Florida. Rob also has spent time providing baseball instruction at Pinnacle Sports and Play Ball Academy as well as coaching 16U Akron A's team in 2015 and 15U Ohio Elite team in 2016. Rob and his wife Katie and son Declan live in Stow Ohio.|
|Beal||Marv||2003||2000||Deceased||Rugged right-handed pitcher/outfielder out of Goodyear Heights youth leagues: Hillside Terriers, Blue Devils, "E" Akron Braves State Champs '61, "E" Akron Bucs State Champs '62. Four years at East High, All-City 1964; 4 years Akron U, was "Zip Pitcher of the Year" 1966. Also pitched for Joe's, S.Akron Optimists, and Azar-Denholm Realty in AA play. Marv was a teacher and coach at Barberton High for 35 years. In 21 years as baseball coach his teams helped him set coaching record for Magics of 254 wins. Won a Metro and NE Ohio League title, had state semifinal appearance in 1986. Was inducted into Barberton HOF in 1993, into East High HOF in 2000.|
|Beals||Greg||2015||2010||Greg Beals dreamed growing up that baseball would be his life. Beals knows how fortunate he his. He's 45 years old and baseball is still his life. Calling it a dream is right, Beals said. "I really knew I wanted to go this direction starting in high school. Growing up I knew I loved to compete at anything I did. And I really loved playing baseball." Beals first rose to prominence in Ohio baseball circles as a standout player at Kenton Ridge High School in Springfield. Beals earned All-Ohio honors in 1987 and 1988. Beals, who also played with Pizza Oven in the Canton Class A League and the Akron A's in the Akron AA League, also was a standout in basketball and was the school's all-time leading scorer when he graduated. But he realized there were not many opportunities at the collegiate and professional level for a 5-foot-10 player. Beals accepted an athletic scholarship from then-Kent State baseball coach Danny Hall and was a three-year letter winner at catcher. He posted a .306 career batting average and earned honorable-mention All-MAC honors each of his three seasons. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 21st Round of the 1991 MLB Draft. Beals played three seasons of pro ball, reaching high Class-A and playing on division-winning teams in each season. Beals returned to Kent State after his pro career ended as an assistant coach under Rick Rembielek in charge of recruiting. The Golden Flashes captured six MAC titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times during Beals' nine-year coaching stint under Rick Rembielek. That helped Beals to earn the head coaching position at Ball State. Beals guided the Cardinals to three MAC West titles, one MAC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament during his eight-year tenure in Muncie, Ind. Beals also had 20 players selected in the annual MLB Draft. Those successes enabled Beals to move to the Big Ten Conference as head coach at the Ohio State University. Beals led the program to resurgence his first three seasons as the Buckeyes posted 26-27, 33-27 and 35-23 records during that span. The 2013 squad finished second in the Big Ten race with a 15-9 record in conference play. The 2015 Buckeyes posted a 35-20 record. All five of his Ohio State squads have advanced to the Big Ten Tournament.|
|Begue||Roger||2010||2010||Roger was a strong, right-handed pitcher with almost a sidearm delivery. He was a three-time Waterloo High MVP and was Co-Captain at Lakeland FL Community College. He played in the Minors for the '78 Royals, '80-'81 Tigers, and '82-'83 Mets. While in the Akron AA, Roger was selected as an All Star in '83-'84 in the Field Falcon League and State Champs. He earned state titles with Canton Dr.Ferguson '85-'86, '91 Crockers when he was the Garcia Award Winner, C+P Sales Champs. He was selected as an All Star from '92-'94 in the Canton A League. Roger played in the Roy Hobbs tournament and picked up the State and National AABC Titles (4 times) '96-'08. During his 26 year amateur career, Roger won 296 games.|
|Betts||Todd||2013||2010||Akron Aeros standout infielder from 1996-99, Second Most Career Games: 400, Second Most Career At-bats: 1370, Second Most Career Runs: 215, Second Most Career Hits: 359, Tied for Most Career Doubles: 80, Most Career Homeruns: 57, Most Career RBIs: 208, and Most Career Walks, 236.|
|Bickley||Roy||1986||1980||After an outstanding career at Monton High in his native Tallassee, Alabama, where his team compiled an 80-0 three-year record, Roy played in the Black Negro League for the Tallassee Indians. During his four seasons, the Indians captured back-to-back championships in 1956-57. Roy came to Akron in 1957 and began a 10-year career with various leagues. First with Paparella Construction and then the Akron Pirates, this classy third baseman helped with the Tri-County League Championships in 1961 through 1963. He batted .520 in '62 to win the League's MVP award. Roy finished his playing days with the Akron Tigers and Akron Pioneers in the AA League where he made the 1964 All-Star team. Since then, Bickley has enjoyed success coaching several championship teams inthe Mason Park and Goodyear Heights youth leagues.|
|Bierce||Tom||2010||2010||Lefty power hitting 1st baseman and pitcher for Tallmadge Little League and Youth Teams. In 1975, he was part of the Little League State Champs. Tom was selected All-Metro at Tallmadge High with .480 batting average in '80. At Broward Community College in Florida, he was All-League, hit .320-.340 in '81-'82. At the University of Georgia, Tom hit .310-.335. In Akron AA, he was D.B. Johnsens All Star '82 with a .480 batting average. Tom was also chosen as a AA All Star with Champion Field Falcons '83-'84.|
|Birkbeck||Mike||2001||2000||Was reared in baseball in Orville youth leagues primarily as a rugged righthanded pitcher, outfielder, first baseman and hitter. Was a four year starter at Orville High, was an All-Ohio Conference All-Star three times and led the Riders to the league title in '79. Mike then became a four year starter at Akron U where he posted a School record 24 career wins pitching; was Zip captain '82-83; was All-Ohio Valley Conference '82-83; Zip Player of the Year and All-American in '82 when he hit .413 with 10 homers. Mike joined the Brewers organization in '83 and pitched through '90 and had an 88-108 record. Was with Indianapolis (AAA) '91; New York Mets '92; Richmond Braves '93-94; spent half of '95 with Mets, then played in Japan rest of '95 and '96 until he broke a leg and was forced to retire. He has continued his baseball career as pitching coach at Kent State U. Also played for numerous "AA" teams in the Canton League; made four All-Star teams and was an All-Star for the Hahn Plastering Company.|
|Bisesi||Jack||1982||1980||After an excellent baseball career at Garfield High School, Jack joined the Greater Akron AA League's Alex Redl Golf Shop team in 1952. A year later, he got an opportunity to play pro ball with the St. Louis Cardinals organization where he played for two seasons. He returned to Akron where he developed into one of the all-time great infielders in the AA League's history. Playing at shortstop and second base, Bisesi first starred for the Krispy Kreme team that grabbed three League titles in six seasons. He then joined the Black Labels dynasty that rolled up an unbelievable eight championships in nine seasons. He was known as "Mr. Vacuum" in the field and "Mr. Clutch" at bat. His best season at the plate was in 1969 when he batted .402 on the way to earning the coveted Frank Garcia award--given to the League's most outstanding player.|
|Blankenship||Noel||2015||2010||West Virginia native Noel Blankenship learned early about the high price for fame in baseball when he was hitting .500 as a teenager in the Sertoma League in Richmond, Va., that featured a bevy of ex-professional ball players. I didn't know the assistant manager at the Food Fair where I was working was an old baseball player, Blankenship said. I was working the evening shift, but I missed a lot of shifts in the summer in order to play ball. The very day the Richmond Times Dispatch Sports page headline said "Blankenship leads league with .500 Batting Average", I reported to work that evening only to be fired by a grinning assistant manager. He understood....really, he did. But he still fired me. That gave Blankenship time to focus on baseball and later to forge a sterling career along with teaching at Kent State University. Blankenship, who also was a standout pitcher, was offered a tryout in the New York Yankees system after his standout season in the Richmond League. He went to former Indians shortstop Dick Howser's baseball school in Florida to showcase his skills and talents as a slugging outfielder for professional team scouts. Blankenship was so impressive that Tommy Howser, Dick's brother, offered to represent Blankenship as an agent. Blankenship, who had quit his job at DuPont in early 1963 to attend the showcase, said he had no idea what that meant and passed on the opportunity. I didn't play baseball again until coming to teach at KSU, when I hooked up with the Black Labels in '69, playing part of a season, Blankenship said. The next couple years I played for Dairy Queen, hitting fourth, playing center field, mostly. Blankenship played at Glenville State College and was a top-level player for many years in the Akron Class AA Baseball League and then turned to golf as his recreational event. Blankenship, now 73, won the Portage County Senior Amateur at age 50.|
|Bloedorn||Chuck||1991||1990||Born in North Carolina but grew up playing baseball in the Chicago area where he developed as a versatile infielder, including a 1930 All-City second base season at Scherz High, at that time the largest high school in the country. From there he moved into pro ball with Greensboro and the Louisville Cardinals. After an arm injury cut short his pro career, Chuck moved to Akron and played with Goodyear and Golden Age in the A League. Chuck played second base for the Wingfoots during the late 30's and early 40's. He was an excellent fielder and clutch hitter. He moved on to become Goodyear's athletic and activities director.|
|Boarman||Dan||2001||2000||Learned the game in Cuyahoga Falls Youth Leagues as a hard hitting outfielder. Hit .412 for "D" state champion C.F.L. B Construction Company in 1967. Was a three year starter at St. Vincent High School and lead the Irish with a .378 battling average and was All-City in 1971. After a football career at Indiana U, Dan returned home to coach St.Vincent-St. Mary High baseball teams to the best years in the school's history. In thirteen years Dan's Irish squad posted a 225-84 record while winning seven Diamond League titles, numerous district titles and State championships in 1986 and 1989. Dan also was defensive head coach for Irish football for thirteen years and is presently head coach of Copley High School where his Indians have been very successful.|
|Borden||Karl||1985||1980||A top-flight sponsor of the powerful Borden Auto teams of 1946-57 that captured eight City titles, seven State championships, and numerous National, District and Regional titles. Included in that timespan was the outstanding 1948 team that finished runner-up in the American Amateur Baseball Congress and National Amateur Baseball Federation tournaments. Karl helped to sponsor many youth teams as well. He is now retired and living in Florida.|
|Bosco||Mike||1983||1980||Soccer is the big sport in his native Yugoslavia, but Bosco adapted well to the sport of baseball after moving to Akron at the age of seven. He played with various teams in his youth, developing into a hard-nosed third baseman. In 1928, he joined Speed Bosworth's General Tire team. After a brief stint with the Boston Braves organization, he rejoined Bosworth with the Yellow Cabs. While with the Akron Guards in 1930, the team played under the lights for the first time ever in Ohio. That July 30th occasion saw better than 2,000 fans in attendance. Later, Bosco played third base for the Akron Tyrites in the Mid-Atlantic League before closing out his brilliant career with the Killian Celtics.|
|Boveington||Tom||2014||2010||Tom Boveington has seen it all in the evolution of what today is known as the very successful Roy Hobbs Baseball leagues in northern Ohio. The former Garfield High School baseball standout always would be on hand in 1988 when a group of maturing baseball enthusiasts met at a local field to pick teams and play ball. A power hitter on Hillwood and Firestone Park Little League teams in the early 1960s, he has been a fixture in the Roy Hobbs leagues ever since, appearing in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida as a player and manager in all but one of the 25 events. Competing against younger players never bothered Boveington. He played in 3 age brackets for 5 years and was in 2 different classifications for 3 more years. Boveington, who played and managed the Akron Colt 45s for 10 years in the Akron league and Hobbs World Series, captured MVP awards 6 times in the Roy Hobbs World Series. Always a prolific power hitter, he hit 8 home runs for the Dodgers 40s team, 2 for the Colt 45s 30s and 1 homer for the Clippers 18-and-over team for a total of 11 home runs in one season. Boveington also was selected by his peers as the team representative to the NEORH All-Star Game more than 10 times in various league age divisions. He has given back to the game by coaching his son Bryan's teams starting in T-ball and continuing for 12 years. He guided 3 teams to district championship games.|
|Boyes||Art||1983||1980||Through the 1930's and into the 1950's, Boyes established himself as one of the greatest left-handed hitters in Akron baseball history. Besides being able to ride the ball a long way, he excelled on the mound, at first base and in the outfield. His career began with Farewell Billiards. He also played for St. Martha, West Chevrolet, State Champion Atlantic Foundry, Killian Celtics, Tallmadge Kramers, Smith Sheriffs and Krispy Kreme. Boyes had a stint in the Cincinnati Reds organization - guiding Elizabethtown, TN to the 1940 League Title while batting .400. He returned to Akron to help the Sheriffs win the 1941 City A crown. He continued as a player and manager until 1958 when he directed Krispy Kreme to the League title. A short time later, at only age 47, Art died of a heart attack.|
|Brinkley Jr||Larry||1988||1980||Had an outstanding career on the youth level in Springfield Township and at Springfield High, where he led the Spartan Mound Corp. for three years, including his senior season in 1955 when he won 13 games, including a once in a lifetime feat of pitching three consecutive no-hitters. The hard-throwing right-hander then had a stint with the Cleveland Indians Minor League System, including a 4-1 record with a 1.90 ERA in 1956 before returning home. Larry had continued success on the local AA level with the Zoff Heating, Krispy Kreme and Tramonte Black Label teams. He hurled the Kremes to the 1958 League Title and was named to the Loop's All-Star team three consecutive years during which time he posted an excellent record of 45 wins, only 4 losses and a glittering 1.23 ERA.|
|Brown||Don||1997||1990||As a 14-year old, Don began pitching and playing outfield for American Legion Post 209, where he immediately established himself as a winner. Throughout his baseball days he never had a losing season and usually hit over .300 averages. While successful at Brown, Jamie,Brown,Jamie,2014,0,51,Naturally, the 4 games Jamie Brown pitched in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox during his 12-day big-league career in May 2004 rank as the highlight of his professional baseball career. But that doesn't mean the hard-throwing 6-foot-2 right-hander has forgotten his 5-season stint with the Akron Aeros. I have a lot of great memories of the time I spent in Akron, said Brown, now 37 and living back in his hometown of Meridian, Miss., with his wife and 2 sons. The people, the town, and the atmosphere at Canal Park was awesome. It was a great place to play baseball. Brown said his final season with the Aeros in 2002 was really a crucial year for him. Especially considering that he had had Tommy John after pitching 4 games to open the 2001 season and had a 1-1 record with 5.03 ERA. After Tommy John, I had to learn how to pitch, said Brown, who was 9-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 2002. Although I did eventually throw harder, I learned during my comeback that it was really all about location and movement. You have to throw hard to get there (pro baseball) and then you have to learn how to pitch (to advance). rown was promoted to the Indians' Class AAA team at Buffalo to start the 2003 season. He was traded to the Red Sox on June 22, 2003 for Angel Santos and finished the season at Pawtucket. He was promoted to the Red Sox on May 20, 2004. Brown, who holds Aeros records for most victories with 23, played in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers in 2005, the Samsung Lions in 2006-07 and the LG Twins in 2008 before retiring. He returned to college and earned a teaching degree and said he probably will get into education and coaching when his two sons are grown. He lives and owns rental properties in Meridian and gives lessons to youngsters on the baseball field he has on his property. Central High, Don helped Post 209 win the legion title in 1944, and Borden Autos get second place in A League national division play in 1956. He signed a pro contract with the Cubs organization, assigned to Janesville of the Wisconsin State League, and as a rookie won the opener with a neat three-hitter. He also played at Lumberton, North Carolina of the Tobacco States League and in Jacksonville before deciding to return home for economic reasons. He resumed pitching in Akron and found the ability to throw a "fork ball" which helped make him one of the A League's top pitchers. Don hurled for the Canton Road Furnitures, 1948-1950; had even more success with the Smith Sheriffs, 1951-52; before rejoining the Furnitures when Frank Garcia took over the team in 1953 and helped them into the league playoffs.|
|Brown||Jeff||1998||1990||Was an All-Star shortstop for champion Troy Ohio youth, legion, and high school teams before switching to centerfield at Toledo University. With the Rockets, Jeff was a four-time letter winnner, four-time All-MAC and four time All-MAC Academic team '75-78. After a 2 1/2 year stint with Detroit Tiger Lakeland (A) and Montgomery Ala. (AA) minor league teams, Jeff moved to Hudson. He was an All-Star for Hudson Mohawk Chiefs of the AA league and then with the champion Field Merchants '83-84 and champion CP Sales ('86), for whom he was a three-time All-Star. He has coached in the Hidson High program for 15 years, varsity and JV where his teams won 3 titles. A "Charley Hustle" type player who combined blazing speed with outstanding hitting and defensive skills. Was the Frank Garcia MVP award winner in 1983.|
|Brown||Oral||1984||1980||Considered by many as one of the best sponsors of youth baseball of the time. For eight years Brown sponsored Canton Road Furniture in the A League. Those eight seasons were highlighted by the 1951 contingent who were the Northeast Ohio champs, and the 1952 squad that finished second in the state. Besides sponsoring on the A level, "Brownie" also made many contributions and sponsored many youth leagues in the Springfield-Lakemore communities.|
|Brown||Rick||1996||1990||As a member of the Euclid, Ohio 12 year-old league champions, Rick was introduced into top line competition by playing in the Little League World Series for three consecutive years. The Tals Beverage team had a 92-8 win-loss record, due largely because of his hitting ability. Rick played four years at Euclid High School, where he was captain and selected on the All-Ohio team during his senior year. Kent State recruited him, and he continued to raise havoc with opposing pitchers. During his senior year with the Flashes, he was All-Mid American Conference, led the entire nation in slugging with a .718 percentage and 15th with a .418 batting average. His play and hitting in the AA League helped Eaton Sports Pride win the 1972 City Championship. He also played for Akron Insulating and Tals Beverages teams during his AA tenure. This 6'1, 220 pounder was always among the league leaders in homeruns, RBIs, batting average and getting hit by the pitcher. Rick has continued his association with baseball as a high school coach, having spent five years at Wickliff High and is presently at his Alma Mater, Euclid High."|
|Burleson||Paul||2013||2010||A three-year starter and hard-nose second baseman for legendary coach, Dave Young's 1969 Metro League Champions at Tallmadge H.S., he was named All-League in 1969 and 70. After3 years at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, played 13 years for several teams in the Akron AA league gaining All-Star honors in 1978-79 and winning championships with Crocker's Restaurant in 1982-83.|
|Canfora||Mark||2010||2010||Smooth fielding, clutch hitting, shortstop for Barberton Youth Leagues. He played for the Magic High AII- Diamond League and hit .368, .387 in '75-'76. While at the University of Akron, Mark was Co-Captain in '80-'81 and was selected All MVC All-Tournament in '81. Made unassisted defensive double play from shortstop while at Western Kentucky. A runner at 1st was stealing, batter popped bunt past pitcher near 2nd base, Mark caught the ball, faked throw to 1st, and then tagged 1st for a double play. Mark and Jim Fields raised funds to sponsor Barberton "AA" Team. Mark was selected to 3 All Star Teams.|
|Cariss||Al||1989||1980||Went into Marines after two All-Star shortstop years at Frankford High (Phil., PA) and played on Okinawa Phillipines League and Tourney Championship teams. At Kent State was a four-year letterman, All-MAC in '68 and '69; once held 11 KSU baseball records (presently has one: 44 career stolen bases.) In AA League was All-Star shortstop six times for Black Labels, Wayne Knolls Farms, and Akron Insulating title teams. Excelled in leadoff spot, leading league in stolen bases six times; runs scored six times; had a career .360 batting average; hit 17 leadoff homeruns, including ten on first pitch. Now coaching Linfield High in Temecula, CA. Won or tied for League Title for of last five years. Managed Temecula Ambassadors to District AA titles last two years.|
|Carlson||Herb||1988||1980||A 1941 Hower High grad, Herb was a consistent .300 hitting outfielder with the Bucs and Sohio A.C. in his younger days, including the '41 Class A and Class A-B Title teams. After three years in the Coast Guard, Herb continued where he left off with the Moore's Wrestlers team, and after a brief trial with the St. Louis Browns, played for Krispy Kreme in 1947. Carlson then moved to the outfield for four years with the City, State and District Champion Borden Auto teams. Following two years with the Smith Sheriffs, Herb capped his 12-year career with the Autos again, helping them win the City Title once again in 1954.|
|Chaboudy||Tom||2013||2010||Outstanding all-around player and fierce competitor who, over the pastyears, has excelled at all levels from the Cuyahoga Falls youth leagues, through high school, college, the Akron AA League and NEO Roy Hobbs Senior Baseball. Not only a strong offensive threat with the bat, but a talented and versatile athlete who can play all nine defensive positions equally well. Named to numerous All-Star teams and a member of several championship teams throughout his career.|
|Chance||Dean||1996||1990||From the Hot Stove League through American Legion and high school baseball, the brilliance of Dean Chance's pitching ability was evident. He provided West Salem's young teams with four championships. At Northwestern High School he won 51 games losing only one, pitching them to a state championship in 1959. He pitched for Erhart Kramers in the AA circles before signing a pro contract with the Baltimore Orioles. He was assigned to Bluefield, W. VA., of the Appalachian League. During the expansion draft of the 1960's, he was picked up by the Los Angeles Angels. He became the American League Rookie (righthander) of the Year, according to Topps Baseball Card Co. This beginning was a prediction of things to come. In 1964 Dean had a career year, pitching 11 shutouts (five of them 1-to-0 games), had a 20-9 win-loss record along with an ERA of 1.65. All of this resulted in his winning the 1964 "Cy Young Award." He concluded his professional career in 1971 with Detroit, after stints with Minneapolis, Cleveland, and the New York Mets. Dean had a total of 128 victories of which 33 were shutouts, with two no-hitters. In 1967 there were two All-Star games and he started both of them. Dean still holds a couple of pitching records that (what with the way pitchers are now being used) may never be broken. Perhaps Tom Gaffney, Akron Beacon Journal staff writer, expressed our sentiments best, when he wrote, "Thanks for the lasting memories, Dean."|
|Cherry||Roosevelt||2002||2000||Developed outstanding skills as an infielder, primarily at shortstop and third base in East Akron Youth Leagues and then at East High School where his hitting and base stealing abilities were magnified in All-City performances. Rossevelt was a three-time All-Star and batting champ in Class AA action while playing for Carmen Studio, Clark Excavating, and Krispy Kreme teams.|
|Ciavarella||Larry||2015||2010||Larry Ciavarella began his long association with the game as a youth player in the North Hill baseball league, but made his name as a highly respected umpire at several levels over a long period. Ciavarella, who has lived in Kent for the past 35 years, began his umpiring career in the Hot Stove Baseball Association as a teen. He and a friend coached a team in the North Akron League playing at Sammis Park and part of the requirements of coaching was to umpire games on days your team did not play. Ciavarella, who was a varsity golfer at North High School, was quickly recognized for his ability and effort and was rewarded early with assignments in the district and state tournaments. I was umpiring a state championship game in Alliance and an old guy came up to me after the game, Ciavarella said. I thought I was going to catch some grief from one of the losers. The old man wasn't fan of either team ; it was longtime Summit Umpires Association chief Dick Leidig. Leidig had nothing but great things to say about my work, Ciavarella said. He set me up to get into the association's training program in the fall and I started doing games the next spring. Ciavarella, who retired in 2009 as a City of Akron employee after working 32 years at the water treatment plant at Lake Rockwell near his home, was a member of the Summit Umpires Association for 24 years. Ciavarella started in Summit Umpires Association officiating American Legion and high school games. His reputation for quality umpiring quickly spread and earned Ciavarella assignments at the collegiate level. I had been doing games for free for four or five years, Ciavarella said. It was great to work at a higher level and actually make some money as well. Ciavarella became a familiar and friendly face on the college baseball scene working NCAA games at various levels as well as NAIA games for 17 years. Ciavarella umpired in the Big Ten Conference, Mid-American Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Ohio Athletic Conference and North Coast Athletic Conference for nearly two decades, doing regular-season games and postseason tournaments for the conferences. Ciavarella was busy in the summer as well. He umpired games in the Akron Class AA Baseball League and the Canton Class A Baseball League for two decades. I love the game of baseball, Ciavarella said, and umpiring gave me the best seat in the house to watch the game I love so much.|
|Cistone||John||1991||1990||An outstanding infielder who could handle the second or third base spots with ease, John hit the sandlots of North Hill with St. Anthony youth teams and developed into a top-notch fielder and clutch hitter with four fine years each at St. Vincent High and Akron University. While becoming a Zip team leader and All-Ohio Conference player, John moved into "AA" ball and had added success with Tiny's Orphans, Krispy Kreme, Souvenir Beer and Howe Construction teams. He concluded his career as a baseball player with the Borden Autos, before becoming one of the city's premier high school coaches.|
|Clay||Dain||1993||1990||Was a 3 sport star at Cuyahoga Falls High School. He played 3 years with the National A.C. team before joining Speed Bosworth's Akron Yankee Jrs., a team of All-City players. He batted over .400 for the 2 years he played with the Yankee Jrs. In 1937 Dain (playing with the Yankee Jrs.), was voted the Akron District winner of the "Greatest Sandlotter" contest by the Times-Press. A total of 43,694 votes were cast in the contest. In 1938 he signed a pro contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and was assigned to Portsmouth, OH in the Mid- Atlantic League, thereby starting a professional career that would last 17 years. The leagues he played in look like a baseball travelogue. He played in the International, Three I, Texas, Pacific Coast, American Association, Southern and Western International Leagues. And in the National Leagues as a major leaguer, Clay played outfield for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds. An arm injury curtailed his major league career.|
|Coey||Garrett||1982||1980||His career as an outstanding hitter, third baseman and shortstop began as a 14-year old prepster at Akron's South High School on Thornton Street. During those formative years, Coey played with the Silver Seals, West Chevrolet and Golden Age Beverage teams. Following a couple stints in the pros with the Dayton Ducks, Canton and Williamson in the Mid-Atlantic and Mountain State Leagues, Coey had three years of duty with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He returned to Akron to play for the Smith Sheriffs, Tiny's Orphans, and Borden Autos. A special highlight of his Orphan years was when the team captured the 1945 National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) National Championship--downing the Baltimore Martin Bombers in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. Coey, who ended his career at age 42, never batted less than .345 and was on 16 AA Championship teams.|
|Cook||Calvin||2010||2010||He was a slick fielding shortstop and very dangerous leadoff man/base stealer with magical bunting ability, in South Akron Youth Leagues. He was 3 time All City for South High Cavaliers. Satch continued his excellent play in the "AA" League with champions Akron Pirates and was an All Star for Akron Tigers, Akron Pioneers, and for Akron Joy Park All Star teams. Satch was always among league leaders in runs scored, steals, and batting averages.|
|Costello||Joe||1984||1980||A hard-working, hard-throwing bulldog of a pitcher on the mound during his best amateur days on the Akron sandlots. However, he also handled outfield and third base positions capably. Joe's career spanned 30 years, including championship seasons with St. Martha and St. Hedwig. He also played for the Akron Guards, Akron Police, Killian Celtics, and closed out his career with Youngstown St. Stan in 1952 when he helped pitch them to the NABF National title.|
|Costigan||Jerry||2001||2000||Began his career in West Akron youth leagues and became an outstanding outfielder and crafty lefthanded pitcher. Was an All-Star with the "H" Indians '66-'67; Scullo Construction '68, '69 "G" champs; Romito Brothers Electric "F" teams '70-71; "E" - "D" ball with Kenmore Schlup-Cox Funeral Home '73-74; Kenmore Hawks '75-76. Lettered 4 years at St. Vincent- St. Mary High '74-77; was All-City '77. Pitched for Glendale Arizona J.C. in '78-79 then pitched for two years for Division I Stetson U "80-81. In "AA" play Jerry toiled for Custom Trophy '77, Forest City '78-79, Crocker's Restaurant '80, Akron Insulating '81, Crocker's '82-84, posted a 12-0 record in '79, was 8-0 in Warren AABC District Tournament games, was named to three All-Star Akron-Canton teams and played on four AA title teams.|
|Costill||Dan||1994||1990||Dan began his catching career as a little leaguer and after 40 years he is still at it. At Buchtel High School he won 3 letters and was MVP in 1966. At The University of Akron he won 4 letters and was MVP in 1970. While still at Akron U. he began playing in the AA League with such teams as Azar Denholms, Kent (Portage Co. League), Wadsworth A.C., Red Peppers, Pfeifle Undertakers, Ellet Graphic Arts, Custom Trophies, Forest City, Crocker's Restaurant, Genessee Beer, Warren (AA League), CP Sales, Akron Omnicor, and finally to round out 4 decades he is still catching in the Senior League with the Akron Blues. Dan was elected to 13 All-Star teams. He was instrumental in helping his teams to win 9 league championships along with 2 district championships. He was a consistant .350 and above hitter and was AA League RBI leader in 1983.|
|Cotton||Joe||2015||2010||Joe Cotton had a clear vision from an early age as to what his profession was going to be. I was about 3 or 4 years old and I was at an Indians game with my dad, Cotton said. I knew right then where my passion was. I knew right then what I wanted to do with my life. It was my dream to play in the majors from that point on. While Cotton was not able to fully realize his dream, he had a great ride chasing it. And he very nearly did realize the dream during his nine-year professional career. I got close in 2000 with the Phillies with AA Reading, Cotton said. I was a setup guy out of the bullpen when setup guys for the closer were becoming popular. I had a great season (4-1, 2.00 ERA) and was considered by the Phillies management for a call-up to the major-league team in September. Cotton didn't get the call-up, but he did get to go to Venezuela a few months later to compete in the winter league against several major-league players, including Bobby Abreu and Omar Vizquel. I still consider myself very fortunate to do what I did, said Cotton, who lives in Florida and is in Home Depot's Loss Prevention Program. You have to have a lot of talent and lot of things to go your way. As it was I got drafted and played professional baseball for nearly a decade. Cotton first gained recognition during a sterling career at Hoban High School. He struck out 16 in a semifinal game of the state finals. He received a scholarship to Bowling Green State University and had a strong career as a Falcon starting pitcher. That convinced the Phillies to draft the 6-foot-2 right-hander in the 18th round after his junior season. He climbed the ladder in the Phillies organization for five years before going to Oakland in the Rule 5 draft. He got as high as AAA with Sacramento. He retired after the 2004 season. In 9 years of pro ball he had a lifetime ERA of 3.28 in 347 games with 617 innings of work. I wouldn't trade a minute of my life in pro ball, said Cotton. It was tough, but it was a dream of mine and I lived it. I didn't play for the money, but rather the brotherhood and the game.|
|Cox||Don||2007||2000||For over 50 years Don has been Manager/Sponsor of Sharon Center Cox Painting youth and adult baseball teams. He has also been a one-man field crew, taking care of the Sharon Center Field while leading his teams to numerous youth and adult championships. His teams have won titles in the Northeast Ohio AAA league, Northeast Ohio A and most recently in the Akron AA league. His teams have been highly competitive at various tournaments in the AABC and Hot Stove. His Sharon teams won the first annual Buckeye Baseball tournament in Cincinnati last year. Don has collected well over 1100 victories in his managerial and sponsorship career.|
|Craig||Mark||2016||2010||Mark was born in Akron on June 18,1950 and grew up on North Hill in Akron. If you know him from the Hill, he is better known by the nickname Willie. He graduated from North High School in 1969 and enlisted in US Marine Corps in July of 1969. Mark was scheduled to deploy to Vietnam, but due to acute sudden illness, he was honorably discharged in June of 1970. Mark attended local umpire classes under instructor Ron Reed in 1986. He then graduated from Harry Wendelstedt Professional Umpire School in Florida in February of1987. Mark has umpired college baseball games at Akron University, Malone College, Walsh College, Mt. Union College, The College of Wooster, Geneva College, Hiram University, andCapital University. For high schools, Mark has umpired numerous Akron city series playoffs and championship games, district and regional OHSAA tournament games, and Ohio High School State semi-finals games Columbus, Ohio from 1997 to 2002. He has also umpired in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Ft. Myers, 30's division from 1995-2000 and then in 2011. His awards have included the Summit Umpires Association Rookie of the Year, 1986; the Peanuts Johnson Award for Outstanding Service to Summit Umpire Association, 1998; and the Bailey-Wawrin Award for Outstanding Service to Summit Umpires Association, 2001. Mark has also assisted with training in the annual seven week umpire course for the Ohio High School Athletic Association with instructor Ron Reed; served as assistant instructor for Summit Umpires annual umpire clinics; he was Vice-President of the Summit Umpires Association in 1995 and President in 1996; an Executive Board member, Summit Umpires Association, 1997 ; 2002 and 2014 to present; and a member of the Summit Umpires Association, Ohio High School Athletic Association, N.A.S.O., and Roy Hobbs Umpire Association. He was employed as Emergency Medical Technician for nearly 30 years with local private ambulance companies and is now retired. Mark enjoys umpiring and collecting sports memorabilia. Devoted to daily workouts and physical activity, he believes inmaintaining excellent physical condition to enhance performance in umpiring. Married 33 years to wife, Phyllis, where they live in Akron. We live by the motto Love, Honor and Negotiate. A little something that started since the beginning of Mark's umpiring career, the phrase DO GOOD! is spoken before he leaves for each game. (It is said twice for a doubleheader.) As of this writing, they have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.|
|Cramer||Willie||1996||1990||Willie began his catching duties at an early age, with the White Trucks and the Shamrocks A.C. Class C B teams. Since his high school had no baseball program he played with the Post #209 team Class A League entry. At Kent State he became the first team receiver and was named captain during his senior year. Following his college career he played 10 years in the AA League with such teams as the Army-Navy Post #102, Norka Plating, and the Smith Sheriffs. When his active playing days were over, he began coaching at the high school level, having assignments at Norton and Buchtel. During the next 11 years his teams would win a City Championship, be percentage champions five times, win two division titles, and were regional runner-up in 1964. All in all a pretty impressive accomplishment. Among the many young people he helped with the rudiments of the game are Hall of Famers Art Kusnyer and Dan Costill, a couple of pretty fair catchers.|
|Craver||Don||1991||1990||Primarily a shortstop who also saw duty at third second, his career began in early forties with youth teams: Firestone Post 566, 209; Triplett Terriers, S.A. Merchants, Akron Yankees and was All-City for 1947 Garfield High District Champs. Played AA ball from 1946-1958 with Norka Plating, Krumroy Market, Borden Auto, Canton Rd. Furniture and Krispy Kreme. Led Borden in hitting in 1952 and played in many State and two national tournaments with Auto's, Furniture's and Kreme's. Craver had two trials for the pro's and was considered by his peers as a tough out.|
|Crocker Jr.||Bill||1993||1990||Without the dedication and desire of sponsor's to help greater Akron area baseball with monetary assistance, there would be no organized baseball as we have come to know and appreciate. Bill Jr. is one of those who has that desire. He sponsored the Crocker's Bar and Grille team for several years. His style and backing of a team is an example to be followed. As a youngster he accompanied his father ( 1985 Hall of Famer Bill Crocker Sr. ) and was impressed by ( 1985 Hall of Famer Karl Borden's ) sponsorship. This memory stayed with him and when the opportunity came, he felt he owed the community a pay back. The Crocker teams won several championships and have helped prepare several players for future induction into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.|
|Cromley||Ray||1991||1990||A 5'10" 145-pound lefty who could fire heat and had excellent control, dominated Barberton Little League and Babe Ruth League play. Set records at Barberton High for most wins and strikeouts, was MVP 1961 All-Ohio game. Pitched 13 years AA ball, made seven All-Star teams; always among league leaders in ERA and K's. Pitched and won State AABC title game and won one game in Battle Creek for 1966 Black Labels. Also played for John Brown's, Nino's Lounge, Barberton-Portage, Magic City Lanes, Akron Insulating. After concluding his career in the Double A League he became a coach and Little League manager.|
|Crowe||Kingsley||1990||1990||Born on an Indian reservation in Ontario, Canada, "King" came to Akron in 1945 at age 18 after a youth career of only hockey and softball because of the lack of youth baseball in Canada. His first true diamond experience was with Goodyear Heights Merchants in '46-47; Barberton Farber Clothes '48-50; and Creston '51-52, where he developed to a .300 plus hitter and an outstanding defensive first baseman. He played the next six years with Krispy Kreme, making the All-Star Team four times and again in 1960 with J.O.U.A.M. before closing out his career with Brimfield '61-63 in the Portage County League.|
|Davidson||Kurt||2015||2010||Kurt Davidson left North Canton Hoover High School in 2004 and promptly continued to establish the same reputation at the University of Akron becoming a rare three-time All-Mid-American Conference honoree and three-time team MVP for the Zips. Davidson earned first-team All-Federal League honors for the Vikings in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was the Federal League Player of the Year in 2004 and played in the prestigious Mizuno All-Ohio All-Star Baseball Game. Davidson was a three-time MVP at Hoover High School where he graduated as the school's all-time and single-season home run leader. Davidson's hitting prowess increased on the collegiate level with the Zips. The catcher-infielder first gained notice as a sophomore in 2006 when he hit .338 and was named to the second team on the All-Mid-American Conference team. Davidson also received the Joe Thomas Award in 2006 as the team's leader in batting average for the season. Davidson went on to earn first-team berths on the All-Mid-American Conference team in 2007 as a junior and in 2008 as a senior, thus becoming the first player in the University of Akron's baseball history to be named to three All-MAC teams. Along the way, Davidson was named MAC Player of the Week six times. Davidson finished his career at the University of Akron as the school's all-time leader in home runs with 41, RBI with 180, at-bats with 807 and total bases with 430. Davidson is second on the University of Akron's all-time chart with 253 hits and third in doubles with 52. He shares second place on the school's single-season home run record with 12, which he accomplished as a sophomore in 2006 and senior in 2008. Since ending his productive career at the University of Akron, Davidson coached at the University of Akron for three years and currently is coaching at Walsh University.|
|Davis||George||1997||1990||Following a lengthy period of time as a fine player with such teams as the Avery A.C. Stembridge All-Stars, Royal Vagabonds, Holland Furnaces, Warren, Ohio Gamecocks, and a year with the Pittsburgh Crawfords of the National Negro League, George embarked on an umpiring career. He graduated from umpire school and became the first accredited African-American sports official registered in Ohio. His experience as a player made him keenly aware of his responsibilities as an umpire and he became very competent. His skills and ability landed him assignments at all levels of competition, including the Stan Musial Amateur World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan, and many high school, college regular season tournament games, and AA League games as well. George was a member of the Portage County Umpire's Association and served as its president for several years.|
|DeGrand||Ron||1992||1990||He capped a 3-year varsity career as a hard hitting catcher in 1968 at Lakewood St. Edward High by leading the team three years in a row in hitting. Named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Dream Team two years, he was the first ever for his school to be selected onan All-State team. In the All-State Series games in Columbus, he was selected as the MVP. That earned Ron a full scholarship to Kent State where he caught for 3 years and then earned All-Mac in 1972 as an outfielder when he hit .324 and 8 homeruns in only 24 games. Ron played in the Cleveland Lakewood Leagues with the Parma Tals and Schrader Co. championship teams where he combined power and speed by leading the team in home runs and stolen bases. He signed a minor league contract with the Indians in 1973. He joined Akron Insulating in 1974-77, where he made the 1974 All-Stars. Ron helped the Insulaters win the 1975 title and guided them to a second place finish as 1976 player-manager. Ron has come out of retirement to participate in the Senior League. He was instrumental in helping the league champion Akron Blues team to a38 win and no loss seasons.|
|Dennison||Jim||1986||1980||This Hall of Famer excelled in football and baseball at both Wadsworth High School and the College of Wooster. An outstanding second baseman and outfielder, Dennison showed leadership traits early in his career. As player/manager, he led the Wadsworth Merchants to the 1960 Tri-County League title. While coaching baseball at Wadsworth and Elyria High Schools (1960-64), Jim played for Lorain Wolf Dry Goods and Elyrian Mustangs in the Lakewood League. In Akron, Dennison played for AA League Champion Krispy Kremes, P.O.C. Beer, Airmatic Valve, Weather Seal, and was player/manager for the champion Red Peppers from 1970-72. Dennison's amateur career was cut short when he was named head football coach at Akron U in 1973. However, he did enjoy a 17-year AA League career in which he was an All-Star in all three leagues. He played and hit over .300 in 14 of those seasons.|
|Dice||Eldon||1986||1980||From his youth days in the Old South Akron League through the tough Class AA action, Eldon did the job for the teams he played for and helped them win many championships. A 6'3", 180-pounder who was an outstanding outfielder as well as a clutch hitter. Eldon's first title team was in 1936 with the Akron Yankee Juniors squad and he followed that achievement by helping South High win the City title in 1937. After a couple of years with Mansfield in the Ohio State League, the Ravenna VFW, and a stint in the Army, Eldon returned to championship action with Seiberling Tire, Goodrich Local #5, and the 1945 National NABF champion Akron Orphans. Eldon then closed out his playing days with the champion Borden Auto and Smith Sheriffs teams. Following his playing days, Eldon managed Red Pepper and Clark Excavating teams and then stayed close to the action as an umpire for 15 years. A consistent .300-plus hitter, Eldon was named to four All-Star teams.|
|Dienoff||Phil||1992||1990||A South High grad who entered Syracuse U on an athletic scholarship as a track star and finished first in the National Freshman Cross Country Championship. He returned to Akron and completed his career at Akron U in baseball, track and basketball. He took over at Garfield High in 1937, where his baseball teams won 10 City titles, the District title seven times, and two Regional titles in 34 years. He was the founder of the Summit Umpires Association, conducted numerous umpire clinics and schools. He umpired with a great love of the game for 40 years on area sandlots. Phil kept control of the games with his professionalism and players enjoyed his friendly attitude. He was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.|
|Dilauro||Jack||1984||1980||He began an outstanding youth career as a pitcher in the North Akron Leagues and at North High before joining the Tramonte Black Labels in 1961. After compiling an 8-1 record for the 1962 AA League Champion Labels, he signed with the Detroit Tigers and played pro ball for 10 years. That career was highlighted as a member of the amazing 1969 New York Mets World Championship team. After finishing up with the Houston Astros in 1970, Jack came back to Akron. In 1973, while with Eaton Sports Pride, DiLauro helped pitch them to two titles while making the All-Star team three times. Jack retired from the hill after a 1975 championship season and took on the job as AA League President for two years.|
|Dilauro||Jim||1987||1980||Jim becomes the fifth member of the "DiLauro Baseball Family" to be inducted, joining father, Charles "Mim" DiLauro(1986 inductee); brother Jack, (1984 inductee); and Uncles Art Boyes (1983 inductee) and Todd Boyes (1987 inductee). Jim's career began in the North Hill Youth League with McConell-Crisp Realty, and the Polish-American Club, and he followed that with an outstanding career as a shortstop at North High, where he captained the 1954 All-City team. Jim then moved on to Akron U where he was team captain in 1957 and 1958, and into the AA league. Jim was named to seven All-Star teams during a 12-year AA career while hitting at a .325 clip with Chester's Diner, Zoff Heating, champion Krispy Kreme, and champion Black Label teams. He closed out his playing days with John Brown's Winding Bar in 1965. Jim also served as coach at Hower High (1961-66), Akron U (1967-68), and was President of the AA league in 1969 and 1970.|
|Donahue||Mike||1997||1990||If the Kenmore area had a Hall of Fame, one of the very first to be recognized would be Mike Donahue. Mike has a 35-year association with Kenmore baseball. At every level he has been available to do what was needed to keep the game alive. He managed, coached, was groundskeeper, and yes, even umpired. His services extended from the little leagues to the Pony League to the Hot Stove league, to high school and the AA League. All his teams recorded better than .500 statistics and along the way they won titles, including two trips to the Hot Stove state finals in Alliance, and assistant coaching duties with the 1986 City Series Champion, Kenmore High. In association with his on the field activities, Mike found time to serve 20 years as administrator. Eleven of those years on the AA Board of Directors. He was instrumental in fund raising efforts for the youth teams, high school and the AA League. Mike is truly dedicated to Kenmore and Akron baseball."|
|Donatelli||John||2010||2010||Talented right-handed pitcher in North Akron Youth Leagues; Champion Dodgers and Yankees (he was only the 2nd player to letter as a freshman at North High). He was All City in his Jr. and Sr. years, averaging two strike outs per inning to lead Summit and Stark/Portage Counties. Came into AA League as a junior with Akron Insulating Champion Teams. Was 7-0, and at one point had 28 straight scoreless innings. In 1977 he pitched the title game for the Insulators. After 7 years AA, John turned to coaching North Akron Youth Teams for 12 years.|
|Donatelli||Rudy||1987||1980||Became known as "The King of North Hill Baseball" as he led numerous youth teams to City and State Championships as a classic hard-hitting first baseman and pitcher in his younger days with teams like the North Akron Dodgers, Ott Construction and Firestone Park Kiwanis in the Class H through D level. Rudy also helped pitch and bat North High to its first ever City title in 1972 and was named All-City twice. Rudy moved on to Kent State University where he averaged .355 and was named to the All-MAC team in 1976. Rudy played ten years in the AA League before a career-ending arm and shoulder injury silenced his bat and leadership. During his playing days with Bolin Oil, champions Acme Ash, Forest City and Akron Insulating teams, Rudy was named to five All-Star teams, won two batting titles, twice was AABC District Tournament MVP and won the coveted Frank Garcia Most Outstanding Player Award in 1979. He closed out his career managing Oakwood Bar to the Youngstown Invitational Tournament Championship. Rudy was also an assistant coach on North High's second ever City Title team in 1977, was head coach at East High in 1981, a board member of the North Akron Hot Stove League, and currently is supervisor of sports for the City of Akron Recreation Department.|
|Duncan||Dick||1999||1990||Began his career playing for champion Amerst, Ohio youth teams as a righthanded pitcher and catcher. Was a team captain, All-League and All-County All-Star at Amherst High '75-78. Dick became a third baseman and complete power hitter when he moved into A and AA and college ball (Akron U). Played and led numerous summer teams tot titles including Amherst A's and Canton Budweiser and helped lead Copley of Akron AA to C.A.B.A World Series runnerup in 1992. Was on seven All-Star teams. At Akron U, Dick set career homerun and RBI records while playing four years for the Zips. Was All Ohio Valley Conference in 1982.|
|Dunn||Bernie||1988||1980||Had an outstanding career as a strong-throwing right-handed pitcher and third baseman for 14 years on the local sandlots. Bernie began his career on the youth level with the outstanding National A.C. teams back in 1933 on the Class D level through the Class A level, and was a two-year starter for Kenmore High in 1936-37. He moved into AA competition in 1938 with Lotter's Garage and followed that with an All-Star season with the Beaver Falls Browns in the Penn State League, where he hit .360 and was voted Player of the Year in that league. He returned to Akron in 1940 with the Firestone Local, and, except for a service stint in 1944-45, played outstanding ball for the tough Army-Navy #268 teams during the rest of the forties. Bernie took to coaching in the Kenmore area after his playing days and had many successful seasons on the Little League and Pony League levels, with the highlight being an All-Star trip to the Little League Finals in Williamsport, PA in 1956.|
|Dunn||Kevin||2000||2000||One of the founding fathers of Manchester A's traveling baseball teams, along with Jerry Vance and Bill Round. The success of the various age levels A's teams have been remarkable: 13 appearances in various World Series, 23 various State Championships. Kevin's record as manager of 14 year old teams is fantastic: 959 wins, 291 losses, five World Series, 18 State Championships. Since beginning in 1979 Dunn has directed the A's programs to being highly competitive while playing the best teams in Ohio and nationally. Kevin's motto is: "We want kids who are serious about baseball, who want to take their games to the next level."|
|Dutton||Dean||1984||1980||He moved from All-City performances at Garfield High in the mid 1950's to successful All-Star performances in the A League, beginning his rookie season with Krispy Kreme at age 18 when he was the first recipient of the Frank Garcia Award as the League's most outstanding player. Dean never hit under .300 while helping the Kremes to three titles. After a stint in the Phillies minor league system, Dean picked up where he left off as a strong-hitting, slick fielding center fielder for the champion Black Label teams and closed out his career with NABF tourney team Weather Seal in 1971. Always close to the top of league hitting stats, Dean was selected for seven all-star teams.|
|Elias||Eddie||1990||1990||A left-handed smooth fielding first baseman and switch-hitter, Eddie began playing in the West Akron Youth Leagues, and then the D League, which led to an 8-year career in AA ball. In between, he was an All-City basketball player at West High and played football and baseball there before lettering at Akron U in basketball and baseball. He played for the Mansfield Cubs, but a knee injury curtailed his pro career. Elias finished his career as co-player/manager with Frank Roppollo for the Kalmer Dance Studio team after AA seasons with the Slovene Center, Tiny's Orphans, Club 55, Stenbridge A.C., Case Poultry, and the Ravenna Vets, and was named to four All-Star teams.|
|Ellis||George||1996||1990||George umpired in the AA League for 11 years, most of that time as a member of the "George" Team. He and George Joyce (1984) as a team were regarded as one of Akron's best. George had a superior sense of humor, perhaps a necessary requirement to be an official. His ability soon established him as a top quality umpire, and he began to receive assignments in the Mid-American and Big 10 Conferences. In addition to baseball, he officiated football and basketball equally well. His skills took him to the National Football League level. George had the distinction of being the only umpire to be invited to golf in the Ex-Baseball Players Golf League. In 1978 he was honored by the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame with induction. George's colorful career was cut short at age 54, by cancer in 1974, a severe loss to the Akron sports scene.|
|Epling||Bill||1995||1990||Starting with the youth teams in Barberton, Bill became one of Barberton High's premiere pitchers accumulating a 7-1 record during his senior year. He played with the Slovene Center, Barberton Merchants and Smith Sheriffs prior to joining the army. He played with the 18th F.A.GRP. team, receiving MVP status from the "Stars and Stripes" player poll. He pitched in 18 of 24 games for the Eastern Conference to win the European title. Upon his return to Akron he pitched for P.O.C. Beers, Zoff Heating, Borden Autos, finishing with the Tramonte Black Label team in 1966. He was named to four All-Star teams and played for 8 championship teams. An arm injury prevented an assignment in the St. Louis Cardinal organization.|
|Esola||Tony||2016||2010||As a youth, Tony played on the 1963 Meadows Realty who won the GABF Class F City Championship. In 1970, he played on the Goodyear Heights Orientals who won the GABF Class D City Championship. During that season, he threw a no-hitter (perfect game for 6 1/3 innings). Tony was a Varsity letterman at Ellet High School during the 1969, 1970, and 1971 school years. He also was a standout in basketball. As a pitcher on the team, he was instrumental in helping Ellet grab Metro Championships, Sectional Championships, and District Championships. After high school, he moved onto the Greater Akron AA League and played for the Manchester Anthe's team from 1972 to 1973. From 1972 to 1984, he also was picked to play in the Big Four Industrial Tournament which included teams from Goodyear, Goodrich, General Tire, and Firestone. He was a six-time Big Four Tournament All-Star Outfielder. Tony has played in the Roy Hobbs league since 1992 for the Akron 40's, Akron Dodgers, Akron Phillies, Grandpa Sports Card A's, and the Colt 45's. Most recently, Tony had been pitching for the Akron Blues team since 2000. He, along with inductee John Sarver, was instrumental in helping the Blues win 4 straight championships from 2012 to 2015, while going undefeated during the 2015 season. He was a five-time All-Star during his 24 year stint in NEO Roy Hobbs. In 2010, he was chosen as the Team MVP for the Blues in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida. Tony was runner up to John Sarver for Pitcher of the Year in 2013 in the NEO Roy Hobbs League. In the 2015 RH World Series, he was instrumental in pitching the Akron Blues to the Classics (60+) Championship in the AAA bracket. It could be argued that Tony has been the best and most valuable pitcher for the different age divisions in Roy Hobbs in the time period which he competed. He has won the most regular season games in that time span and been virtually unbeatable in playoff games. Tony has consistently been a premier pitcher, earning both personal and team recognition at all levels. He is a great competitor (as all champions are), but he is also a good teammate ; always supporting the team by being willing to carry out any assignment that is given to him. He never criticizes his fellow players and leads by example when he is on the field. Throughout his baseball career with the Blues, Tony has to be one of the most consistent pitchers, always giving his best and, as a starter, rarely ever losing a league, playoff, or championship game. Tony also spent time as an assistant coach from 2000 to 2003 and head coach from 2003 to 2008 at St. Vincent/St. Mary High School. He was a pitching instructor at Home Field Advantage and Pronio Sports from 2001 to 2007. He has coached a number players who went on to excel in college and beyond. Along with coaching, Tony was an Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds from 2005 to 2009.|
|Farrell||Jim||2014||2010||Former Marlington High School and Kent State University standout pitcher Jim Farrell was one good break away from landing on the mound at Fenway Park after posting a 14-win season at the Red Sox's Class AAA team in Pawtucket in 1998. Instead, it was a bad break that short-circuited the right-handed pitcher's professional career, limiting Farrell to 73 innings over the next 3 seasons and ultimately leading to his retirement from professional baseball after 6 seasons. He began his outstanding career by helping Marlboro teams win Hot Stove Baseball state championships in I League, H League and G League. He was a mainstay on the Manchester A's state championship teams in 14u, 15u, 16u and 17u. After earning All-Ohio honors as a shortstop and pitcher for Marlington High School from 1989-1992, Farrell received a scholarship to play at Kent State University. After a stellar 3-year career with the Golden Flashes in which he helped to lead KSU to 2 Mid-American Conference championships, Farrell was drafted in the 40th round of the 1995 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox. Farrell consistently climbed the ladder in the Red Sox chain, advancing to Pawtucket at the end of the 1997 season as a reward for posting a 12-7 record with Trenton in the AA Eastern League. Farrell reached what would be the apex of his professional career in 1998 when he recorded a 14-8 record and 5.51 ERA. He struck out 142 and walked 52 in 163.1 innings. He was named the Red Sox's Class AAA Pitcher of the Year for his performance. He spent parts of the 1999 and 2000 seasons in Fort Myers on injury rehab and had limited time with Trenton and Pawtucket before leaving the game in 2001. Farrell has been head baseball coach at Cuyahoga Falls High School since 2006.|
|Fenton||Jim||1996||1990||Jim's baseball career began in the Firestone Park program with the Akron Yankees, moving on to Garfield High School as their regular shortstop for three years. His steady play helped Garfield win the City Championship in 1950 and into the finals for the State Tournament. He played four years at The University of Akron, being awarded the MVP honors in 1952 and 1953. During the summer months he played for H.O.F. Frank Garcias' Borden Autos on their championship teams for the next five years. During his tenure in the AA League he also played for the Smith Sheriffs, Souvenir Beers, Howe Construction, and Old Dutch Beers. His 10 years of AA play was interrupted by military service in Korea. While stationed their he starred for and later coached the base team. Jim, always a slick fielding shortstop, got his share of timely hits and invariably played on the area's top teams.|
|Filer||Sam||1994||1990||Sam was a powerful hitting first baseman-outfielder, whose determination to win was legendary among his teammates and friends. He played on the West Side Sandlots before winning 3 letters at Buchtel High School. He then began playing at The University of Akron where he won 3 letters and was All-Ohio Conference and MVP in 1950. Also at Akron U he led the team in homeruns and hitting, serving as captain during one season. He was a .350 hitter and more than adequate as a defensive player. In the AA League Sam helped the Smith Sheriffs, Scott Paige, Sohio A.C. and Canton Road Furniture. All in all he was a member of 3 championship teams.|
|Finney||Ed||1984||1980||From his All-City days at West High through his days in the A League and the travels through the historic old Negro Leagues, Ed Finney was a "bulldog" of a player, ripping out line drive base hits and sweeping the field from second or third base positions. After a stint in the Navy following West High, Finney began again to display his talents on the diamond with an All-Star performance for Stembridge A.C. In between trips to the Negro Leagues, 1947-50, Ed got in a year with the champion Borden Autos team. A broken ankle cut off his pro chances in '51, while others like Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Joe Black and Jim Gilliam were moving up the major league ladder. He returned to the pro's in '52 but another ankle injury in '54 ended his pro career. Ed finished out on the Akron sandlots with the Royal Vagabonds and then spent a few years coaching in the youth leagues.|
|Firth||Jim||1993||1990||Was a 1960 graduate of St. Mary's High who was a switch hitting catcher who hit more than .500 during a four year high school career. He was an All-City catcher in baseball for four years and All-City in football basketball for two years. In his senior year he was named to the Catholic All-American Basketball Team. He attended Southern Illinois University for one year on a basketball scholarship and had baseball tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates. On returning to Akron he played for Krispy Kreme, John Browns, Joe's All Stars, Blatz Beers, Tiny's Orphans, and finally with Nino's Lounge teams. He was selected on three All-Star teams for his stellar play and excellent hitting ability. His hitting average was always near .400. He led his teams in home runs and in RBI's. Jim passed away at the young age of 47 on October 23, 1989.|
|Fletcher||Dick||1983||1980||An outstanding football-baseball athlete at Barberton High School, Fletcher became best known as a pitcher who "loves trouble" and responded to the pressure by becoming a bulldog on the mound. He began playing in the A League with Farber Clothes and had successful seasons with Canton Road Furniture and Smith Sheriffs. After a stint in the U.S. Army, "Fletch" became a workhorse relief ace in the White Sox, Senators and Orioles Minor League systems. However, arm trouble ended that career in 1960. He returned to the Akron sandlots to help Black Label win eight championships. Later, "Fletch" coached at Akron U and managed several championship teams, including the Red Peppers, Forest City, Acme Ash and Akron Insulating.|
|Fletcher||Rick||1996||1990||Baseball has been forever a way of life for Rick and all the Fletchers. He joins his father, Dick, a 1983 inductee as the ninth father-son combo to have been so honored. Rick began in the Wadsworth Little League, advancing to Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball, showing outstanding qualities all the way. At Wadsworth High School he left his mark as a superior defensive player, being selected All-County and named the MVP his junior and senior years. He moved into the Junior College ranks with Brewton-Parker, then to Toledo University for two years before graduating from Malone. He was awarded four Golden Gloves during his college years. Joining the AA League he spent his playing days with Acme Ash, Akron Insulating, and Forest City before signing a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs organization. He was assigned to the Auburn, N.Y. Red Stars in the New York-Penn. League. Following the stint with the pros, he returned to conclude his AA career with the Ewing Chevy's and Oakwood Bar. All told Rick helped his teams win 10 championships and was voted on six All-Star teams.|
|Fletcher||Scott||1998||1990||After a solid career in Wadsworth youth leagues and at Wadsworth High (All-0hio, 1975), Scott displayed his professional potential at Toledo U, Valencia JC, Georgia Southern and in the Akron AA League as a speedy, fine hitting defensive shortstop. In the AA League, Scot helped lead Acme Ash and Akron Insulating teams to titles and was the Frank Garcia Award winner MVP in 1978. Signed by the Cubs in 1979, he made it to the "bigs" in 1981 where he developed into one of the steadiest and most productive shortstops and later second basemen, in the majors, while playing 15 years with the Cubs, White Sox, Rangers (best hitting season of .300 in 1986), Brewers, and closed out his career at second for the Red Sox and Tigers. Scott was considered best defensive shortstop in Rangers history. He had a 56-game errorless streak in 1990 and a career .264 batting average.|
|Floto||Jim||1994||1990||East High School has produced many excellent players for our Hall of Fame and joining that group is another, Jim Floto. Jim served as captain for 2 years and led the team to 3 district championships and a regional trophy. Before that he learned the basics with the Post 209 and East Akron Nash teams in the American Legion. At The University of Akron he was a 4 year letterman, serving as captain during 1956. In 1955 he received the MVP Award. In 1956 he received the Touchdown Clubs Outstanding Player Award. He played in the AA League with Souvenir Beers, Old Dutch Beers, Howe Construction, Krispy Kremes and the Borden Autos 1949 championship team. He played on the Naval Air Station team in Memphis, Tenn. Jim had a .345 lifetime batting average and played on 4 All-Star teams. He was a keen student of the game. He sustained a broken finger just prior to a scheduled try-out with the Memphis Blues of the International League, preventing his shot at the pros.|
|Fohl||Lee||2013||2010||Born in Marietta, Ohio. Played briefly in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates (19 02) and Cincinnati Reds (1903). Player/Manager for the minor league Akron Champs, the 1910-11 champions of the Ohio-Penn League and Akron Rubbermen (1912). Went on to manage the Cleveland Indians (1915-1919), St. Louis Browns (1921-23) and Boston Red Sox (1924-26).|
|Foltz||Chet||2002||2000||Managed and helped sponsor the famous National A.C. teams from 1924 through 1960. One of the most beloved managers in Akron baseball hitory as a strict disciplinarian with an aura of class that his players carried with them through their own lives. Many of those years, Chet sponsored teams on four age levels, "D-C-B-A" and won numerous championships.|
|Francesconi||Al||1989||1980||Enjoyed 14 years on the Sandlots beginning as a second baseman with the National A.C. Title teams, 1935-38. At Buchtel High he also handled third base and catching duties and helped the Griffs to their first ever title in 1940. Played 2nd and 3rd for Champion Sohio A.C. teams in '41-'42 and then after a stint in the Navy, played for Moore Wrestlers, Goodyear Wingfoots, and closed out his career as a catcher for the Smith Sheriff Title teams in 1949 and 1950.|
|Frascella||Nick||1984||1980||He first made a name for himself as a cager at the College of Wooster, where he is a member of the school's Hall of Fame. He later played with the Goodyear Wingfoots, but his claim to fame in this situation is as an umpire. Frascella's exposure to baseball came early in life and he was an outstanding first baseman for the Golden Age team in the A League and at Wooster. He turned to officiating baseball in the early 1940's and through the years, Nick has been considered the best and most likeable umpire in the sport. If there was a big game in town, Frascella was usually one of the umpires working the game. After over 40 years, Frascella is still calling balls and strikes--only it's softball now."|
|Fross||Dave||2013||2010||Long and illustrious career as a player and coach. Served 27 years as the Head Baseball Coach at the University of Akron and retired in 2000 as the winningest Ohio coach ever (774 victories) in NCAA Division I Baseball (13 state universities). Also noted for his managing and playing career (25 years and 16 all-star selections) in the highly-competitive Canton Class A Baseball League, where his achievements included several league batting championships and MVP awards.|
|Galehouse||Denny||1987||1980||Denny grew up in the Doylestown area youth leagues and semi-pro leagues before launching an 18-year professional baseball career. He started his major league career with the Cleveland Indians and later played for the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns. Galehouse pitched the 1948 American League Playoff game for the Red Sox, losing to the Indians' Gene Beardon, 8-3. In the 1944 World Series between the Browns and St. Louis Cardinals, Denny won two games while compiling a 1.50 ERA. He has remained active on the area sandlots as a major league scout seeking new talent for the big leagues.|
|Galloway||Ed||2010||2010||A player's umpire who has "called em" since 1978, and has worked games for over 25 years each in football, basketball, and volleyball on the High School level. As of this writing, Ed has worked OHSAA Tournaments: 17 State, 25 Regional, and 11 City title games in baseball. These numbers are sure to rise as he continues to participate in this profession. Ed is past President of Summit Umpires Association and also handled Secretary/Treasurer duties. He was named National Baseball Federation Umpire of the Year for Ohio in 2005.|
|Gambol||Jim||1999||1990||Deceased||An outstanding defensive catcher and handler of pitchers, Jim began his career in the Firestone Park area in 1956 in Little League action, South Akron Colts and Firestone Park "D" teams ('63 champs). A three-year starter at Garfield High, Jim helped the Rams to city titles in 1963 and '64. In AA play he was an excellent receiver for Airmatic Valve; Barberton Weather-Seal (1969 NABF World Series finalist in Buffalo); Dairy Queen 1970 (drafted by Nino's Lounge for NABF World Series, Louisville, KY); '71 Flexi-Grip; '72-73 Eaton Sports Pride AA champs, where he made the All-Star team.|
|Garcia||Frank||1982||1980||Although his career was cut short in 1950 at the relatively young age of 38 due to a back injury, this great player lived long enough to see his teams become perhaps the best in the history of Akron sandlot baseball. Garcia was player/manager on teams that won four AA League titles and four Ohio Amateur Baseball Congress crowns. Twice his teams came within a victory of capturing the AABC National Championship in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1945, he led the Akron Orphans to the NABF national championship--earning the most outstanding player of the tournament in the process. As a player he was good enough to be signed by three major league clubs--the Yankees, Phillies and Cardinals. He even had a fling with pro basketball with the old Cleveland Alleman Transfers. His name lives on today--on the award that goes to the annual winner of the AA League's MVP.|
|Gates||Bruce||1988||1980||A tall, lanky right-hander with plenty of "steam," Bruce played and pitched many Copley area youth teams to League and Tournament Championships, including three All-Star years with Copley Dynamerican, and then as pitcher/shortstop at Copley High from 1970-72. He was an All-Suburban League selection for the Indians, with the highlight being a no-hitter, 1.00 ERA, and a District Championship in 1972. Bruce moved on to college action at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1975-77, where he was All-ECAC in '76 and '77. He set a record for most putouts in a game in '76 with 11, and in 1977 set a league record with 28 scoreless innings. In Class AA ball in Akron, Bruce had two All-Star years with Red Pepper and Pfeifle Funeral Home in 1972-73. He then went back for summer ball in Rochester, where he again made the All-Star Team twice, while his team won a pair of championships. Bruce returned for more Akron League play with the champion Forest City and Akron Insulating teams before closing out his career with D.B. Johnsen Company in 1981.|
|Gates||Dan||2013||2010||Outstanding pitcher, outfielder and hitter. Starred in Canton, Ohio youth and A leagues winning several championships and earning individual All-Star honors. For the past 17 years has played and managed in the NEO Roy Hobbs Senior Baseball League, winning championships in several divisions, including the Roy Hobbs World Series in Ft. Myers, Florida. Also umpires high school baseball and fast-pitch softball.|
|Gilhousen||Joe||2007||2000||Joe was an All-Star outfielder for Canton Lehman High, Kent State University and in the Class A Canton League and Akron AA league. Joe began coaching Oakwood and then GlenOak high teams after graduating from Kent in 1970 and coached for 33 years, posting a 575-305 record, winning 17 Federal League titles, 2 Division I State titles and 14 Coach-of-the-Year Awards. In the Canton A League, Joe played 24 years on 10 title teams and was named to 17 All-Star teams. He was inducted into the Ohio Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Stark County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.|
|Glinsky||Ray||1982||1980||Baseball Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel, would tell sportswriters that baseball was 90 percent pitching. Glinsky was the epitome of that bit of "Stengelese" during a long career in the AA League, as well as a brilliant four-year career at Akron U (1962-65). The powerful right-handed thrower had early success in the AA League while twirling for Tiny's Orphans and Blatz Beer. In 1962 he established a UA record that has yet to be broken when he led the nation with a remarkable 0.37 earned run average. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Glinsky returned to perform first with the Airmatic Valves and then the Red Peppers, for which he helped capture the 1971 League title. All told, Glinsky, who was always among the leaders in strikeouts and ERA in AA League play, was named to its All-Star team 11 times during his outstanding career.|
|Goddard||Bill||2000||2000||An outstanding lefty pitcher and centerfielder in Wadsworth Youth Leagues and at Wadsworth High, Bill furthered his career at Akron U for years, patrolling center for the Zips while becoming 1980 Captain and Outstanding Defensive Player. He at one time held held Zip record for most hits in a season. In Class AA action, Bill played for champion Akron Insulating teams, 1976-80; was with Medina Merchants '81-85; was named to 8 All Star teams and once posted a 36 game hitting streak. From there Bill moved into the Hobbs baseball action and became head coach of Wadsworth and has posted more wins than any other coach in Grizzlie history. Bill was inducted in the Wadsworth Hall of Fame in 1987.|
|Gray||George “Lefty”||1986||1980||Grescovich, Steve,Grescovich,Steve,2017,0,423,Baseball can be addicting and Grescovich cannot get enough of the sport. He began coaching the JV team at Walsh Jesuit High School in 1979 and became varsity head coach in 1982, thus kick-starting what has become one of the Akron area's top programs. In the 15 years as Walsh head coach, Grescovich's teams qualified for six district tournaments, reached the regionals four times, and qualified for the final four in the state tourney once. Grescovich hasn't been the head coach at Walsh in years, but he still contributes his time as batting instructor (probably his special talent) and outfield coach, and he continues to throw batting practice. Grescovich has been teaching at Walsh for 39 years. In 1991, he received the prestigious Clem Caraboolad Award as the No. 1 Akron area high school coach in any sport. Grescovich graduated from Walsh in in 1974 then earned a degree at the University of Akron where he played outfield and catcher.|
|Grimm||Mike||1984||1980||Mike grew up on the east side, attending East High, where he was All-City in football and baseball and led East to titles in both sports. He developed into an outstanding power hitter and defensive outfielder with speedy base-stealing talents. He first joined the AA League in 1953 with Old Dutch Beer, and followed with a crack at pro ball with the Cardinals organization until a shoulder injury sent him home to play with Howe Construction in 1955. He then played for the tough Krispy Kreme clubs and finished his Akron career with the legendary Black Labels in 1961, a team that won 69 games. Mike always hit around .400 and won the coveted Garcia Award in 1957 when he hit .420 and led the Akron All-Stars to a 9-2 win over Canton in the first game of that series. After leaving Akron for a flying career with the U.S. Air Force, including six years of service play, he led the Greater Boston Park League with a .437 average and his Connolly Club team to the title in 1964; was an All-Star selection in 1967 while hitting .487 for Howard AFB, Panama; and ended his career in 1969 for the champion Hickam AFB Flyers in Hawaii.|
|Hall||Jeff||1989||1980||A native of East Liverpool where he was All-League for the Potters High School team, the 5'10", 165-pound righthander with a devastating fork ball, had four outstanding seasons at Kent State U, capped by a senior season when he posted a 9-1 record, was All-MAC and played for the USA College All-Stars on a tour in Japan. In between a stint with the Yankees Albany team, he had five All-Star years with Akron Insulating, leading them to three titles and leading the league in most wins, most strikeouts and best ERA - a total of eight times.|
|Hamlin||Dick||1989||1980||Rated as one of the Top Ten Best Baseball players ever in the Akron Amateur Ranks and proved it with his fine hitting and splendid outfield play. Always around the .400 batting mark, even when he began playing in the youth leagues of South Akron and through his high school days at St. Mary and with the Akron Orphans in A ball. Was named to five All-Star teams. Played in Giants Minor League system for five years before injury curtailed his career. Managed Zoff Heating ('56-'57), won League Title in '57 and managed All-Star team. Played college ball at Cal-Poly.|
|Handy||Rick||1985||1980||Rick began his AA career as a senior out of South High, after an outstanding career in the youth leagues, and established himself as a topnotch shortstop and later second baseman in the field, and a strong clutch hitter at the plate. He played his rookie season for Azar-Denholm before joining the Tramonte Black Labels for nine years, champion Wayne Knolls Farms for two years, and closed out his career with the champion Akron Insulating teams. Rick was named the AA League's Frank Garcia Outstanding Player in 1964, and he managed the Labels to the League title in 1969. Handy had a career batting average of .320 and was named to the All-Star team every year he played.|
|Harris||Joe||1992||1990||A transplant from Montgomery, Alabama where he was an All-Star lefthanded pitcher, first baseman and outfielder at Loveless High School. Joe moved to the Akron area for an outstanding career beginning in 1941 with Stembridge All-Stars, Elite Billiards, Wadsworth V.F.W. Merchants and Royal Vagabond teams on the local sandlots. He also played two years for the Traveling House of Moses Squad. Joe hurled three no-hitters, was named to four All-Star teams, consistently hit .300 and led Stembridge in RBI's four times. Joe fondly recalls his playing days on the Royal Vagabonds with the legendary Bobby Nash (1982-H.O.F.), Ormsby Pearson, Thurston Walker (1989-H.O.F.), and Ed Finney (1984-H.O.F.) as they traveled the northeastern Ohio area beating all comers.|
|Harris||Russ||2002||2000||A strong, talented right-handed pitcher who led Springfield High to 3 consecutive Metro League titles (1938-40). His lone defeat in those years came against Canton McKinley in the 1940 state championship game after he pitched and won the semifinal the day before. Russ moved into the AA League while at Kent State and played for New Havens, West Chevrolet (14-3 record, '41), East Akron Merchants '42, striking out 19 Borden Auto batters in his last game before joining the Army. Played with 20th Corps Artillery '45; came home to pitch for and manage Canton Road Furniture. Taught history at the University of Akron, was a thoroughbred racing columnist, earned a PhD in history at Lehigh at age 75.|
|Hatch||Steve||2007||2000||A tremendous athlete from Akron Firestone Park area, Steve was an outstanding right-handed pitcher in the Park youth leagues and at Garfield where he was All-City. Steve was usually his team's leading hitter as well. He became a team captain at the University of Akron in baseball and played All-Star type football with the Zips as he did with Garfield High. In the Akron AA League, Steve made the All-Star team with NABF World Series Finalist Nino's Lounge and Barberton Weather-Seal. An arm injury curtailed his baseball career but he moved into softball and was elected to the Summit County Softball Hall of Fame.|
|Hawley||Lou||1993||1990||A righthanded pitcher who doubled as a shortstop when not pitching. He had a great high school record at Garfield High before joining the South Akron Merchants, Krumroy Markets, Snyder Lumber, Sahara Dry, and the New Haven Cafes. He played in the Akron A League for 6 years before joining the army. He pitched for the U.S. Army team in England, helping them win the European Theatre of Operations championship, with a 1 hitter and a "no hitter" in the tournament. This feat got him voted M.V.P. and "All Tourney" status. Upon returning to the States, he played for the Canton Road Furniture and Post #273 teams. He was signed by the Chicago Cubs and sent to Fayetteville, NC, where he pitched well prior to injuring his arm. He finished his career back in Akron with the Borden Autos 1947 State champions.|
|Heineman||Harold||1983||1980||,"Lefty" was one of the best pitchers for more than 15 years on Akron sandlots. The bulky southpaw also hit over .300 consistently. Born and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, the Kent State grad made his mark on area sandlots with the Ravenna Eagles, Lustig Shoes, Goodyear Wingfoots, Akron Orphans and Smith Sheriffs. Some of Lefty's highlights include the 1949 season with the Sheriffs when he racked up 12 straight wins and fanned 129 in 96 innings during which the team won 60 of 67 games. In tourney action he added two more wins. On one occasion, Lefty struck out 25 in a 12-inning affair and in 1945 helped the Akron Orphans win the NABF National Championship. He also had a taste of pro ball with the Akron Yankees, and in the White Sox organization. His biggest thrill, however, was striking out 19, including the immortal Jackie Robinson in an exhibition game in Youngstown, featuring the Lustigs versus the Kansas City Monarchs.|
|Hesse||Paul||2007||2000||For 37 years Paul has been a very successful coach on the youth, high school, class AA and college levels. Beginning with the Suffield Warriors in 1971 and continuing through the present day with the Mount Union College Purple Raiders. Paul's teams are highly competitive, and he has led such teams as the Tallmadge Stars, Akron-Canton A's, White Therapy and Field Merchants Falcons. Paul's teams had winning state performances on all levels, including a very strong Akron AA Field Falcon team that won the titles in 1983 and 1984 posting a 88-8 record. Overall his teams have a 955-597 record.|
|Hickman||Sam||1984||1980||This All-Star first baseman's career got off to a great start. He came to Akron from Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1931, and quickly became a fixture in the A League with the North Akron Merchants before moving to the St. Martha team that captured the League crown. Sam played for the Cuyahoga Falls Majestics, Semler Tavern, and with the League champion Killian Celtics before spending a year in the Detroit Tiger minor league system. He returned to the Celtics for five years, during which he had his most productive year--batting .411 in 1938. His career was interrupted by WW II. After a stint in the U.S. Army, Hickman closed out his baseball career by helping the Smith Sheriffs win the 1946 League title.|
|Hogan||Jeff||1989||1980||Began play in Firestone Park L.L. in 1956, then with Ellet L.L., Colt Pony Leagues as outstanding pitcher/shortstop. At Ellet High was All-City in baseball as well as basketball and as a senior joined Erhart Kramers AA team where he became an All-Star shortstop. Continued All-Star performance with Tramonte Black Labels (1966 Frank Garcia Award) and in 1967 led Labels in hitting, homeruns, and RBI as they won city and state titles. Went to Florida State on Hoop Scholarship, but also became starting shortstop for three years after which he played in Tigers organization for five years. Became Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director at Tallahassee High in 1980 where his teams have posted a 200-44 record and captured five District and two State titles.|
|Holland||Chuck||2004||2000||Chuck Holland was a longtime supporter of youth baseball leagues throughout northeast Ohio and particularly in the Greater Akron area. Beginning in the mid-1960's, Chuck sponsored more than 100 local teams from T-ball to teens and travel teams. He also sponsored adult teams when presented with the opportunity. Despite his love for the game, Chuck never had an opportunity to play organized ball, instead playing stick ball in the middle of Howard Street after finishing his paper route. The closet he came to organized ball was in 1988 when he threw out the first pitch for a Cleveland Indians game at Municipal Stadium. Still, Chuck saw baseball and other organized sports as a way to instill values and build character in lives of area young people. He became an active and regular sponsor of local teams throughout his life. In doing so, he touched the lives of thousands of boys and girls and promoted the love of baseball all though the Akron area. The Holland Oil Company, which Chuck founded in 1954, continues in his tradition.|
|Holloway||Art||1989||1980||An outstanding left-handed pitcher and first baseman for 12 years, beginning in the A League at age 15 in 1946 with Krispy Kreme where he fashioned a 10-1 record. He then toiled for Champion Borden Autos ('47-'48) before spending two years in the army where he continued to pitch for the Far East Command team and hurled the title game in 1950, winning 2-0, striking out 19 and was named Tournament MVP. After signing with Cincinnati in late '50, was called back into service for the Korean War. In '52 signed with Red Sox and played in the Tri-State League for two years. Art returned to Akron in '54 with Jones Trucking and closed out his career with four years with Zoff's, always hitting around the .350 mark.|
|Hoover||John||1992||1990||An outstanding, power hitting outfielder from the Copley-WABL Youth Leagues and then at Copley High where he earned many honors, including All-State selection in 1966. At Akron U, John was team captain, led the Zips in hitting, homers and RBI's in 1969-70 and was the Zips MVP in 1969. During a 19-year career in AA ball, John played on 10 title teams while with Airmatic Valve (beginning in 1966) and champion Black Labels, Red Pepper, Forest City and Crocker's Restaurant teams. He led the league in RBI's four times, homeruns twice, and won one batting title. He was also player-manager with three teams and played in 15 All-Star games. John continues to be active in Akron baseball as an umpire, and recently as a player in Senior League with the champion Akron Blues who were 20-0 in the 1991 season.|
|Horning||Jerome||1990||1990||A hard-nosed catcher, who was also All-City with North High's State basketball champs in 1935. Jerome also had many championship seasons on the diamond with the American Legion, North High, and Killian Celtics teams, and he played with Charleston and Thomasville in the Mid-Atlantic League before turning to umpiring and refereeing--baseball, basketball and soccer for 42 years on the local scene.|
|Howard||Russ||1995||1990||After an impressive start in the youth leagues where he excelled as a hard hitting first baseman, Russ became Kenmore High's leading hitter for four years. He earned four letters, was All-City three times, MVP and was team captain as a senior at Kenmore. He was a four year starter hitting well over .300. During the summer months he played AA baseball with Azar-Denholm, Nino's, Weather Seal and the Red Peppers. He retired from the AA League in 1982 after stints with Magic City Lanes, Burger King, Pfeifle Funeral Home, Ellet Graphic Arts, Dr. Peppers, Isler Refuse, and Suarez Construction. Russ' illustrious career includes 12 All-Star Team honors, 12 championship teams, leading hitter in the league in various categories on eight separate occasions. He came out of retirement to aid the Akron Blues of the Senior League in their winning ways. Russ is truly one of the area's great baseball players.|
|Howison||Terry||2010||2010||Terry was a versatile player at all positions while he played in the Columbus Area Youth Leagues. He was All Central Buckeye League Champion for Upper Arlington High teams in '63-'64. He was awarded All-MAC infielder at Ohio U in '65-'66. He became "AA" Akron All-Star Performer playing for champion Acme Ash and Akron Insulating Teams. Teams he played on won 5 titles while playing all nine positions and posting a lifetime .345 batting average and making four All-Star teams.|
|Hudson||Don||2010||2010||Don was a strong right-handed hitter, infielder and outfielder, and consistent defensive performer in East Akron Youth Leagues. He was All-City shortstop at East High with the '69 Oriental City Champs. He became even more outstanding in AA play as he hit .450 in his rookie season with Wadsworth AC in 1970. He was an All-Star infielder/outfielder for Akron Dodgers and champion Eaton Sports Pride and Forest City Teams in the '70s '80s.|
|Inglett||Joe||2016||2010||Joe was born on June 29, 1978 and grew up in Sacramento, California. He graduated from Mesa Verde High School in 1996. From there, Joe went to the University of Nevada in Reno from 1997 to 2000. In 2000, he made All-American status and was MVP of the league. Joe was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 8th round of the draft in 2000. In June of 2006, he made his Major League debut with the Indians. Inglett spent the 2007 minor league season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He played 107 games for the Bisons, batting .253 with 4 home runs and 57 RBI. Inglett was designated for assignment on September 6, 2007, to clear room for David Dellucci, who was coming off the 60-day DL. He was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on September 14, 2007, and played in two games before the season ended. In 2008, Inglett was a utility player for the Toronto Blue Jays and played games at every position besides first base and catcher, including pitcher. He also pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers. Inglett was nicknamed Voodoo Joe by former Blue Jays' manager John Gibbons. He has also been nicknamed Mighty Joe by radio announcer Jerry Howarth. The Voodoo Joe nickname came from the fact that twice in the 2008 season, Inglett was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for returning regular players, only to be called back the same day because of new injuries. Both times, Inglett was able to return within a few hours of leaving. On August 21, 2008, Inglett went 4-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and 3 runs scored in a 14-3 pounding over the New York Yankees. During the 2008 season, a string of injuries plagued the Toronto Blue Jays starting lineup, Inglett was used as a utility player as David Eckstein, John McDonald, Scott Rolen and Vernon Wells spent time on the disabled list. He played 66 games at second base, 6 games at third base, 2 games at shortstop and 34 games at the outfield positions. In 2009 spring training, Inglett was expected to play in the majors again but was sent down to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, along with relief pitcher Jeremy Accardo. Later in the season, Inglett was called up from Las Vegas along with Casey Janssen and Ricky Romero. On December 4, 2009, Inglett was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. On January 25, 2010, Inglett was designated for assignment. On January 27, 2010, Inglett was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers. On July 27, 2010, Inglett pitched one inning of relief against the Cincinnati Reds, who were leading 12;4 heading into the 9th inning. Lobbing pitches no faster than 57 mph, he allowed no runs on no hits and no base runners with just six pitches in a 3-up 3-down inning. He was non-tendered a contract at the end of the season and, therefore, became a free agent. He led the league in pinch hits in 2010. On February 18, 2011, Inglett signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal included an invite to spring training. On March 27, 2011, the Houston Astros acquired Inglett from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. He was designated for assignment on April 28, only to have his contract re-purchased on May 8. He was outrighted to the minors again on May 12. He was released on May 27, 2011. Joe's family includes his wife Kelly, daughter Ava, and sons Austin and Hudson. He now owns a training facility in Wadsworth which helps you athletes develop their skills.|
|Jerina||John||1992||1990||A scrappy infielder, primarily at third base. John, although only 5'8", 150 pounds, was a leading hitter on his Barberton High team for all four years, batting out of the "clean-up spot." During and after his prep days, John was tagged as a "tough out" at the plate for the Magics and with Killian Celtics, Farbers, Slovene Center and Barberton All-Star teams. As an 18-year old in 1941 he led the Butler Yankees of the Mid-Atlantic League in hitting and socked out 18 homeruns, 8 triples and 25 doubles. He also played for Danville, KY and Williamson, WVA. John played on three league championship teams and was named to seven All-Star teams during his career. He joins his older brother Tony, a 1989 H.O.F. inductee in the Hall.|
|Jerina||Tony||1989||1980||Played on a number of Barberton area Title teams in his youth where he developed as a strong right-handed pitcher, and because of his natural feel for all parts of the game, was also called on to play any position when his teams needed help somewhere. Was the leading force for the competitive Slovene Centers team that always was a contender in the leagues that it played in.|
|Johnson||Jerry||1983||1980||Long, lean and sizzling was the way the "thinman" Jerry Johnson came at batters for 10 years while pitching for Kent State and in the AA League for such teams as Weather Seal, Flexi-Grip, Wadsworth A.C., Red Pepper and the Akron Insulating teams. The slender right-hander with blazing speed and excellent control was named to the AA League All-Star team on seven occasions. Johnson's super season came in 1970 when he led the Red Peppers to the League crown while winning 12 of 15 games. That performance earned him the coveted Frank Garcia Award. Just as he was reaching his prime, bursitis put an end to his career. He attempted a couple of unsuccessful comebacks in the late 1970's and now maintains his link with baseball as a manager in American Legion play.|
|Johnson||Rick||2000||2000||Played with numerous south Akron and Kenmore youth teams including Red Barn, Akron Credit Union, Kenmore Hawks before playing at Kenmore High ('78 City Champs) and Class D Tallmadge Clark Plumbing state tournament finalists. A strong defensive and hard-hitting catcher/-outfielder, Rick then went to Malone College as a four year letter winner, including a .342 average for the 1981 Pioneers who won the NAIA District Championship. In class AA he played on five title teams during 10 years with C+P Sales and was named to five All Star teams.|
|Joyce||George||1984||1980||He had a long and brilliant career as a power-hitting outfielder and strong-armed, right-handed pitcher on the Akron sandlots. George had his best years from 1929 through 1939 as he played a key part in seven championships. George's vicious hitting and power pitching helped Sacred Heart win the 1929 title. He was with the Akron Guards in '30, returned to Tri-County champ Sacred Heart in '31, then played for St. Martha, the NEO Champs in '32. George was with three Killian Celtics teams that won League titles in between stints with Akron Sporting Goods, Majestic Radios, Koerber Beer and Sunset Park. After the '39 title season with the Celtics, George retired from playing but remained active on the diamond by umpiring for 18 years.|
|Joyce||John||1983||1980||The career of this Hall of Famer blossomed while attending Hower Vocational High School, where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He then followed his brother, Pete, to stardom in local amateur baseball. Joyce, a power hitting catcher who could also handle the duties at first base and in the outfield, was consistently among the leaders in homeruns and RBI's on any level he played. For four seasons he gave pro ball his all, toiling in the St. Louis Cardinal's organization. In 1941, he led the Northeast Arkansas League in home runs, RBI's and slugging percentages. Following a stint in the armed services, Joyce returned home to help lead the Smith Sheriffs to the 1946 A League Championship. He was also an All-Star and helped lead Goodyear and the Borden Autos to League titles later in his career.|
|Joyce||Pete||1986||1980||He was an outstanding outfielder, pitcher, and later a manager on the Akron sandlots for better than 30 years. Strong and demanding, but fair as well to his players in his later years as a manager, Pete was a tough competitor throughout his career. On the mound as a strong-armed pitcher and as a hard-hitting outfielder, Pete displayed outstanding leadership qualities by his actions and winning production. He helped teams such as the Akron Yankee Juniors, Goodrich Local #5, Killian Celtics, and Akron Orphans to numerous City and State championships, highlighted by the NABF National Championship Akron Orphans in 1945. As a manager, Pete led the Smith Sheriffs and Souvenir Beer teams to City and District titles. Pete becomes the third member of his family to be selected to the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame, joining brothers John (1983) and George (1984).|
|Kaczmar||Chris||2016||2010||Chris is a local boy who was born on October 15, 1969. He is a 1988 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School and a 1992 graduate of Miami University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture. Upon graduation, he began working at the family business of Kaczmar Architects Incorporated where he is still employed. In 1999, he earned his license as a State of Ohio Registered Architect (NCARB). Coach Kaczmar returned to his high school alma mater as an assistant baseball coach in the 1995 season and then was named the head coach in 1997. During the past 20 years as head coach, his teams have won 9 conference championships, 17 Sectional titles, 12 District titles, 3 Regional runner-up finishes, 6 Regional titles, 2 State runner-up finishes, and 4 State Championships. His teams have also earned 2 State Poll Championships, 2014 being the latest, as well as 4 State Poll runner-up finishes. Over those 20 years as head coach, the Warriors have a 490-94 record. During his tenure at WJ, 102 players have advanced to play collegiate baseball, including twenty-six All-Ohio players, four (4) Ohio Players of the Year, and six players have been drafted in the MLB June draft. He and his wife of nineteen years Bethany have four children: Emma (17), Stanley (15), Henry (13) and Lucille (11). Some of his awards include: 1999 ABCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year , 1999 National High School Coach of the Year Finalist, 2001 Cleveland Plain Dealer Medina - Summit ; Portage Coach of the Year, 2001 Cleveland Plain Dealer Seven County Coach of the Year, 2004 Cleveland Plain Dealer Medina - Summit ; Portage Coach of the Year, 2004 NHSBCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year, 2004 National High School Coach of the Year Finalist, 2005 Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Coach of the Year, 2005 Record Publishing Coach of the Year, 2006 Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Coach of the Year, 2006 ABCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year, 2006 National High School Coach of the Year Finalist, 2007 Ohio Division II Coach of the Year, 2008 Record Publishing Coach of the Year, 2009 ABCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year, 2009 National High School Coach of the Year Finalist, 2010 Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Coach of the Year, 2010 NEOBCA Hall of Fame inductee, 2011 Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Coach of the Year, 2011 National Easton Sports Master Coach Award winner, 2011 NFHS Ohio Coach of the Year and Section 2/National Coach of the Year candidate, 2014 North Coast League Coach of the Year, 2015 North Coast League Coach of the Year, 2015 OHSBCA Hall of Fame inductee, 2016 Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.|
|Kaczmar||Scott||2004||2000||A rocket-hitting and slick-fielding outfielder, Scott set many offensive records at Walsh High school and Ohio State University. At Walsh, where he earned All-District and All-Ohio honors, he still holds the career home run record and is in the top ten in career hits, triples, RBI and batting average. For the Buckeyes, Scott was a 5-time scholar athlete, 4-year letterman, part of 5 consecutive Big Ten title teams. Scott wasfirst team All-Regional in 1994, is second all-time career home runs, was Buckeye 1995 team captain, All Big Ten, Co-MVP Big Ten Playoffs. In AA play, Scott was a leading hitter, RBI and home run league leader and 5-time All-Star for Wadsworth. He also had2-year stints in the Frontier League and Texas-Louisiana League.|
|Kalapodis||Bill||1991||1990||Had an excellent career as an umpire on the local sandlots and collegiate level from 1956 through 1984. Began umpiring in the youth city and Cuyahoga Falls leagues in '56; began working the high schools in 1960 and moved into the college and AA ranks in 1963. Bill's ability to control the game is legendary, yet he firmly believed the game was for the players and he got great satisfaction out of doing his chosen work.|
|Keller||Harry||1990||1990||Made his mark early as a pitcher and then later as a third baseman/outfielder after pitching National A.C. to Y-League titles in '41-42. From there he hurled for the Kenmore American Legion and led Kenmore High in becoming the first Akron area team to qualify for the State Finals in 1945. Later that summer, pitching for the Kenmore Taverns at age 17, he was drafted by the Akron Orphans and won a game in the NABF Finals--the youngest pitcher to do so. After a stint with the Army, he played for Army-Navy 268, Orphans, Zanesville, Macrae Finishing, Souvenir Beer, Old Dutch, Howe Construction and Portage County, making five All-Star teams.|
|Kelley||Howard||2003||2000||Crafty left-handed pitcher who grew up playing on East side youth teams, YMCA and GABF Leagues. While at East High 1949-53 he also played for American Legion Post 209 teams. At East he was All-City in '52. In 1951 he helped Post 209 win the Ohio Hot Stove title, pitching a no-hitter against top-seeded Elyria along the way. Pitched two years at Akron U, helping the Zips win the Ohio Conference in 1954. Pitched for Old Dutch Beer, Howe Construction, Krispy Kreme teams in "AA" play. In 1953 he set the strike-out record at 18 for a 9 inning game (since broken) and also a two consecutive game record for K's of 32.|
|Kerestly||Dave||1998||1990||A New Castle, PA native, where he played for champion little league, pony, colt, legion, and high school teams as an outstanding centerfielder and righthanded pitcher. He lettered four years at Grove City college, where he was team captain, Tri-State MVP and All-Star 1970-73. Dave moved to Cuyahoga Falls in 1969 and began a 25-year career in the AA league with the Akron Dodgers. He played for Nino's Lounge, Pfiefle Undertakers, Champion Eaton Sports Pride, Forest City, and CP Sales teams while being named the Frank Garcia MVP in 1974 and to 12 Akron-Canton All-Star teams. A strong-armed outfielder who always hit .326 plus, Dave was also a top RBI leader with power and also had a winning record while pitching on all levels in his career as a spot starter and reliever.|
|Ketchum||Charlie||1995||1990||In the annals of Akron's baseball history only the legendary feats of Charlie Ketchum were able to capture the area's imagination to the extent they did. His no-hitters, while a member of the General Tire Industrial League Team, were the center of our sports enthusiasm. Our local papers were full of his exploits. Major League scouts attended many of the General Tire games. Richard McBane, Akron Beacon Journal staff writer, detailed his accomplishments with a feature article titled "Eight Days of Glory." During eight days in August 1926, Ketchum pitched a no-hitter against New Castle of the Ohio-Penn League. Three days later, he hurled a one-hitter against Youngstown of the Ohio-Penn League. He reached the pinnacle of his career three days later by no-hitting the then "World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates" in a Sunday exhibition game. He played professionally four years with Columbus of the American Association, Akron Tyrites (Central League), Buffalo Newark (International League), and Birmingham (Southern League). He then opted to play with General Tire rather than spend time in the Minor League at much less money than at a regular, year-round position at General Tire. In addition to his prowess as a pitcher, he was a gifted golfer, winning the Summit County Golf Championship in 1926. He served as pro for several area public courses and one in Toledo, Ohio. Charlie Ketchum died in 1944 at age 48. But history will record his accomplishments as one of our area's greatest ever.|
|Killian||Frank||1998||1990||The most feared team in the Akron A League was put together by Frank Killian as he secured a young Joe Winkler as manager and recruited the finest talent in the area to win and dominate in two different leagues in the 1930's. Not only did the Killian Celtics play in two leagues, they also "barnstormed" the Tri-State area playing various tournaments and exhibitions with the generosity supplied by Frank. An outstanding and shrewd businessman, he built his own ball park in Doylestown and later donated the land to the city before his untimely death at the tender age of 37 in 1947. The young Winkler who brought in the youth players of the 30's under the Killian Celtics banner numerous titles in the '40's.|
|King||Charley||1987||1980||Was a powerful, long-range hitting outfielder out of the North Akron Youth Leagues, and North High School, who played on three championship AA teams, and had a stint with the St. Louis Browns farm system for three years. After leading the North Akron Polar Bears and North Akron Y teams to youth league titles, and an outstanding career at North High, Charley moved into the AA League with Simpson's Market in 1939, and played for the champion Goodrich Local #5 teams in 1940-41. After a stint with Fort Hays, Columbus and Truax Air Force, Madison, Wisconsin teams, during his time in the service, Charley returned with the champion Borden Autos and Moore's Wrestlers, before playing three years in the Tri-State and Western leagues with the Browns farm teams. Charley closed out his brilliant career with Goodyear Tire in 1949.|
|King||Dexter||2007||2000||The 6-3, 200-pounder has played and coached baseball in the greater Akron area for more than 30 years. While growing up in the hot bed of Tallmadge baseball, Dexter learned to handle all nine positions on the diamond, with third base probably being his best position. A strong hitter, Dexter was always on the top of the stats in all offensive categories. He helped many youth teams ; Ellet Yankees, Goodyear Heights Wildcats-Orientals, Tallmadge Devils, Lockhart Construction and Tallmadge to many championships. In AA ball, he was an All-Star for Airmatic Valve, Eaton Sports Pride, Pfeifle Funeral Home and Bolin Oil teams.|
|Koenig||Scott||2015||2010||Scott Koenig showed early promise as a baseball player as a 12-year-old second baseman when he played a key role on a Nordonia Hills Athletics Association team that was undefeated when it qualified for the Pee Wee Reese World Series regional tournament. The team lost its first game at that level, but Koenig was hooked on the game of baseball and has been a highly successful player, manager, instructor and administrator at various levels in the area for the past four decades. Koenig played center field Nordonia High School until graduating in 1979. Koenig then coached at Firestone High School as an assistant under Brad Lightfoot from 2002-2007. He became the head coach at Archbishop Hoban in 2008 before returning to his alma mater as head coach the following season. Koenig guided the Knights to an undefeated Northeast Ohio Lake Conference record and trip to the district tournament in 2011. He has compiled an 81-69 record as a head coach in high school baseball. Koenig, who is a hitting and pitching instructor at Play Ball Academy in Stow and is on the academy's board, participates in an international youth organization Meeting God in Baseball that goes on annual mission trips associated with baseball in the Dominican Republic. The coaches and players teach children from rural villages and jungles the joy of baseball and God. All the time, Koenig has remained active as a player in the summer. He joined the NEO Roy Hobbs League in 1991 and has been participating as both a player and manager for the past 24 years in both the open and veterans divisions. He has achieved a great level of success in senior baseball. As a playing manager, he led the 1988 Mullinax Braves to a league title and repeated the feat in 2003 and 2004 playing and managing the Akron Braves. Koenig then joined a newly formed team as a player with the Akron Colonels in the wooden bat open division. The Colonels compiled a 35-1 record over a two-year span, winning titles in 2005 and 2006. Koenig, an annual all-star selection, has been with the Kenmore Orioles since 2009, playing on championship teams in 2009, 2010 and 2014. He is a consistent .400 hitter and steals more than 20 bases a season. He has developed a reputation as an outstanding center fielder with a strong arm.|
|Koneff||John||1987||1980||Picked up the game of baseball in his home state of Illinois as a youth, before moving to Akron at age 14. After a couple of years in the youth leagues here, John became a "valuable" addition to the outstanding Sacred Heart and Atlantic Foundry teams during the 1930's. A strong right-handed pitcher with a tremendous "drop ball," John led the Heart and Foundry teams to five straight City titles and two State titles. In 1935 and 1936 he was named the City League's MVP Pitcher, and in the 1936 National Tournament in Wichita, Kansas, he was honored as the tourney's MVP. John finished his career by giving the pro circuit a crack...joining the Tigers organization and playing for Charleston; Gadsden, Alabama; and ended his pitching days with Knoxville in the Southern League.|
|Kormushoff||Dan||1999||1990||Deceased||An outstanding hitter and fine fielding shortstop from the west side who was an W.A.B.L. All-Star early in his career that continued at Firestone High where he made All-City in 1976. From the preps, Dan moved on to Akron U (1977-81) where he led the Zips on offense while serving as team captain, '80-81, and Zip "MVP" '80-81. Always a consistent .300 plus hitter and RBI, and homerun leader, he moved into AA ball while with the Zips. Dan played and was a leader for Hudson Mohawk Chiefs, Humiston Appliance, Champion Akron Insulating, Oakwood Bar, Genesee Beer, and Champion Wadsworth Cinema teams while making four All-Star teams.|
|Kousagan||Pete||1990||1990||A powerful, hard-hitting outfielder who had All-Star years with the Post# 209 and Krispy Kreme championship teams, and also pounded the ball for the Riggs-Lamar and Zoff Heating teams. Besides that, Pete had solid years with the Butler Yankees (Penn-Ohio), Fostoria (Ohio State League), and other pro teams including Grand Rapids, Terre Haute, Nashua Dodgers, Newport News, Forth Worth, Bakersfield, Duluth and Pueblo, Colorado teams.|
|Kovac||Frank||1985||1980||After an outstanding youth career, Kovac established himself as an All-Star shortstop in the old Akron A League from 1925-42. An East High grad, Frank began his A career with the champion St. Martha team and champion Sacred Heart team. He then gave pro ball a try with a stint in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in Hot Springs, Arkansas under manager Roger Hornsby in 1933-34. Frank returned home to help the Killian Celtics win a couple of championships and the Goodrich Local #5 teams capture championships. A premier fielder, Frank was named to 11 All-Star teams and had a career batting average of .322.|
|Kovach||Ty||2013||2010||Star pitcher for the St. Vincent-St. Mary's 1986 State Champions. Earned All-State honors in 1987. Never lost a game in H.S. Fifth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 1988. Started the 1990 Carolina League All-Star Game. Pitched six seasons in the Indians organization (including Canton-Akron).|
|Krownapple||Joe||1993||1990||A lefthanded pitcher "phenom" out of Hower Vocational School, where he once struck out 5 batters in one inning, due to a couple passed balls. Joe went on to pitch for the Yankee Jrs. and Goodrich Local #5 before going to the Army. He played and managed the 37th Ord. Co. team in Australia, New Guinea and the South Pacific area for 2 years. He returned to Akron to play with Moore Wrestlers in the Akron AA League. In addition to being a fine pitcher, Joe was no slouch at the plate and carried a high batting average and drove in his share of runs. Joe had pro tryout trials with the St. Louis Cardinal Minor League (Springfield, OH team) and was sent to Albany, GA. An injury to his arm ended his pro career. He continued playing AA League baseball and was on 4 championship clubs, as well as being on 3 All-Star teams.|
|Kura||Mike||1990||1990||During the time Mike was in charge and for almost 30 years, youth baseball flourished in the Firestone Park area and was the standard bearer for all groups in the city, under his leadership as field manager or general manager of 18 youth teams. Not only were his teams successful in the area, but they became State powers as well from the class H thru the class D level. Mike spent countless hours promoting and building the competition and the growth of the Greater Akron Baseball Federation and AABC Leagues in our area. Two of his most successful title teams were Lockhart Construction and the Firestone Park Kiwanis, both teams winning numerous District and State titles and becoming National finalists.|
|Kusnyer sr||Ernie||1991||1990||Ernie is being inducted into this Hall of Fame as a manager of several championship teams through all levels of Akron area baseball. He learned the ropes as a player at South High in 1936 '37, being All-City in '37. Played with Simpson Marked before a 6-year stint in the Marine Corp. where he played and managed the Quantico Base team. On returning home he managed and coached several W.A.B.L. teams, helping develop many of the AA stars. His success as a talent developer can be attested to by his sons, one of whom is still in the big league. Art is now bullpen coach of the Oakland A's and spent eight years as the Chicago White Sox catcher.|
|Kusnyer||Art||1986||1980||He made himself known early on in the Akron Sandlots as an outstanding hitter and catcher in the youth leagues that carried on through high school, college, and the pro ranks. Art was the main man of several WABL championship teams, the Champion Akron Blues, Class D Champion Triner Sports, and at Buchtel High. Art wielded a strong bat while averaging a .400-plus average most of his amateur career. As a receiver, Art excelled in defense and possessed a radar arm that baserunners eventually did not dare run on. Art made a solid impact at Kent State U and in the AA League with Tiny's Orphans, Triner Sports, Joe's All-Stars and the 1966 champion, Airmatic Valve. In 1965 he was the League's prestigious Frank Garcia Outstanding Player Award recipient. An All-Star performer each year of his amateur career, Art moved into pro ball and got his best shot with the California Angels during which time he was on the receiving end of a Nolan Ryan no-hitter. Art also played for Kansas City, Milwaukee and the White Sox, where he is currently the bullpen coach.|
|Lamb||George||1999||1990||His 30-year career began in 1956 in the Uniontown Little League, and then with Greentown American Legion Post 436 and Schnelling Class D teams. He continued as an outstanding infielder at Springfield High 1963-65 and was the Spartans MVP in '65. George advanced to A ball in the Portage County League before handling primarily the shortstop spot for AA teams: Nino's Lounge, Magic City Lanes, Acme Ash, Akron Insulating, Forest City, Oakwood Bar, Genessee Beer, Atlanta Georgia AAA City and District Champs ('73-74). An outstanding hitter and fielder, George played on five Akron AA championship teams and was named to two All-Star teams.|
|Lang||Paul||1985||1980||A 6'4", 220-pound center fielder with a strong and accurate arm, Paul was a North High grad who made an instant impact when he moved from youth baseball into the A League. He played two years with Tiny's Orphans and three years in the St. Louis Browns minor league system before being inducted into the service. Afterwards, he spent two years in California semi-pro ball. Paul returned home to play with the Orphans, champions Canton Road Furniture in 1951, and closed out his brilliant career with the champion Borden Autos. Paul passed away in November of 1983.|
|Lantz||Tom||2007||2000||One of the best ever left handed pitchers and hitters to come out of the east side of Akron, Tom began his career with the Goodyear Heights Pirates in 1962 then with the Braves and Lyles Chevy before becoming an All-City, All-District and All-State performer at East High School. As a junior, he was 8-2 with a 1.45 ERA and two No-Hitters. As a senior, he pitched two more No-Hitters with a 10-2 record, 155 strikeouts in 70 innings and allowed only 1 earned run while hitting .463. Drafted in June 1970 in the 3rd round by Detroit and signed by Hall of Famer Denny Galehouse, Tom spent 5 years in the Tiger farm system, was called up with roommate Mark The Bird Fydrich, but an arm injury ended his career. He then spent 18 years managing and coaching successful Champion Manchester A's, Akron A's and Goodyear Heights teams.|
|Lattimore||Ralph||2002||2000||After youth baseball in Marion, Ohio, he started his pro career as a shortstop with Dallas Texas in 1907 and became manager as well in '09. Then came stops at East Liverpool (Ohio Penn), Columbus (Amer. Assoc. second base), Akron (Central League), Cleveland (Federal League with Cy Young), Nashville, Newport, KY, Grand Rapids, Topeka (Western League hitting .289, .248, .300). Back in Akron in 1916 he bacame a well-known player, organizer and promoter of amateur and semi-pro baseball. He put together a team called Akron Numatics that was later called Akron Gaylords to keep semi-pro action alive in Akron after Judge Mountain Keneshaw ruled that Akron's International League Team would be awarded to Newark, N.J. Because of his baseball ventures, the field now known as Summit Lake was named Lattimore Field before becoming Orphans Field. With the exception of Akron's Greates Hall of Famer, George Sisler, Ralph was the best known and most popular of Akron-area players in the first quarter of the 20th century. He passed away at the young age of 47 in 1931.|
|Lazor||Joe||2016||2010||Joe was born April 5, 1965 in Parma, Ohio and moved to Medina at the age of 12. He played baseball locally in Medina and then Wadsworth American Legion. He went to Medina High School where he played baseball and basketball. Joe was captain on the 1983 Medina HS basketball team that went to the State Final Four. Also in that year, he was selected as the SWC MVP and made All-State in baseball. Joe attended Mount Vernon Nazarene College and was awarded the League and Region MVP in his junior year of college (1986), he made MVP. Coming off that recognition, in 1986 he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 5th round. That year he was named to the Billings Rookie Ball All-Star team. In 1986, while playing in the Chattanooga AA league for the Chattanooga Lookouts, he was selected for the All-Star team. He finished up his 5-year pro career as a left handed pitcher with the Nashville Sounds AAA team and was selected to play in two All-Star games. Joe's career stats include a 35-30 record with a 3.42 ERA in 589 innings. He had 545 strikeouts and gave up 471 hits. Joe reluctantly retired in 1991 after 2 elbow surgeries. Joe has also coached at many different levels of baseball over the years. Currently enjoy coaching my son his peers helping kids learn at our IVL baseball facility. He is also in the Medina High School, Medina County, and Mt Vernon Nazarene College Hall of Fames.|
|Leafgren||Roy||1993||1990||An All-City catcher from the "East High School Baseball Factory", Roy helped many teams to win championships with his steady handling of pitchers and timely hitting. Among those teams were the Post #209, Smith Sheriffs, and the Krispy Kreme baseball teams. His catching ability got the St. Louis Browns interested, and they signed him to Wausau in the Wisconsin State League. Then they assigned him to Pittsburgh, KS (of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League. He made the All-Star teams in both leagues. The Korean War interrupted his baseball career for a couple of years. He returned from the service to play with Wichita, KS in the Western League, and then with Aberdeen, SD in the Northern League. He finished his baseball career with San Antonio in the Texas League.|
|Lees||Jim||1995||1990||Before beginning his career as an umpire, Jim coached baseball in the CYO and high school circles for 10 years, winning six championships. Then for the next 25 years he umpired baseball at all the levels of the game - all Greater Akron Baseball Leagues, the Mid American College Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Mid Ohio and the Ohio Conference. He was assigned to all championship games. He was a much sought after official for the Akron area play-off games. His knowledge of the rules made him a valuable asset for rules interpretation meetings. He served as business manager of the Umpires Association, responsible for the assignment of officials for many years.|
|Leidig||Dick||2003||2000||Began organizing baseball teams in 1942 when he put together the East Akron Merchants. In 1948 and through 1960, Dick managed the powerful American Legion Post 209 teams to a 346-91 record, winning Hot Stove state titles "D" 1951-53 and AABC state "D" champs in 1960. Also had a "C" Hot Stove state title in 1953. He also spent many years as President of the Ohio Hot Stove, GABF and Summit Umpires groups. Received Touchdown Club Achievement Award '63; Summit County Hall of Fame Palich Award '99; OHSAA HOF 2000, Summit Umpires HOF in 2002.|
|Lepley||Emmett||2004||2000||A strong right-handed pitcher-first baseman, Emmett pitched 6 no-hitters during his playing career at Clinton High School, American Legion, Canton Road Furniture, Hoover Sweepers, Zoff Heating, Old Dutch Beer and Barberton Merchants teams in the 1940s thru the early '60s. Emmett also played for the U S Armed Forces in the Boston Park League in Revere, Mass., where he pitched 1 of his no-hitters; another came for the Furnitures team during a NEO A League title season. Emmett played a lot of first base when not pitching and proved his hitting ability with a .301 lifetime average. He played for the Warwick Clinton Merchants in the A League at age 14.|
|Lepley||Paul||2004||2000||Paul began his youth career as a slick-fielding shortstop at Clinton High, where he won Summit County Player of the Year Award in his senior season. He developed into an outstanding outfielder while with Coventry American Legion, Doylestown Legion, Clinton Merchants, Canton Road Furniture. While playing at the University of Michigan, Paul was an All-Big Ten honoree during his 3 years there, helping the Wolverines win the NCAA National Title in 1953. In '53, he was 3rd team All-American, led the Big Ten in RBI and was third in hitting. He spent four years in the Detroit minor league system before turning to coaching. He coached at Juanita Miffentown, Pennsylvania, for 5 years and another 6 years at Castleton State College in Vermont where his squad won the New England College Championship in 1964. He was Dean at Northeastern Univeristy for 25 years and now is a volunteer coach in the Northeastern area.|
|Letta||Sam||2010||2010||Deceased||Sam had tremendous influence molding young players into champion style team players on many of Akron's greatest youth teams, including Ott Construction E Team Hot Stove League District, State and National Champs in 1971. Other title teams were: 1968 Lyle City Chevy, '70-'72-'73 Ott Construction, '87-'88-'89 Ellet A's Redsox. Sam was also Assistant Coach for champion East High teams in 1973, 1974, and 1975.|
|Liptak||Andy||1998||1990||Had a tremendous youth career beginning in the Firestone Park little league and then with Akron Mohawks (G) State champs '50; '51 state champs) pitched and won all four State final games); Akron Yankee Jrs. G state champs '53; Akron Yankee Srs. State runnerup '54-55 and Annunciation summer league champs '55. Was a three-year letterman at Garfield High, led Presidents to '54 co-title and '55 title. At Akron U, coach Russ Beichly said Andy and Dave Young were the best righty-lefty combo in Zip history. Was 4-0, 2.52 ERA in '57 and 5-2, 0.79 ERA in '58. In AA action, Andy hurled for Akron Merchants, champion Krispy Kreme, Zoff's Heating and champion Black Label and made two All-Star teams. Played one year for Pirates class D, Salem, VA Appalachian League team, 6-3, 3.60 ERA and beat league champion, Johnston Phillies, four times before beginning a 22-year career in the Air Force where the talented righthander finished his career on the mound.|
|Locascio||Larry||2002||2000||Learned to play all positions on the sandlots of North Akron and developed into an outstanding catcher, pitcher, and infielder while making All-City at North High. He became an All-Star receiver with Acme Ash and Akron Insulating in AA play and an All-American and pro prospect at St. Xavier Chicago where he was NAIA-CCAC All-Conference three times while hitting .351, .310, and .338. Larry played three years with Batavia and Waterloo in the Indians Minor League system. He closed his career playing World Class Fastpitch in Pueblo, Colorado and Louisville, Kentucky, and back in Akron in the Roy Hobbs Baseball League. The number three hole was made for a hitter like Larry, as he became known for his versatility by playing wherever his team needed help, clutch hitting, consistent high average and a difficult batter to strike out.|
|Locascio||Phil||2013||2010||A Cuyahoga Falls youth league product. Outstanding second baseman and hitter, he went on to be a four-year letter winner at Hoban H.S. Named to the ABJ H.S. All-Star Team in 1996-97. Played on Kent State MAC championship teams in 2000 -01-03. Earned Second Team All-MAC honors in 2001. Named KSU Co-captain in 2002 and won the '02 Thurman Munson Award for Highest Batting Average (.372). Went on to play six seasons professionally in Italy and currently plays in the NEO Roy Hobbs Senior Baseball League.|
|Lockhart||Bob||2003||2000||An outstanding sponsor of highly competitive youth teams throughout the Akron area, especially in the Firestone Park area under the "Lockhart Construction" banner. His Lockhart Construction was also instrumental in building Lockhart Field in 1965 and Crown Field in 1982, both in Manchester, at no cost to the youth groups involved as he provided all large equipment: road graders, backhoes, grass seeders, bulldozers and straw machines to complete these outstanding facilities.|
|Lombardi||Dick||1982||1980||Deceased||His AA League career spanned 29 years - first as a player, then as a sponsor and an administrator. While a student at old St. Mary's High School, Lombardi began playing for Tiny's Orphans. That experience was followed by seasons with Souvenir Beer, Borden Autos and Akron U, before signing a pro contract with the Chicago White Sox organization. He had a number of good seasons at Waterloo, Iowa and Duluth (MN), leading the Northern League with a .337 average and 31 homeruns in 1956. He returned to Akron to become one of the most feared batters in the Black Label dynasty, which swept eight titles in nine seasons in the 1960's. Lombardi was a League All-Star each one of those nine seasons. In 1962 he blasted seven homeruns in the Stan Musial State Tournament. In the early 1970's he was player, manager and/or sponsor of six Akron Insulating championship teams through 1980, during which time he also served as the AA president for two years.|
|Lombardi||Don||1983||1980||A small guy in size only, Lombardi came up with the big plays and big hits for better than 15 years on the Akron sandlots. Emulating his brother, Dick, a charter member in the Hall of Fame, the talented, durable and spirited Lombardi began his AA career with Chester's Diner. Seasons with Krispy Kreme and Zoff Heating followed, before joining the Black Label squad that dominated the League throughout the 1960's. As a catcher, he handled pitchers with remarkable efficiency. Lombardi was named to the All-Star Team 12 consecutive years. That career was highlighted in 1960 when he batted .428 and earned the Frank Garcia Award. During his AA years he never hit under .300 and he never missed a regular season game on any level in his entire baseball career.|
|Lui||Dick||1987||1980||Was one of the best clutch hitters ever in the AA League. A native of Hawaii, and a Purdue graduate, Dick came to Akron in 1966 to work at Goodyear and was recruited by Joe Winkler for the champion Tramonte Black Labels. An All-Big Ten third baseman, Lui continued as a "vacuum sweeper" at the hot corner during his AA career and became a dangerous clutch hitter for the Labels, and later with the champion Akron Insulating team. Nicknamed "The Pineapple," Lui shared the 1968 Frank Garcia Award with pitcher Jim Olson. Dick was named to six All-Star teams. A job call to California took Dick away from Akron in 1978. Sadly, he passed away in 1983 at the tender age of 43.|
|Lytle||Jack||1989||1980||Played on a number of top GABF teams including National A.C., East Akron Eagles, Nashm Jr. Optimists, and Post 209. At Central High was a three year starting right-hander (All-City 1949). Hurled A ball for Kalmer Dance Studio, Howe Construction, Zoffs, and Black Labels, making the 1952 All-Star team with Kalmers. Spent 1953-56 in Giants organization (1954 Kitty League, Mayfield, KY.) Pitched 224 innings and won 10 games. Spent latter part of '56 through '58 with U.S. Marines and pitched a one-hitter in the '57 Military Tournament. Closed out his career with Labels 1959-61.|
|Marchand||Russ||1993||1990||He came out of Central High School where he was All-City pitcher in 1958 and an All-City 2nd baseman in 1959. He joined (1986) Hall of Famer Paul Rifes Post #209 team where he was instrumental in helping Paul's teams win 4 League titles and 3 Legion Tournament championships. He moved on to the Black Labels and played with those championship teams that represented Akron at the Battle Creek tournaments. He signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and played with Altoona, PA in the Penn State League. An injury curtailed his baseball pro career. Russ turned his talents to coaching in the North Hill Youth Leagues. He served as the Commissioner of North Akron Baseball for a good many years.|
|Marshall||Dave||2010||2010||Deceased||One of the best ever High School coaches for baseball and black football in Summit County. Dave developed tough champion style baseball teams at East High School in the 1960s and 1970's and at Firestone High in the 1970s. He was a genuine leader and helped area athletes in either baseball or football to prepare for success in the college ranks.|
|Massarelli||John||2010||2010||John was a hard hitting team leader in Canton-Massillon Youth Leagues as a catcher. He was also selected All-Ohio in 1982-83 at Canton Central Catholic High School. He was ALL MVC and MVP at Akron University. John was also the leading hitter for the Zips with a batting average of .357 in 1987. He was the MVP for the 1998 Canton Stallions AABC National Champions. Spending some time in the Minors, he played for the Astros from 1987-2009, and then Marlins, Indians, and Padres. He was the Manager for the Midwest Frontier-Carolina Leagues and was selected as an All-Star Manager 2002-04 and then Manager of the Year from 2004 to 2006. John is currently the Manager of the Indians, Avon Team.|
|Matthews||Carlos||1996||1990||Carlos joins his brother Pete as the eleventh set of brother inductees. Most of their playing days were spent as teammates, so it is only fitting they be united in the Hall of Fame. Carlos was the second base half of a double play combination that helped the Krispy Kremes, Canton Road Furniture, and the Redl Golf teams to several AA Championships. In addition to those teams Carlos played for Springfield High School, Lakemore Night Club, Krumroy Markets, J.Q.U.A.M. and Wadsworth Merchants. A service stint in the U.S. Air Force enabled him to play for the base team in Charleston, S.C. When he was shipped overseas he made the Wake Island Base team that played other service teams on the Pacific rim. His smooth fielding and timely hitting gained him All-Star status on two occasions.|
|Mcclure||Keith||1992||1990||He began his career in 1927 with the National A.C. as a hard-hitting third baseman and then with the Taylor Swing Motors 1930-31, McClure Grocers 1933-34, Tallmadge 1935-36 (Suburban League Champs in 1935), Wormser Hats 1937, O'Neil's 1938 A Champs and closed out his playing days with Simpson Markets. Keith continually maintained a .300 batting average on all the teams he played on. Keith stayed close to baseball as a behind the scenes booster and joined the G.A.B.H.O.F. in 1986. He received the George Popp Service Award in 1989 for outstanding work contributed during that year to the Hall of Fame and continues to lend a hard working hand to the group.|
|Mccray||Jim||2003||2000||An outstanding umpire for many years on the area sandlots. Jim founded the Greater Akron Umpires Association in the '50's which successfully hosted many baseball tournaments and helped a newly formed Inter-City Class A League establish itself as a highly competitive organization. In his younger days, Jim played first base for a number of area teams.|
|Mcmullen||Mike||2004||2000||Mike was an outstanding left-handed pitcher starting in Medina youth leagues, for Legion teams and at Medina High school where he was the Bees Most Valuable Player in 1967. Mike then had an outstanding career at Ashland College and played AA All-Star baseball with Barberton Weather-Seal, Wadsworth and Medina Merchants teams, which he also formed and managed. Mike has been a successful baseball coach at Medina High for 18 years including Coach of the Year honors in 1993 and 2003. Mike helped form and coach several great Medina Class F and Class E teams. Whenever his teams in AA did not make the tournament action he always selected by another league team because of his pitching strength.|
|Merritt||Bob||2017||2010||The veteran coach is already accustomed to being inducted into halls of fame. Merritt became a charter member of the Northeast Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 and was welcomed into the Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013. His first head coaching job was at Crestwood High School in 1979. While there, he helped organize the Summit County-Portage County All-Star Game and the Portage County All-Star Series. Merritt was selected Portage County Coach of the Year five times, and he compiled more than 400 wins before taking a job as pitching coach at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Merritt's hometown. Merritt kept winning. In addition to amassing more than 100 victories in four seasons, the Yellow Jackets earned a trip to the 2014 Division III College World Series. For the past three years, Merritt has been pitching coach for Cuyahoga Community College. Merritt's son Brett coaches baseball at Eastern New Mexico University.|
|Michael||Gene||1993||1990||Another East High School and Kent State University product who made it big. He was a talented basketball player as well as an outstanding shortstop. He played in the Akron AA League with Borden Autos, Howe Construction, Old Dutch Beers and Krispy Kreme teams. In 1959 he began his professional career, arriving in the major leagues in 1966 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Thus began 10 years in the majors in which he played with the Los Angeles Dodgers, seven years with the New York Yankees (1968-74) and the Detroit Tigers. For five years he was the regular shortstop for the Yankees, winning Sporting News "Golden Glove Award" in 1971. Became a coach with the Yankees in 1976. Then Manager of International League pennant winner Columbus Clippers in 1979. This achievement got him the managerial position with the New York Yankees, and later on, the Chicago Cubs manager's job. He currently is Vice-President and General Manager of the New York Yankees.|
|Miletich||John||1986||1980||His generosity helped put many a young baseball player in uniform on the Akron area sandlots. A top-flight sponsor of baseball teams on all levels in the area. John's most prominent teams were his tough Norka Plating squads of the Akron AA League in the 1940's.|
|Miller||Lloyd||1992||1990||When they speak of athletes of the Kenmore area, Lloyd's name is mentioned right after Howard Harpster and Cliff Battles. He excelled in all sports, but baseball was his love and he displayed it with his enthusiasm for the game. A strong righthandedpitcher and a career .300 hitting outfielder, Lloyd was All-City at Kenmore High in 1938-39. He was usually among the pitching wins leaders for Goodrich, Kenmore Tavern, Farbers, Army-Navy #268, Smith Sheriffs and Kenmore Blues teams during the forties. Lloyd was named to seven All-Star teams and played on ten title teams, had five no-hitters and was drafted twice by Borden Autos and by Smith Sheriffs to pitch in national tournaments. Following his active playing days he helped organize Little League Baseball in the Kenmore area, serving as coach, manager, president and commissioner for several years. Lloyd passed away January 28, 1992.|
|Miller||Don||1997||1990||Don began playing baseball for 1992 Hall of Famer Phil Dienoff's Howe School sandlot team. From there to South High, where he earned three letters playing second base for the varsity team. Upon graduation, he enrolled at The University of Akron, but after a year enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and played on the base team while being trained as a bombardier at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After the war, he returned to The University of Akron and sharpened his shortstopping skills under the tutelage of Frank Garcia (who at the time was serving as U of A baseball coach). He was a member of the same team as Hall of Famers Joe Staudt, George Ostrander, and Sam Filer. After college he signed a pro contract with the New Castle Chiefs, a Cleveland Indians affiliate in the Penn State League. Deciding that pro ball was not for him, Don returned to Akron, entered law school and played AA baseball with Hoe Winkler's Civitan Club, Souvenir Beers, Norka Plating and Ravenna Chevrolet. During his 9 years in the AA League, Don was a member of five championship teams, and was an All-Star selection twice.|
|Miller||Jack||1992||1990||Jack may be the only sandlot manager in Akron Amateur Baseball history to manage State championship teams in three age divisions. As a player himself, Jack was an average infielder at Copley and Buchtel High Schools and turned to managing in 1956. He had winning teams on all three levels, the first big one with 1958 State Class D champ Post #209. He moved into AA ball with Akron Merchants, then with the powerful Black Labels including the 1967 AABC State Championship. He also handled AA champ Wayne Knolls Farm in 1969-70 and led Barberton Weather-Seal to NABF Tournament action in Buffalo, NY and Nashville, TN, in 1971-72. He closed with WABL Class F teams and got his third State title in AABC play in 1974.|
|Miller||Jim||1995||1990||Jim pitched three years for Field High School before becoming one of the nation's outstanding college pitchers at West Virginia University. During the summers of his high school days, he pitched for Brimfield in the Portage County League and then with the Black Labels in Akron. He put the knowledge and experience gained with the Labels to good use at West Virginia University where he was recognized in the nation's top 20 pitchers. During the 1966 and 1967 season he had a combined record of 45 and 16 with a 2.31 ERA. Returning to Akron he pitched for Ninos, Dairy Queen, Pfeifle Funeral Home, Erhart, and the Black Labels. He moved to Canton, playing in the Canton AA League with such success, that in 1992 he was inducted into the "Greater Stark County Baseball Hall of Fame." Throughout his baseball playing days, he led the league in innings pitched several times and had the league's lowest ERA on three occasions, plus the most wins. He was a member of 10 All-Star Teams and played on 11 championship teams.|
|Millhoff||Ed||1986||1980||Ed proved throughout his career that he could handle a position where and when needed, be it as catcher, in the infield, or at any of the outfield spots. Although not hitting for the extreme high averages, Ed contributed in the clutch at a steady .280-.300 clip during his career. From his youth days in Firestone Park and a championship high school season in 1946 for Garfield High, Ed served in the U.S. Navy for two years and had the opportunity to play with the Bainbridge, Maryland East Coast Championship team before returning home for an 11-year Class AA career. "Steady Eddie" returned to diamond action with Norka Plating from 1947-50, Krumroy Markets in 1950, and then joined the champion Borden Auto teams of 1951-52. In 1953 he helped Canton Road Furniture on the championship trail and returned with a revived Borden team in 1954 for another title season. Ed moved on to Clark Excavating in 1955 and closed out his brilliant career with Krispy Kreme in 1956-57.|
|Misanko||Jim||1997||1990||Like so many other Greater Akron Hall of Famers, Jim got his start playing with the American Legion Post 209 teams. He then moved on to Garfield High School where he pitched the Presidents to a pair of city championships in 1950 and 1951. At The University of Akron he earned three letters and was named the team's most valuable player for 1953. After college he joined Bob Simmons' Krumroy Markets team. After a couple of years, Frank Garcia recruited Jim to pitch for the Borden Autos. Several years later the military claimed him for a hitch. Upon his return to Akron, Jim finished out his baseball days with the Canton Road Furnitures and the Krispy Kremes. With the Kremes he was the win-loss leader also having the lowest ERA Jim was selected on four All-Star teams and was a member of eight championship teams.|
|Mitchell||Walt||2002||2000||One of the hardest throwing righthanders in Akron baseball history. Began his career in the South Akron Youth Leagues and developed into an All-City and All-Ohio hurler while leading his Garfield High School Presidents team and Akron Yanks Legion team to many wins and titles. He pitched for Borden Autos coming out of Garfield and then signed as the highest bonus baby the New York Yankees had inked until that time. Walt spent six years hurling for Yankee and St. Louis Cardinals minor league teams before returning home and helping the Autos, Krispy Kreme, and Tramonte Black Label teams to winning championships.|
|Moore||Bruce||1995||1990||Bruce Moore's success as a youth has continued from playing on the All-Star Team that participated in the "Pony League World Series" in Washington, PA, finishing 3rd, to his present position as Phys. Ed Health teacher and baseball basketball coach at Ellet High School in Akron. All the stops in between have documented his ability as evidenced by awards and honors bestowed upon him, beginning at Central High School where he was All-City 3 years and All-State 1 year. He passed up a pro contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, opting instead for a scholarship at the University of Florida. There he received "All South Eastern Conference" honors as an infielder. He returned to the Akron area as a teacher coach. During the next 10 years he competed in the AA League with such teams as the Krispy Kremes, John Brown's Winding Bar and the Airmatic Valves. He was a member of 6 All-Star teams, and on 12 championship teams. As Ellet High School's baseball coach his teams have won 8 city series titles and he was named "Akron City Coach of the Year" in 1992 and 1993.|
|Morehead||Jeff||1998||1990||A strong leadoff hitter and outstanding centerfielder who was usually called on by his teams to patrol "the sun field" on defense. Jeff played on champion Wadsworth little league, Babe Ruth, and legion teams before leading Wadsworth High to Pioneer Conference titles as a 3-year starter. Jeff moved on to Ohio State University where he played for the Buckeye's 1966-67 Big Ten title teams and the Bucks 1966 NCAA National Championship squad. In AA ball he played for Erhart Kramers, champion Airmatic Valve and Red Pepper teams, and Bolin Oil, while making five All-Star teams. Defense, getting on base, and manufacturing runs while hitting .300 was Jeff's forte.|
|Morgan||Bob||2004||2000||Bob began his outstanding umpiring career in Goodyear Heights and North Akron Hot Stove leagues in 1966. While he worked many college and Class AA games during the past 24 years, Bob has been called on for 17 AABC World Series, 14 years of NCAA Division I Regional tournaments, Ohio Conference tournaments along with the NCAA Division III World Series. He has also worked national sports festival games including the Air Force International games (1979), the USA-CUBA series (1991) and the USA-MEXICO Series (1999).|
|Munson||Thurman||1993||1990||Deceased||Born in Akron, but moved to Canton at an early age. He played with the Triner Sports and the Four Winds Restaurant teams in the Akron Leagues before attending and starring as a catcher with Kent State University. He received All-American honors with the Flashes. A 1970 New York Yankee contract resulted and he began a fabulous career with the Yankee organization, winning "Rookie of the Year" in 1970. His brilliant play during his 10 year career earned him many honors. The Yankee Captain was the American League's Most Valuable Player and the Sporting News "Player of the Year" in 1976. He was named catcher on the American League All-Star squad in 1971, '73, '74, '75, '76 and '77. He played in the 1977 and '78 World Series, set four records and tied six others. Thurman was truly a great in our game and his untimely death August 1979 in a tragic plane crash, deprived the baseball world of an extraordinary talent.|
|Mutis||Jeff||2013||2010||Akron Aeros pitcher (1990-91). 2nd Most Career Wins: 22, 3rd Lowest Career ERA: 2.47, Tied for 5th in Most Career Starts: 50, Most Career Complete Games: 14, Most Career Shutouts: 7, Fifth Most Career Innings Pitched: 334.2.|
|Naragon||Hal||1991||1990||An outstanding catcher in the Barberton Youth Leagues and at Barberton High. Also played two years with Kenmore Tavern and Akron Orphans before joining the professional ranks and having an excellent career with the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, including World Series appearances with the Indians as a player and with the Twins and Detroit Tigers as a coach. Also helped promote and sponsor youth baseball in the Barberton area for many years. Hal continues his support of baseball in this area, and of former players through the Minor League insurance programs.|
|Nash||Bobby||1982||1980||A player whose feats with a baseball at old West High School, the Akron area sandlots and Toledo University are legendary. At West, he was a natural athlete--a star in baseball, football basketball, and track. However, baseball was his great love. He pitched a no-hitter in high school, two more in the Akron sandlot leagues and three more while twirling for the Toledo Rockets. In one of those no-hitters in Toledo, Nash struck out 24 of 27 Heidelberg batters he faced. In another season while hurling the old Smith Sheriffs to the City A League title, Nash won 13 of 14 games, striking out 139 in 106 innings. In addition, he batted .428. It was in 1948 that Nash reached his peak. While pitching for the Borden Autos in the AABC National Championship in Battle Creek, Nash pitched 33 scoreless innings and was selected the tourney's most outstanding player.|
|Nauer||Joe||1997||1990||He started young, having spent three years in the South Akron Little Leagues. Moving on to high school, Joe was instrumental in the Kenmore Cardinals winning the 1978 City Championships and in four years of varsity action was twice selected to the All-City Team. Recruited by Wooster College, Joe helped the Scots to a pair of Ohio conference titles and his performance there was rewarded with selection to the All-Conference Teams. After college Joe joined the Crocker Restaurant Team in the AA League and helped them win three titles in five years. He then played two championship seasons with the Field Falcons (1984-85) before closing out his baseball career in AA with CP Sales Company teams for eight years. He helped pitch CP to titles in 1986, 1991-92-93. All-in-all Joe played on 12 title teams and was voted on eight All-Star teams. In 1985 his stellar performance merited him the league's Frank Garcia Award for outstanding play. Joe has continued to pitch in the over-30 Roy Hobbs Baseball League in Akron, and has led his Grandpa Sports Card team to one title.|
|Negray||Ron||1992||1990||One of the finest righthanders to come out of the area after pitching outstanding legion ball, Ron lost only two games in the four years he lettered at Garfield High and twice his teams went to the State finals. In 1948 Ron pitched for the Akron Orphans. In 1949 he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and was sent to Valdosta, Georgia in the Georgia-Florida League, where he compiled a 21 6 season, with 243 strikeouts and an ERA of less than 3.0. His pro career began in earnest when he pitched for teams in both the Eastern and Western Leagues in 1950. Moving to St. Paul in the (American Assoc.) in 1952 where he was 11 7, striking out 102 in 108 innings. The highlights of baseball in the pro ranks came for Ron when he was with the big clubs--the 1952 National League Pennant-winning Brooklyn Dodgers who lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. He was with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1952-54, Philadelphia Phillies in 1955-56, and the L.A. Dodgers in 1957-58. Ron saw a lot of action in the International League with Montreal in 1959, Toronto in 1960-62 and finished up with Hawaii in 1963 before retiring from baseball. Ron was a 1972 Summit County Sports Hall of Fame inductee.|
|Neroni||Carl||2000||2000||An outstanding shortstop, leadoff batter with speed, .300 and over hitter with great defensive skills since his youth baseball days on Cleveland's west side. He was second team All Crown Conference ('70) and MVP ('71) at Lakewood St. Edward High. Carl also played for champion Milrose teams and became a four year starter at Akron U where he was Defensive Player of the Year, '73-75 and Zips Captain in '75. In Akron AA, Carl played with Pfiefle Undertakers, was an All Star shortstop for Akron Insulating and Champion Acme Ash teams. Carl closed his career with AAA Ferry Cap Screw and Lake County Gar-Hall in the early '80s."|
|Nicholas||Jack||1993||1990||Jack played on the 1939-40 Killian Celtics B team North High "Teens". Played centerfield for North High in 1941-42. Graduated from Akron U in 1948, where he ran track and played basketball. As a first baseman and centerfielder, Jack played for such teams in the AA League as Civitan Club '45-'48, Norka Plating '49-'50, Souvenir Beer '50, Krumroy Markets '51-'52 and Redl Golf, 1953. He played 3 years with Civitans without missing an inning of play and 2 of those seasons without commiting an error at 1st base. His AA League batting average was .324. He averaged 20 stolen bases per season. Following his active playing days, he turned to coaching. He served as Assistant Basketball Coach at North High '48-'49, and at West High, '51-'54. He was Head Baseball Coach at West High '51-'54. From 1954-1964 he ran the Firestone Park "Lucky" Baseball League for 6 to 10 year old boys, starting many of them on AA and college careers. During the period he spent as Superintendent of the Coventry schools (1960's) and the Revere schools (1970's) he made certain baseball was a strong part of athletic programs and facilities.|
|Norton||Dick||1985||1980||You name the position and "Bulldog" Dick Norton would perform the job you needed done. An East High grad, Dick moved into the AA League in 1953 with Old Dutch Beer and established himself as a power hitting and versatile player. An outstanding catcher, Dick was also called on to fill in at all positions during his 20-year career. Dick was selected to the All-Star team nine times during his playing days with the Akron Politicians, Brimfield, Weather Seal, Winding Bar and Erhart Kramer teams. Always among the League homerun and RBI leaders, Dick had a career batting average of .321.|
|Ohlson||John||1992||1990||Played his youth ball in Cuyahoga Falls and became established as a strong righthanded pitcher and first baseman at Falls High. While there he posted a 15-1 record in 1962-63, was All-Inter City Conference (1962-63), All District (1963), before moving on to Bowling Green University as a pitcher-first baseman and clean-up hitter in 1964-65. He began AA ball with Blatz Beer 1964, played with champion Black Label and Akron Insulating teams and Barberton Weather Seal. As a starting pitcher and later as an excellent relief hurler, John was unbeatable from 1966 through 1976 as a relief hurler, never losing in those 11 years. He was named to six All-Star teams, including1968 as a starter. John is another person who finds it hard to give up baseball, so he, too, joined the Senior League and was instrumental in the Akron Blues successful 20-0 season.|
|Olson||Jim||1988||1980||A strong 6'3",210-pound right-hander from the Springfield Township area, Jim played on numerous championship teams in his younger days before leading Springfield High to the Metro League Titles in 1963 and 1964 as a pitcher/outfielder. He was named the Metro's MVP in 1963. From there he moved to Akron University where he won the Touchdown Club Award in 1966, and Best Pitcher Award in 1968 for the Zips. At the same time, Jim began his AA career in 1966 with the champion Airmatic Valve team and two years later he added the coveted Frank Garcia Memorial Award for his outstanding pitching in 1968 to his list of highlights. Jim was named to five League All-Star teams while hurling for two champion Akron Insulating teams and for Barberton Weather-Seal, Wayne Knolls Farms, Tiny's Orphans, and the "Valves."|
|Opalich||Craig||2015||2010||Craig Opalich does not regret one second that his playing career did not extend past playing two years on the varsity squad as a junior and senior at Mayfield High School. The 54-year-old Opalich is happy he answered a higher calling a couple decades ago. I know I'm much better coaching players to play the game, Opalich said. And I consider myself very lucky to have been coaching Brownlee's Lookouts for nearly 20 years at about age level. I really enjoy training the kids all winter. I love the game and I love working with the kids. I was very fortunate to have a lot of great kids and we have done really well in summer tournaments. Opalich, who is vice-president of technology for a company that reduces energy use in commercial and university buildings, got into coaching youth ball with his son Chad, who eventually played for Chuck Schilling at Hudson High School and then played Division I college baseball at the University of Dayton. Opalich guided teams Chad played on to two national titles ; the 2002 CABA national championship as a 12-year-old team and the 2005 USSSA national championship as a 15-year-old team. Opalich, however, points to a fourth-place finish in the NABF national event in Jackson, Miss., in the 18-year-old division as perhaps the high point of his coaching career. We had nine kids on that team that went on to play Division I college baseball and several, like Brad Goldberg who is still in the Chicago White Sox system, who went on to play professional baseball, Opalich said. Virtually all of the kids who have played, have gone on to play some level of college baseball. Helping the kids get into school is really what I like most about the position I'm in. And I'm really proud of the fact that there are currently three kids from the Lookouts who are students at the medical school at the Ohio State University.|
|Padrutt||Paul||1988||1980||A three-sport star at Springfield High, including four years as catcher for the Spartans from 1941-45, Paul went directly into the service after his prep days and then had a solid ten-year career when he came back in the A-AA League in 1948. Splitting catching and outfielding duties, Paul helped many strong teams in the tough city races grab titles, including Canton Road Furniture, Smith Sheriffs, Krispy Kreme, and Akron P.O.C., before he closed out his career in 1957. Following his playing days, Paul turned to coaching at Boston (Woodridge) High, where his teams won three championships, not only in baseball, but in basketball and football as well.|
|Palmer||Jack||1993||1990||In 1964 played with Class F Champs LB Construction. Was instrumental in the Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers winning two "Metro" titles and was named All-Metro in 1967 and 1968. Also in 1968 he was named to the Greater Akron All-Star team with a 10-1 record, 157 strikeouts in 77-2/3 innings and a .045 ERA. He also guided the Black Tigers to their best record ever: 34-4. In 1968 against Walsh Jesuit High he missed a perfect game by issuing 1 walk and struck out "all 21 batters" for an 8-0 win. He received a scholarship to Kent State, where he was Co-Captain, MAC Conference "Player of the Week" for pitching back-to-back shutouts against (1st Place) Miami of Ohio, and Western Michigan the next week. Began his AA League career in 1968 with Kippy-Heathco, 1969 Black Labels, 1970-71 Wayne Knolls Farms, 1972 Eaton Sports Pride, 1973 Akron Insulating, and 1974 Flexi-Grip. With Flexi-Grip he was AA leader with 117 strikeouts in 79-2/3 innings and 1.21 ERA. Drafted by Nino's for NABF Tournament in Louisville, KY, he beat Detroit 11-0 on 3 hits and 14 strikeouts to put Nino's in the semi-finals. Named to 6 All-Star teams, and in 1971 gave the Akron All-Stars their first win in 5 years against Canton All-Stars, 3-2. Also in 1971 he received the "Frank Garcia Memorial Award" as the year's outstanding player, recognizing his excellent play. Jack was no slouch at the plate, either.|
|Pangle||John||1988||1980||A native from Pittsburgh, John is being inducted into his second Baseball Hall of Fame. He received similar honors from his former school, Pittsburgh Baldwin Wallace High in 1982. He began his career as a rugged right-handed pitcher and outfielder in the Pittsburgh Whitehall Little League, where his team won two titles in three years, and then with pennant winning teams in Whitehall Class E, and American Legion teams, where he was named to two All-Star teams. He then went to Parsons College in Iowa, where he pitched his teams to one League title and two District Tournament championships. John moved to Akron in 1969 and played with Nino's Lounge for two years. After winning the Frank Garcia Memorial Award while with Eaton Sports Pride in 1971, he went into pro ball in the Minnesota system. John had three outstanding years with the Lynchburg Twins, Charlotte and Orlando, pitching a pair of no-hitters and making the All-Star team twice. However, a back injury, plus the fact that "Bonus Babies" were being moved up to the big club, curtailed his pro stint. John returned to Akron to lead Acme Ash to the 1976 League Title and the Akron Insulating teams to three other pennants. In those four years he posted a 44-3 record and a 1.77 ERA. John also played for Oakwood Grill and Genessee Beer, and managed Tallmadge Dineen Electric to the Class D title in 1983. John was name to ten AA All-Star teams and had a AA career record of 101-17.|
|Parseghian||Ara||1994||1990||Sometimes a person's skill in one sport is so overwhelming that his excellence in another is often overlooked. Such is the case involving Ara. His football prowess and coaching ability has diminished the perception of his baseball skills. But make no mistake, he could play the game. So much so, that the late "Speed Bosworth" (1984 Famer Cleveland Indians scout) maintained he would have been every bit as successful as a baseball player. The G.A.B.H.O.F. would be remiss had we failed to honor that early segment of his life. He pitched and played first base for the National A.C. Team, moving up to the championship Grays IGA team of the American Legion. At South High School he was instrumental in helping them have several winning seasons. In 1940 he was selected on the 1st Akron Orphan Team of high school All-Stars, along with Hall of Famers Bill Starkey (1990), Hal Schumacher (1991) and Jesse Raines (1993). He continued playing with the Orphans until his enlistment in the Navy in 1943. He was able to pitch some in the service and a try-out was arranged with the Pittsburgh Pirate organization following his service commitment. However he opted for a scholarship at Miami of Ohio, where he starred in baseball as well as football and basketball. Following graduation, football became his preference in life and the rest is history.|
|Partenheimer||Hal||1984||1980||Springfield, Massachusetts' loss was Akron's big gain when the Partenheimer family moved to Akron in 1933. The move provided an outstanding, hard-hitting infielder in Hal Partenheimer. His Akron career began with the Gordon Drug Aces, followed by Schneider Red Hots, Akron Jays, and Sohio A.C. while he was at Buchtel High. Hal continued to excell at Amherst College and in the summer for the champion Killian Celtics before taking a stint in the Cubs minor league and the U.S. Navy. He returned home in 1946 and played with the champion Smith Sheriffs, joined Goodyear for two years, before closing out his playing days with the Sheriffs from 1949-52. He coached four years in Cuyahoga Falls, highlighted by taking a last place youth team to the championship in 1969. A consistent .350 hitter, Hal posted his best average in 1938 with a .516 average for Sohio A.C. Hal was named to seven league and five All-Tournament teams.|
|Partenheimer||Stan||1986||1980||He rode into the Akron C League behind his Hall of Fame brother, Hal, on the Gordon Drug Aces team that was coached and financed by his father in 1934. In 1936 he moved with Hal into B League action as an outfielder with the Akron Jays and in 1937 for Sohio A.C. in the A League. As a freshman at Buchtel High in '38, Coach Chuck Kenney made Stan "the only left-handed shortstop in captivity" because of his strong arm and defensive range. In the summer of '39, Joe Winkler put Stan on the mound and he responded with a 10-1 record as the Killian Celtics won the pennant and reached the NABF finals in Washington. A year later, Stan had a complete championship season, leading Buchtel to the City school boy title with a 7-1 record and going 12-3 for the Champion Celtics, who again got to the NABF finals, where Stan was chosen for the national NABF Tournament All-Star team. In 1941 he posted back-to-back no-hitters against Central and Hower, and struck out 112 in 49 innings while allowing only 17 hits and four earned runs. Following high school, Stan joined the Canton Terriers for an All-Star 17-5 record, was 3-1 at Wooster College and 13-2 for Fort Hayes before moving to pro ball. In eight years traveling on the pro circuit, Stan had a couple of short stints in the major leagues with the Red Sox in 1944, and the Cardinals in 1945-46.|
|Patterson||Glenn||2004||2000||A tough left-handed pitcher and great-hitting first baseman with the champion Akron Yankees youth teams, then a four-year letterman for Garfield High where he was All-City twice, Glenn helped the Presidents to one city title and as a sophomore led Garfield to a State Runner-Up trophy in 1950. Glenn had a 22-1 record at Garfield and in 1952 City playoffs pitched a doubleheader, winning the first but lost the second for his only loss. In AA action Glenn pitched and played for champion Smith Sheriffs, Redl's Golf Shop, Krispy Kreme and champion Borden Autos. He also pitched for Canada Saskatchewan in 1953 and the Army (Korea) in 1954.|
|Patton||Paul||2001||2000||From 1966 through 1999 he devoted his time, skill and energy to North Akron Youth Baseball Leagues on all age levels. Paul passed away in 1999 but he is remembered by many as a coach who rarely raised his voice, who stressed values as much as winning and instilled confidence in his players. Paul had many "H-G-F-E" championship league andtournament teams, and '67, '71, '73, '98 teams were Ohio Hot Stove State Tournament runnerups. Paul was inducted in the Ohio Hot Stove Hall of Fame in 1990; he received the "Cy Butler Ohio Hot Stove Founder's Award" in 1999 in recognition of his faithful and sincere interest in youngsters and baseball. He was involved in the North Akron Baseball Association in a variety of capacities besides coaching: in administration duties; fund raising; and maintaining the fields and equipment. He did it all with a positive attitude, professionalism and sportsmanship.|
|Pavkov||John||1987||1980||An East High grad who became a "gutsy" handyman type player for a number of teams, John proved to be an outstanding player at any of the nine positions on the baseball diamond. Although a strong right-handed pitcher who could also hit for the .300 average, John was utilized by the teams he played for in the position they most needed help. In his early days, John played with the champion Killian Celtics and West Chevrolet teams and also had stints with Scott Paige Billiards and New Haven Cafe, and helped the tough Borden Auto teams of the late forties in their quests of league and district championships.|
|Pearson||L.c.||1997||1990||L.C. was born in Akron and played with Speed Bosworth's Akron Sporting Goods team as a youngster. Pearson moved to East Orange, N.J. and attended high school, where he was a teammate of Cooperstown Hall of Famer, Monte Irvin. He dropped out of school to join the semi-pro Orange Triangles before becoming the first baseman for the Newark N.J. Eagles of the National Negro League. He would spend 11 years with the Eagles, hitting over .300 lifetime. In 1956 he led the Eagles to a Negro World Series championship over the Kansas City Monarchs, hitting .393 in the seven game struggle. L.C. moved to the Baltimore Elite Giants in 1949 as their player-manager and hit .332, leading them to a league championship. He was a five-time east-west All-Star during the 1940's. Pearson died as a result of an automobile accident in Newark N.J. in 1984.|
|Peticca||Frank||1994||1990||Frank joins his brother Joe (1992) in the Hall of Fame. A right-handed pitcher with a smooth effective motion, good curve ball and a more than adequate fast ball, he won his share of games. He was All-City at Buchtel High School in 1944. At Miami University of Ohio he was No. 1 starting pitcher for 3 years and during one period of time he won 9 consecutive games. He started his AA League career as a 16-year-old with the Akron Orphans. He also pitched for the Civitan Club, Howe Construction, and Souvenir Beers. Frank pitched 10 years in the AA League and was on 4 All-Star teams and a member of 8 title championship teams.|
|Peticca||Joe||1992||1990||An outstanding lefthanded pitcher who used a fine fast hardball, a nifty assortment of curves, and a change of pace during a 14-year career on Akron sandlots and four years of service ball. Joe had several no-hitters in youth ball, beginning with the Akron Indians in 1934 and then O'Neil's Parrots, Gordon Drugs and Firestone Local. He was All-City at Buchtel High in 1938-39. He moved into A ball with Penn Tips, Goodrich, West Chevrolet, Falls Moose, Smith Sheriffs, Kenmore Taverns and Civitan Club teams around a stint in the Army. He also pitched for Fostoria (St. Louis Cards) in 1940. He managed several youth teams from 1960-1975 and served as president of South Akron National Little League from 1966-1976.|
|Petrusky||Ryan||2015||2010||Give Ryan Petrusky the pitcher the ball and he probably was going to shut down the opponent and pick up a victory. Put Ryan Petrusky the hitter in the lineup and he probably was going to contribute two key hits and help lead the team to a win. I loved pitching because it was a thrill being involved in every play defensively, the former Cuyahoga Falls High School standout said. But being able to hit allowed me to play in the games I didn't pitch. Since I loved to pitch and loved to play, it was perfect to be a pitcher and position player. I got a thrill out of hitting a home run and an even bigger thrill out of getting a win. Petrusky first gained recognition at the youth baseball level in 1991 when he helped lead the Cuyahoga Falls Thunderbolt Towing to the CABA World Series in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He promptly became a mainstay on the Black Tigers varsity unit as a third baseman and pitcher. He started four years and compiled a 19-7 record on the mound. He was an All-Metro League honoree as a freshman third baseman and then earned All-Western Reserve Conference honors the following three years. He helped lead the Black Tigers to a regional final his freshman year and was the starting pitcher in the Division I state championship game as a senior in 1999. Petrusky played four years of college baseball, the first two with Baldwin-Wallace and the third and fourth with Ohio Northern University. He earned the Guy Fisher Award for combined athletic-academic excellence in 2002 and compiled a 12-9 record with a 2.86 ERA during his collegiate career. Petrusky then continued his double excellence in the Greater Akron AA Baseball League. He helped guide the Akron Lasiks to AA titles in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 he was 4-0 on the mound and hit .471 and was named the winner of the Dave Layton Award as the MVP of the Greater Akron AA Tournament. He earned a fifth consecutive AA League all-star award in 2009. Petrusky, who works as a regional manager in sales for Freud Tools and lives in Fairlawn Heights, had a couple opportunities in pro baseball, but had already embarked on a successful business career. I was lucky to have employment set up before my senior year in college, he said. Playing 16 years in Roy Hobbs after college has allowed to have the best of both worlds ; a good professional career and play the game I've always loved.|
|Pettorini||Tim||2017||2010||In the pecking order of organized baseball, Division III college teams receive relatively little attention. Consequently, one of the all-time winningest coaches in Division III can go unnoticed. Tim Pettorini has been head coach at Wooster College for 36 years. During his tenure, the Scots have won 17 North Coast Athletic Conference championships, 10 since 2002. Pettorini is one of only 10 Division III baseball coaches to win 1,000 or more games, and he is long past that milestone with 1,173 victories and a 73.1 winning percentage, among the top 10 all-time in Division III. Along the way, Pettorini has taken Wooster to 24 Division III Championship Tournaments, reaching the eight-team finals five times and finishing as national runnerup twice. A native of Columbus, Pettorini earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Bowling Green, where he was a four-year starter in the outfield and earned All-MAC recognition. He was good enough to be drafted after his senior seasons in high school (Phillies) and college (Padres) but declined to sign, opting to pursue a career in coaching instead.|
|Petty||Mac||2004||2000||Mac developed into an outstanding 6-6 right-handed pitcher in Wooster. Starting with Little League and Hot Stove teams, he then lettered 3 years at Wooster High School, averaging 14 strikeouts and was team Captain in 1965. He helped the Generals to 3 straight State Regional title games and was All-Ohio in 1965. Mac was also an All-Ohio basketball player. He went to the University of Tennessee and played on SEC title teams in both baseball and basketball. In Class AA, he played with Orrville Merchants, Krispy Kreme, John Brown's Winding Bar, Tiny's Orphans and champion Black Label team, making 3 All-Star teams. Mac was drafted by the Mets and Pirates but opted to stay at Tennessee. He went into coaching hoops and soccer at Louden High School (Tennesssee), University of the South and has coached Wabash University since 1976. Mac has been inducted into the Wooster, Wayne County and Wabash Hall of Fames.|
|Pfaff||Henry||2007||2000||Henry Pfaff was a long-time baseball coach and manager in the Akron area. He served the youth of Goodyear Heights for over 32 years, 29 of them as head coach and manager. Henry passed away in 2002 at the age of 63. He managed the Goodyear Heights Hot Stove Class D team for 20 years, compiling an overall record of 468 wins and 200 losses. Henry won numerous League titles and added State Championships in 1997 and 2000. Henry was posthumously inducted to the Ohio Hot Stove Hall of Fame in August of 2004 and received the Hot Stove's Cy Butler Award for services to youth that same year."|
|Piekarski||Ron||1997||1990||Few pitchers if any have experienced the longevity of Ron Piekarski. He has spent more than 30 years fooling area batters. Thru the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's, he has been a dominant AA league pitcher and never had a losing season while racking up a 175-72 record. Ron began winning at St. Mary's CYO High School, helping his teams win four titles. Ron first pitched in AA at age 15 with Joe's All-Stars in 1965, when he beat Erhart Kramers at Erhart by an 8-3 score, allowing only three hits and five walks, while striking out 14. In between playing football at Purdue University, Ron pitched for Nino's Lounge AA team and after college pitched for Magic City Lanes, Acme Ash, Akron Insulating, Oakwood Bar, Genesee Beers, D.B. Johnsen's and then 10 years with the team he co-sponsored with his father, Rudy F. Piekarski (a 1996 inductee), CP Sales Co., which won 5 titles: 1986, 1991-92-93-94. Besides the games he won as a starter, Ron had a number of saves as a reliever. He played on 12 championship teams and was selected for five All-Star games. His '90's career highlight came in 1993 when he won a pair of games in relief on the same day, a 4-inning win for CP and a 3-inning win for the Akron Blues team of the Roys Hobbs Over 40 League. Ron has also played on three Blues title teams.|
|Pinter||Frank||1993||1990||A strong, muscular catcher who starred at Hower Vocational School before joining Speed Bosworth's Akron Yankee Jrs., Pinter caught 4 no-hitters during his 14 year career, with such teams as Cuyahoga Falls Moose, Simpson Markets, and Akron Orphans. He played with the Army Unit team traveling from North Africa to Italy and France, featuring several Major League and Triple A players. He caught the World Championship game between the NBF Champion Akron Orphans and the ABC Champion Baltimore Glenn L. Martin Bombers. He was a consistant .300 plus hitter and in 1940 stole 26 bases. Frank had a fierce competitive spirit and was tough enough to have played in the barehanded days of baseball. He died in 1975 at age 57."|
|Poetter||Dave||2014||2010||Dave Poetter has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with the game of baseball. The ride has been forever, has taken different forms and led to numerous rewards and honors. Poetter began playing in Little League and moved up the chain to play Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball in his hometown of Wadsworth. He was key cog in the American Legion Post #170 team that won third place in a state tournament. He then starred on the Wadsworth High School team and led the Grizzlies to a Chippewa Conference championship. Poetter was recruited by the College of Wooster. Poetter had four stellar years at COW, was a 4-year letterman (1968-1971) and earned first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors. He also was honored by being chosen a captain of the College of Wooster team. Poetter remained active playing baseball after graduating from the College of Wooster. He was a standout in the Akron AA League for 8 years as a player with the Wadsworth and Medina Merchants teams. He also embarked on a long coaching career. He was the head baseball coach at Smithville High School for one season and graduate assistant at the College of Wooster for a season before taking over as the head coach at Highland High School for 20 seasons. His teams won 2 Inland Conference championships and 2 Suburban League championships. Poetter was elected to the Wadsworth High School Athletic Hall of Fame.|
|Pokorosky||Mike||2014||2010||Mike Pokorosky had one of the most geographically expanded baseball careers of any of the players in the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame, starting on the sandlots of Firestone Park playing youth baseball and crossing the big pond as a member of the U.S. Army team in Germany that played the great game throughout Europe. Pokorosky advanced from Firestone Park Little League teams to play on advanced youth baseball teams under the highly respected Mike Kura from 1959 through 1965. He later starred at Garfield High School, helping the Rams capture 2 City Series championships as a pitcher and outfielder. He then went on to play fall ball at Ohio University. Pokorosky played and coached a battalion team in the U.S. Army in 1966 and 1967 and when he returned to Akron he started a standout hitting and pitching career in the Class AA league. Pokorosky was one of the top power hitters in the Class AA league and was a two-time Class AA All-Star honoree two times during his career from 1968 through 1973. The longtime Akron resident was a star outfielder and relief pitcher on some of the top teams in the league in that era.|
|Pokorosky||Tom||1989||1980||They called him "Pokey," but it was a misnomer as far as his moving on the diamond went. His base stealing, bunting, and ability to patrol the outfield was extremely outstanding. Started in youth leagues at age 12, but by 16 was in A ball with Goodyear where he spent most of the next 20 years. Besides the Wings, he also played for Kenmore Pioneers, Youngstown Slovaks, Smith Sheriffs, and had a two year stint in the army at McCain, Miss. Always batted over .300 with power and led various leagues in stolen bases. Named to All-Star teams twice each in Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown, and Army leagues. Played in four National Tournament Finals, twice with the Sheriffs, and twice with the Slovaks.|
|Pollock||Scott||2017||2010||Scott was the head baseball coach at Streetsboro High School from 1985 to 1991 and at Mogadore High School from 2005 to 2006. He was even the head football coach at Mogadore from 1992 to 2003 where they were state champions twice. He was head football coach at Streetsboro as well from 1996 to 2002. Scott graduated from Mogadore HS in 1977 and the University of Akron in 1983. He is a member of the Mogadore HS Athletic Hall of Fame and the University of Akron Hall of Fame. At Mogadore, he was 1st team all-league as a catcher for 4 years and team captain for 3 years. At the University of Akron, he captained the team in 1982 where he went on to achieve OVC all-team honors. Scott also was selected for Honorable Mention All-American honors as well. Scott played summer baseball in the Akron AA league from 1977 to around 1989 and played in a number of All-Star games. As a baseball coach, he was selected PCL Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990 when he was with Streetsboro High School. He currently lives in Mogadore with his wife Shelley and has four adult children.|
|Pope||Bob||1999||1990||Began his outstanding career as a left-handed pitcher, first baseman, and outfielder in the Springfield Youth leagues and grew into one of the best players in Summit County while at Springfield High School. Bob sparkled on the mound for the Spartans as a crafty lefty and blasted out .400 plus batting averages while leading Springfield to Metro League Championships in 1954 and 1955. Bob became one of the top pitchers in AA League play for Zoff's Heating, Krispy Kreme teams, and as a draftee for tournaments by the Black Labels. His best seasons came from 1957-59 when he posted a 39-6 pitching record, 2.90 ERA and .310 batting average. In between AA action, Bob had great success pitching and batting the Paris Island Marines to service league championships.|
|Popp||George||1983||1980||Colorful sports figures like George Popp are welcomed anywhere they travel. And in George's case, his career has seen a lot of traveling-- as one of the best baseball umpires to ever come out of the Akron area. In the early years, Popp sparkled in baseball, track and football at Akron's Garfield High and got his first taste of A League Ball for Michael A.C. However, umpiring is Popp's claim to fame. He says he got into the profession by accident. Evidently he and lifelong friend, Hermie Ziruolo, took a wrong turn when they ended up at McGowan's Umpiring School in Florida. George was appointed to the Tobacco State League, but eventually rose through the ranks to be the best in the Southern League--one step below the majors. In 1956 he became the first pro umpire to strike for better wages and returned to Akron to take up officiating on the local level. His career has been highlighted with a thousand zany stories, no doubt precipitated by his flair for showmanship, his quick wit and marvelous sense of humor.|
|Porter||John||1993||1990||John played his high school baseball at Buchtel and Cuyahoga Falls High before joining the Exchange Chevy's in the American Legion League. He won two championships, then began playing in the A League with Simpson Markets team. After a couple of seasons with the Markets, Chet Foltz's National A-C team needed a shortstop, and John handled that spot for several years and three championships. During that time another Maple Valley team was rising to prominence, Marshall Snider's-Sohio A.C. team. So John and 1985 Hall of Famer Bill Aylward joined that team, taking them to the State finals at Van Wert. Being drafted into the Army prevented John from joining the Boston Braves organization. However, the Fort Hayes Army team made use of his talents. All in all, John spent 15 years in baseball in the Akron area before moving to Florida.|
|Pratt||Scott||2014||2010||Former Akron Aeros middle infielder Scott Pratt realizes his opportunity to live his ultimate dream was hindered by bad timing ; he was an honest professional baseball player who competed in the infamous steroid era. But that does not leave Pratt a bitter man. Pratt played 8 years in the minors, rising to Class AAA after being drafted in the third round and signed by the Indians in 1998. Pratt spent 5 years in Akron and has fond memories of his experiences at Canal Park where he left his mark as one of the most prolific offensive players in team history. "Playing in Akron was great," Pratt said. "The nice field, the great batter's eye ; it's a great park to hit in. We also had great fans and great delis. The food in Akron was really, really good. And I had great coaches ; Brad Komminsk and Mike Sarbaugh. The whole experience in Akron was really good." Pratt, who starred at Auburn University for 3 years, still holds franchise records for games played, at-bats, runs, hits, triples and stolen bases. Pratt's best seasons were 2001 when he hit .280 with 13 doubles, 4 triples and 4 home runs and 2002 when he hit .267 with a career-high 17 homers and 54 RBI. Pratt hit .260 with a .397 slugging percentage during his 8-year pro career. Pratt retired after the 2005 season and went on to earn a law degree from the Univeristy of Utah. He passed the bar in Utah a year ago and currently is a law clerk for a federal judge in Utah. He is married with 5 children and coaches baseball teams that include his 2 sons. Pratt says that the legal profession in Utah is very competitive and he is thankful for his background in professional baseball. The experiences of playing ball for so long has helped me professionally, he said. It has taught me to get along with people and the networking is great. Being a former pro ball player, that's all anyone wants to talk about.|
|Protich||Ray||1990||1990||Began with Allenside A.C. at age 9, and had a pair of no-hitters and seven one-hitters with A.C. in five years before becoming a three-time All-City hurler at Kenmore High '50-53, where he won 53 games. After a year at Akron U and a stint in the service, he pitched for the Red Peppers, Zoff Heating, champion Krispy Kreme, where he was team MVP in 1958, and one year with the Reds Florida State D team where he had an 11-4 record. He had another no-hitter in the service, where he posted a 17-4 record; struck out 18 with a two-hitter against West High while at Kenmore; and had a 19-inning 3-hitter in the Florida State League.|
|Quintrell||Rick||2014||2010||Rick Quintrell's baseball career took off as a catcher on Metro League-championship teams at Tallmadge High School coached by the legendary Dave Young and continues today as a highly respected national-level umpire in adult baseball competition. The Tallmadge resident is simply very comfortable around home plate. It started for Quintrell in the renowned Tallmadge Little League program and progressed through the Greater Akron Baseball Federation playing for Newman Construction. Quintrell, who later returned to Tallmadge to coach under Young, posted a .338 batting average his senior season and was an All-Metro League honoree. He played in the Akron AA League with Akron Omnicor and Crocker's Restaurant from 1984 through 1991 and was on 2 championship teams. Quintrell then transitioned into the Roy Hobbs over-30 league playing with the Akron Blues from 1992 through 1996 and 2000. He won league titles with the Blues in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2000. Quintrell started his longstanding umpiring career in 1994 while still an active player. He became certified as a Class 1 umpire and began umpiring high school state tournament games. He has umpired 8 City Series title games along with 12 district games, 8 regionals and has umpired state finals games in Columbus in 2001, 2011 and 2013. Quintrell also has umpired many championship games at various levels in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers, Fla. He was the umpire-in-chief at the 2007 national championship event. Quintrell is a member of Summit Umpires Association and works as an instructor at umpiring clinics.|
|Raines||Jesse||1993||1990||At an early age Jess began pitching in Class D and American Legion baseball. He threw hard and had a fine curve ball. At Central High School he lettered in three sports, but he excelled in baseball. As a 15 year old he joined the first Akron Orphan team that featured such players as current Hall of Famers Hal Schumacher, Bill Starkey and Eddie Vincent. He pitched a no-hitter against the Kenmore Taverns who had Hall of Famer Hal Naragon behind the plate. Jess played for the N.B.F. Champion Orphans team until he was drafted into the Army, where he continued to play on Army teams in Texas, England and Germany. He signed a Chicago Cub contract and played with their affiliate in the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League. There he had a nine game winning streak. Chronic arm problems ended his playing days. He coached and managed Cuyahoga Falls Little League for many years.|
|Rakich||Carl||1985||1980||A "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.|
|Rakich||Ted||1987||1980||Got the "Blues" at only 19 years old, when a shoulder injury suffered in football action at Central High in 1939 also curtailed his playing career on the baseball diamond. Ted had been a strong-armed center fielder and a .300 hitter for Class EE Davidson Grocery, Class B Tasty Market, and Akron Blues teams before being knocked out of playing action, as he could not shake the injury during the 1940 season. After a stint in the service, Ted began a brilliant coaching and managing career with the Akron Braves Class F Championship team, and in 1955 he enjoyed the "Baseball Blues" by starting another winning association on the youth level...this time with the outstanding Akron Blues teams of the late fifties. The Blues completely dominated teams from the area and had outstanding success on the State and National levels as they piled up numerous City, County, and State titles. In 1960, after helping Fred Malagio at Central High, Ted took the Central Blues team to its best finish ever when they battled to become National runner-up that year. Ted has fond memories of all his players, but feels the high points of his career were helping and watching the development of Rick Handy, Art Kusnyer, and son Carl move from the youth leagues into college and class AA play, and have all three receive the coveted Frank Garcia MVP Award, and also be on hand when all three were inducted into The Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.|
|Rango||Rich||1991||1990||Played on youth teams in Cleveland area. Was outstanding shortstop, hitter and base runner at Parma Sr. High (1963-66) and at Kent State U (1966-70), where he led Flashes in stolen bases, runs scored and hitting ('69-70).398 average. Became All-Star shortstop/centerfielder with Champion Akron Insulating teams, 1970-1975. He led the powerful insulating team in batting with a .398 average in 1970. This was quite an accomplishment in view of the team's roster of all-stars.|
|Rasicci||John||1995||1990||In the youth leagues John intimidated the other teams of the Cuyahoga Falls-Stow area with his hitting and pitching. He compiled a no-hitter, several one and two-hit games and was voted the League's best pitcher. Moving into the high school circles he became an outfielder at Hoban High School. At Hoban, he won four letters and was named to two All-City teams. At Kent State University he continued to excel, hitting over .300 and earning four letters. He began playing Akron AA League baseball in 1973 with Bolin Oil. He also played with the Acme Ash and Akron Insulating teams. While a member of the Akron Insulating team in 1976 he was presented with the prestigious "Frank Garcia Memorial Award," earning it by having a career year as he led the league in hits, runs, homeruns, walks and stolen bases. He was named to three league All-Star teams. His stellar play resulted in a pro contract with the San Francisco Giants in the California Scout League in 1977. He went to spring training with the Giant AA Team at Casa Grande. He returned to Ohio for a try-out with the Cincinnati Reds, however soon after that John opted for the ministry and is founder and pastor of his own church "Word of His Grace" in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.|
|Reed||Ron||2013||2010||Graduated from pro umpire school 1969, worked in Eastern League. Has umpired 532 college games, over 1,450 high school including 22 state finals. Taught umpiring in Akron area for 43 years, licensing over 600 umpires for high school baseball. Worked over 450 Akron AA games, including seven all-state games. Umpired the Stan Musial World Series five times also the Connie Mack and Roy Hobbs World Series.|
|Reho||Rob||2014||2010||The constant thread that is woven throughout the fabric of Rob Reho's life is baseball. Reho started playing the game in youth baseball leagues in his hometown of Painesville, starring on teams that competed in Little League and Big League state championship tournaments. "I grew up watching my dad, who had played in the Piedmont League with Brooks Robinson," Reho said. "I got to watch him play amateur ball later in Painesville and later introduced me to Brooks Robinson when I was 10 or 11. It was quite the experience. I grew to love the game going to the games with my dad, who taught me the little things in baseball. Reho was a strong-hitting middle infielder at Painesville Riverside High School. He set the school's record for highest batting average (.412). He was named to the first team of both the All-NEC and All Tri-County teams. He then played at Lakeland Community College and led the team with a .472 batting average in 1977. Reho played 1 season at the University of Akron and graduated from there in 1985 while beginning a long-and-stellar career in adult amateur baseball in 1980. Reho was a major offensive and defensive contributor for 5 years with the Hudson Mohawks Chiefs in the Greater Akron AA League and then went on to earn multiple all-star selections in a 25-year career at various levels in Roy Hobbs leagues. He currently plays on the WolfDogs and Akron Blues. A feared power hitter as well as standout bunter and slick-fielding second baseman and shortstop who was outstanding turning double plays, Reho won Roy Hobbs league championships with the WolfDogs and Blues and was selected as a team MVP in the Roy Hobbs World Series. Reho has remained associated with the great game of baseball as an assistant varsity baseball coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 1995, was president of the Copley Athletic Association Rec baseball teams in 2010-11 and is currently coaching a team with Copley Youth 12u Travel Baseball that includes his 12-year-old son Joseph.|
|Richardson||Ed||1987||1980||The late Ed Richardson strongly believed in giving the young ballplayer a chance at furthering his baseball skills, and did so by sponsoring many youth teams and one of the most famous of all Akron teams...Krispy Kreme in the AA League. Ed's teams, especially under the guidance of Bob Simmons, Art Boyes, Bus Simpson, and Paul Rife, became known for their competitiveness and rewarded him with three championships in the late fifties. Among the players Ed would remember the most include: Jack Bisesi, Dave Young, Dean Dutton, Gene Michael, Mike Grimm, Marion Rossi, Skip Pope, and Roy Leafgren, who all went on to outstanding baseball careers on the local and national level. Ed sponsored the famous Krispy Kreme teams from 1946 to 1950, and again from 1953 through 1965.|
|Rickey||Branch||2004||2000||Ohio born and bred (Flat, Ohio), he played baseball in southern Ohio and coached at Ohio Wesleyan and Michigan University. After a mediocre career as a player and manager, he spent half a century in the front office as one of professional baseball's greatest visionary executives.With the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20's and 30's, Rickey invented the modern farm system, promoting a new way of training and developing players. Later with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he pioneered the use of baseball statistics. In 1945, he became the first executive to break baseball's color line when he signed Jackie Robinson, who became the modern Major Leagues' first African-American player. Rickey was also instrumental in introducing batting helmets to big league baseball and developing and promoting protective headgear.|
|Rieder||Earl||1986||1980||This Hall of Famer enjoyed 42 years of umpiring on the Akron area sandlots. Getting his start from the legendary Chet Foltz, Rieder worked many championship tournament games with his partner for many years, 1984 inductee Nick Frascella. From 1928-1969, Earl worked the sandlots with confidence and class. Earl enjoyed his work and at the same time earned the respect of many players who have said, "There never was a good reason or a bad call to argue with Earl." He did the job well, without controversy, and has fond memories of many players who passed through the Akron sandlots which he still cherishes to this day.|
|Rife||Eddie||1987||1980||Excelled in baseball, basketball and football at Ellet High School, and had a pair of outstanding seasons in baseball and basketball at Compton Junior College before beginning an 18-year class AA League career. Eddie was an excellent defensive player at all the infield spots, was a consistent .300 hitter, and finished his career as an All-Star first baseman. Eddie played with Chester's Diner, Barberton Weather-Seal and champion Krispy Kreme, Borden Auto and Tramonte Black Label teams before closing out his career with the champion Red Peppers. Ed was named to three All-Star teams and provided all his teams with clutch hitting from the left side of the plate. Ed joins his father, Paul Rife, as the second member of the Rife Family to be inducted into The Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.|
|Rife||Gary||2002||2000||Grew up in the Ellet youth leagues and became an outstanding defensive outfielder, clutch hitter and excellent base stealer. Was on title teams with Hoskins Olds, Rempel Deegees (Pony) Post 209 Legion champs and was All-City twice. He continued his fine play in AA with Border Autos, Bittinger Tires, 3 Steps Cafe, and Krispy Kreme. Gary averaged .280-.325 hitting and made the All-Star team as a Kreme. He also was All-Metro and All-District at Ellet and joins his dad Paul and brother Ed as GABHOF inductees.|
|Rife||Paul||1986||1980||He spent more than 50 years on the Akron sandlots, playing, managing and providing opportunities for the young players to get a good start in baseball. As a shortstop/third baseman, Rife proved to be an outstanding player in the Goodyear Heights youth leagues and with Goodyear Local in A League ball. After a few years of softball, he moved into managing baseball. His Post# 209 teams replaced the Akron Yankees as the top Legion team in the area, winning four League titles and three Legion tournament championships. From Legion ball, Paul started to bring in his former players to the tough AA League with Bittinger Tire, Three Steps Cafe and Krispy Kreme teams. Although not winning any titles, Rife's teams were always a contender for the crown and played the "spoiler" role on numerous occasions against the established veteran teams. Following AA League action, Paul returned to coaching youth leagues in the Ellet area and was rewarded when his Class D team captured two championships.|
|Rizzo||Dan||1999||1990||Son of the legendary softball Hall of Famer "Buster" Rizzo, Dan made a name for himself in baseball circles starting in Ellet Youth League as a speedy hard-hitting centerfielder and greedy base stealer. At Ellet High he was All-City in 1979 and moved into AA action with champion Akron Insulating after a stint with Hudson Mohawk Chiefs. Dan won the Frank Garcia Award in 1986 with champion CP Sales and was MVP of the Akron-Canton All-Star game. He played on four more CP Title teams in the next eight years and made four other All-Star teams as a hustling centerfielder, great leadoff hitter, and base stealer.|
|Robinson||Ed||2003||2000||A hard hitting first baseman in Belpre and then Toronto, Ohio youth leagues and high school, earning 1st team All-OVAC and 3rd team All-Ohio honors. He later played with East Liverpool AA teams and Roy Hobbs teams before having outstanding coaching success at Barberton High where his Magics posted a 142-58 record, won 5 Metro League titles '91-95, 5 district titles, had a state final match against eventual champ Moeller in '93 when Magics posted record season mark of 27-4 and he was named Coach of the Year. Now at Copley High since 1998, his Indians set a school record in '03 with 21-6 mark. he has also coached many youth league title teams.|
|Robinson||Ken||2000||2000||A package of inspiration, leadership and dynamite since his outstanding youth days with championship Manchester A's teams, he was an aggressive player for any spot on the field and eventually excelled as a right-handed pitcher and spark plug catcher. At Hoban High he became a two-time Beacon Journal Player of the Year for great defensive catching, clutch hitting and superb pitching. After a stint at Cleveland State U, Ken moved to Florida State primarily as a pitcher where he did very well. He played for the Tallmadge Stars, C+P Sales and Crockers during early college years and was drafted out of Florida State by the Toronto Blue Jays and had brief stints with the Jays and K.C. Royals, and although only 5'7"(but 185 pounds) put up some fine numbers as a reliever. In spring of 1999 Ken was on the Arizona Diamondbacks roster when a tragic traffic accident took his life. He is the 17th ex-major leaguer to be inducted.|
|Rollins||Rich||2001||2000||In the outstanding history of Kent State University baseball, Rich was one of the brightest stars. Told in his younger days that he could not run, hit, field, was not big enough, Rich proved all his critics wrong as he leftParma High and moved on to KSU as a second baseman who became a three-time All-Mid-American Conference first team selection, posted the second best career batting averagein Kent history: .383 behind Thurman Munson's .390. His best hitting season atKent was in 1959 when he stroked a .429 average. In 1961 he signed with the WashingtonSenators franchise which was moved to Minnesota. By June he made his big league debut with the Twins and in '62 was the Twins starting third baseman. he spent 8 years with the Twins with his best year in '63 as he hit .307 with 16 homeruns. He helped the Twins get to the 1965 World Series against the Dodgers and he also played for the Brewers, Indians, and Seattle Pilots. Finishing with a career .269 batting average with 77 homeruns, Rich was inducted into KSU (1977) and Summit County (1999) Halls of Fame.|
|Rollyson||Jeff||2010||2010||Jeff was a right-handed pitcher and shortstop in Ellet Youth Leagues. He led Ellet High to City Title in 1987, and was All-City and All-State for the Orangeman. He was a 4-year starter for Akron U. and was All-Mideast in 1993. Jeff is Zip career leader in stolen bases and runs scored. He was inducted into the Zip Hall of Fame in 2010. Jeff was also an AA" All-Star with Wadsworth AC, Champion C+P Sales, played on 4 All-Star teams, and won the 1989 Garcia MVP. He also played for Zanesville Greys and Columbus All Americans. As of this writing, Jeff coaches revived Highland High School winning teams.|
|Round||Bill||2002||2000||Another of the founding fathers of the famous Manchester A's baseball program. Bill was instrumental in helping to secure sponsors in the beginning when he, Kevin Dunn, and Jerry Vance started the A's. Some of the early sponsors who Bill recruited for financial or construction aid were: Jody Victor, Bob Seeley and Bob Lockhart of Lockhart Construction who all played a great hand in building Crown Field. Bill also helped a lot in producing the A's sketchbooks, as commissioner of Manchester baseball leagues, announcing games and generally doing whatever the A's needed as he would grind the millstone to aid in getting the job done.|
|Saccone||Dominic||1983||1980||In 37 years on the Akron sandlots, beginning with State Championship American Legion teams, Saccone left the memory of a hard-hitting, hustling, hard-nosed player in the minds of long-time Akron area baseball players and fans. Dom's baseball experience started early as he traveled with the older teams. From Legion ball, Saccone was a catcher on three City Series title teams at Akron's Garfield High, and he began his illustrious A League career with the Killian Celtics at the unbelievable age of 14. Upon leaving Garfield, Dom spent two seasons with the Cleveland Indians minor league system and then joined the U.S. Army for four years. He returned home to become part of several championship teams while catching for Borden Autos, Smith Sheriffs, Souvenir Beer, Canton Old Dutch, North Canton Hoover and Black Label teams. For four decades, the 30's through the early 60's, Saccone's play landed his name on many league All-Star teams.|
|Salem||Greg||2016||2010||Greg was born in Akron in 1961. He began playing baseball in the Copley Youth program and continued his playing for Copley High School. At Copley he was a two time All-Suburban League pitcher and shortstop. After high school, Greg began playing for the Hudson Mohawk Chiefs in the Akron AA league. He became a player/manager of the team during his 5 years there. He went on to play and manage for C P Sales in the AA league, as well as for Grandpa's Sportscards A's in the Roy Hobbs over 30 league. During his career, he was chosen to multiple all-star games, and coached and playedon multiple championship teamswith C P Sales and the A's. Also during the 80's and 90's Greg was a high school baseball coach for 14 years. He was the head coach for Copley High and Cloverleaf High, and an assistant at North Olmsted and Revere High Schools. Greg currently resides in Wadsworth, Ohio with his wife Gail, and their children Ryan and Madison.|
|Saltis||Larry||1988||1980||A former pitcher and first baseman on the youth level, and at Lore City High School, and for the Athens Merchants for three years while at Ohio University, Larry stayed close to the action as a coach and umpire for 34 years in the Akron area, including 20 years as an umpire on the local sandlots. The G.A.B.H.O.F. Committee has selected Larry for induction this year for his outstanding dedication and service as an umpire for those 20 years.|
|Sams||Jim||2017||2010||Following his graduation from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1968, Sams was taken in the third round of the amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who offered him a $3,000 bonus and a new Corvette. Sams turned it down and went to Miami (Ohio) University instead, earning a letter in 1970 as a pitcher. When Sams worked out for the Pirates, his catcher was noted major leaguer Manny Sanguillen, who said Sams was the hardest thrower he had ever caught. In 1971, his fastball having been clocked at 95 miles-per-hour, Sams was drafted again, this time by the Cleveland Indians, who took him in the second round of the secondary phase of the draft. Sams reported to the rookie league Gulf Coast Indians in 1971 and used his high-powered fastball to compile a 4-1 record with five saves and a 3.29 ERA, striking out 47 in 41 innings. The next year, Sams pitched for Class A Reno in the California League and struggled because of a serious arm injury, compiling a 7.96 ERA in only 26 innings. As a high school flame thrower, Sams was selected All-Ohio in 1967 and 1968 and was a major contributor to Cuyahoga Falls' 36-2 record his senior season.|
|Sams||Tony||1983||1980||If you wanted to mass produce gifted infielders who could make the play from anywhere on the diamond, come up with the clutch hit when needed or give 120 percent, you would use Tony Sams as a model. Sams' play could be categorized as, "He might have been the best." Tony is best remembered for his All-Star style of play while helping the Borden Auto teams of the late 1940's and 50's to League titles. Sams first came to Akron in 1939 when the New York Yankees assigned him to their Class C Akron Yankees team in the Mid-Atlantic League. He was a fan favorite for two seasons in Akron, and moved up to Binghamton, N.Y. in 1941. After an injury, he was moved to Norfolk, VA. His professional experience had included exhibition games with big leaguers. He considered Lefty Gomez the greatest he had faced, but he noted that he had played on the same field with Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Charlie "King Kong" Keller, Frankie Crosetti and others from the New York Yankees glory years.|
|Sarver||John||1994||1990||Baseball has been a part of John's life since he began to play in the Ellet area program at age 8. At Ellet High School he lettered 3 years, helping to win 3 district championships. He went to Orlando, Florida and played for Valencia Junior College, where they were Division I champions for 2 years. At Austin Peay State University he pitched and served as pitching coach. In the Greater Akron area he played with Red Peppers, Akron Insulating, Pfeifle's Undertaking, Ellet Graphic Arts, Forest City, Stow Quality Cleaners and Akron Omnicor. He was All-City at Ellet in 1972 and 1973. He was on the AA League All-Star Team on 8 occasions. He was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference Team in 1977. He had 2 no-hitters and was 8th in the nation with a 1.23 ERA. In addition to being an outstanding pitcher, he has the skill to teach his knowledge to others. As a coach he has won championships at Kenmore High, Buchtel High and at Hoban High schools. He was named Coach of the Year in the Tri-County Conference and in 1993 was selected to coach the Akron Entry in the State All-Star Series in Columbus, Ohio. Hecame out of retirement to play in theSenior League with the Akron Blues baseball team.|
|Saylor||Drew||2014||2010||From a young age living in Wadsworth, it was quite apparent that Drew Saylor had a great love for the game of baseball and the talent and coaching available to be able to play the game at a very high level. Saylor continued to remain ahead of the game. And that's still true, even though Saylor's stellar career in youth, high school college and professional baseball is over. Saylor currently is in his second year as manager of the Tri-City Dust Devils, a short-season Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. What makes Saylor, 32, unique in his professional capacity is that he is the youngest manager at any level of baseball of a team with MLB connections. Saylor's high school career was highlighted by becoming the first player to be named Medina County Player of the Year twice. He also was selected as the Beacon Journal District Player of the Year for the 5-county area as a senior in 2002. He was a 4-time All-Suburban League honoree. He also excelled at the Division I collegiate level, becoming a 4-year starter. He was one of the top hitters on the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in 2003 and 2004 and then transferred to Kent State University, where he captured the Mid-American Conference batting title in 2006 and was recognized as a first-team All-America selection by Louisville Slugger and The Sporting News. Saylor was a 13th-round pick by the Florida Marlins in the 2006 draft. He played minor-league ball for the Marlins and later led the Lake Erie Crushers to the 2009 Frontier League title. He was hired as a minor-league hitting coach by the Colorado Rockies in 2011. He was promoted to a managerial position in 2013.|
|Scherzer||Conrad||1984||1980||When "Connie" Scherzer took the mound in the 1940's and '50's, the rival nine were always in for a tough day and the spectators were treated to a well-pitched game. The Central High grad moved into A League play at age 16 with the Golden Age team. After a season with New Haven Cafe, Scherzer was off to serve three years in WWII with the Army. Five years with the Chicago Cubs minor league system followed his service time. He then returned to Akron in 1950 to help the Borden Autos capture the NEO title. In 1951, he posted a 32-4 pitching record and was named to the Sporting News All-Star team. Three years later the right-hander won 19 games and threw two no-hitters. When the Borden Autos disbanded, Connie went first with Canton Road Furniture and then closed his career with the Black Labels.|
|Schoonover||Dick||1985||1980||Deceased||A lanky right-hander out of East High where he had three no-hitters for the championship Oriental teams, Dick joined the Moore wrestlers in 1947 as a junior at East and started spinning wins with a 9-1 record. He joined the Borden Autos in 1948 and responded with a 13-3 record before spending three years with the Philadelphia A's minor league system and two more with Cincinnati. After a long bout with tendonitis, "Schoony" joined the Black Labels for six years before closing out his career as player/manager in directing Akron Insulating to a couple of League championships. Despite hurling many fine games, one of his most talked about games was in 1966 when he "scattered" 16 hits while shutting-out a Nino's team. Schoony has also been called upon by youth, high school, and local college teams for his expertise in teaching young pitchers.|
|Schoonover||Hal||1992||1990||Deceased||Hal started playing ball on the East Akron sandlots as an outfielder and became a pretty fair catcher at East High for four years, where he was a teammate of Gene Woodling, (our 1989 H.O.F.). He later developed his talents at Kent State U as a three year starter and also began A ball with Moore Wrestlers, Havre Chevy, the 1948-50 champion Borden Autos and retired with the Ravenna V.F.W. team. Hal was a .315-.325 hitter and a good RBI man. As a high school teacher and coach, he reinstituted baseball at North High in 1950, after it had been disbanded during the war years. During his own stint in service, Hal was the leading hitter for Abilene, Texas base title team in 1945 after having helped Lincoln, Nebraska win the 1944 2nd Airforce title. Hal was inducted into the 1985 Summit County sports Hall of Fame and served as president and general chairman in 1991.|
|Schratz||Joe||2014||2010||Stow resident Joe Schratz has no trouble remembering the most dynamic moment of his memorable career in baseball. The fact that he didn't have a bat or glove in his hand did not bother the former Arizona State University player. He was living an umpire's ultimate dream. I was standing on the lip of the grass during the National Anthem and tears were running down my face, he said. I was so happy I was crying ; I was going to work a major-league game. The Pittsburgh native and former standout baseball player at South Hills Catholic High School was working a game in his hometown at Three Rivers Stadium. Schratz worked 2 more games at Three Rivers Stadium as replacement umpire in April 1976 and 3 years later worked an additional 34 National League games in 1979 during a strike by umpires. Schratz first began umpiring during a 4-year stint playing ball in the United States Marine Corps' Special Services division. He and other Corps players umpired games involving kids of all personnel at the camp. That ignited a 44-year career in which Schratz, whose career was sidetracked by a knee injury suffered while playing in the service games, became recognized as one of the top collegiate umpires in the country. Schratz umpired on the highest levels of college baseball and in the professional ranks in the Eastern League from 1979 through 2005, retiring after undergoing 3 complete knee replacements and having both hips replaced. Schratz, who worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, capped his stellar 44-year umpiring career by umpiring nearly 40 Class AA professional games in 2005, with his final game at Canal Park.|
|Schumacher||Hal||1991||1990||A lefty swinging, solid defensive outfielder for 20 years on the Akron sandlots played with Champion National A.C. and American Legion youth teams and Gray's IGA; South High ('38-41), then with Orphans (1942). Served in Navy '43-46, Firestone Local #5 1946, Kenmore Tavern ('47-48) and Akron U where he lettered three years. He played with Norka Plating and Havre Chevy ('48-50); and with Champion Borden Autos, Souvenir Beer, Old Dutch Beer, Canton Road Furniture before ending with Howe construction and Zoff Heating in '55-56. Was named to four all-star teams. Also umpired for 22 years on local collegiate level.|
|Seeker||Don||2004||2000||Don was a strong-hitting and cannon-armed outfielder. Grew up in Tallmadge, played on Little League, Mickey Mantle and Connie Mack State title teams. He was 3-time All-Metro selection at Tallmadge High while picking up a Connie Mack MVP tourney award. Don earned a scholarship to Miami of Ohio as the Redskins won the MAC in 1979 and were runner-ups in 1980 and 1981. Don played for champion Akron Insulating AA teams, made the All-Star team twice and delivered the game-winning RBI hit in the 1979 AA title game. After a stint in the KC Royals minor leagues, Don returned home to coach Tallmadge High during 8 successful years. His teams were State Tournament Runner-ups in 1996-2000-2001 and won the State tournament in 2002, the first Summit County public school to win that title. His teams won four Suburban League titles. Don is currently Athletic Director at Tallmadge High.|
|Serfass||Bruce||2013||2010||A three-year starter for Dave Young at Tallmadge H.S. (1968-70). Named to the All-Metro Team all three years (at three different positions) and won MVP honors in 1970. Played two years at the University of Akron. He went on to play for several years in the Akron AA League for Wayne Knolls Farms and league champion, Eaton Sports Pride where he was named to the Akron AA All-Star Team.|
|Shaffer||Bob||2002||2000||Outstanding righthanded pitcher and shortstop growing up in the Cuyahoga Falls youth leagues where he fired 10 no-hitters: In little league-5, F league-3, Falls High-2, and helped many youth teams to titles including the Braves, Civitan, and Wildcats traveling team. At Falls high his 21 wins are still a school record; he was All-Diamond conference, All-Ohio and became an outstanding centerfielder as well. Bob was a 4-year starter in center at Stetson University with a .297 average. In class AA, he was an All-Star for Hudson Mohawk Chiefs and champion Forest City and Crocker's teams.|
|Shaw||Dick||2001||2000||Has spent 40 years devoted to youth baseball on all age levels and has played a huge roll in modernizing Summit County programs. Dick began his coaching career with the Cuyahoga Falls Little League south '66-73; then went on to Falls Park Rec Royals, '74-77; State Road Shopping Center '78-91 that became RT Medical, and won the CABA National championship in 1993. He was elected president of Greater Akron Baseball Federation in 1985, serving until 2001, starting with 16 teams playing 14U and 16U ball. Dick is very proud that under his leadership the GABF has expanded to 7 age divisions involving 80 teams in league and traveling action. Overall his teams combined to put a sparkling 578-126 record (82%), won nine League titles and eleven State championships. He has also established a web-site for the GABF: gabf.net that you can check out for the history of this outstanding youth organization."|
|Sibbio||John||2001||2000||Has coached, managed, sponsored and umpired for teams in Akron, Tallmadge and Brimfield for more than 26 years. He played at Akron Garfield for Hall of Famer Phil Dienoff and Carter- Jones Connie Mack teams '57-59. John was instrumental in the expansion and bringing top quality tournaments to Brimfield in the early '80's. He coached teams for Maplecrest Golf Course and Portage West before moving on in the '90's with the Akron A's including a 59-4 record, a NABF National Title and the Junior Olympics runner up in Coral Springs, Florida. In the mid-'90's he coached "The Boys of Summer" outstanding squads and went back to the A's '96 through '98, winning a Cleveland Connie Mack title and two GABF titles. While with the A's his teams won 26 League first place trophies and numerous tournament wins in Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Texas and Ohio. John retired from baseball after the 1998 season. His last A's team won 5 of 6 tournaments they entered and posted a fabulous 61-7 record.|
|Simmons||Bob||1984||1980||Beginning as a versatile outfielder/shortstop for the Hower Department Store, Bob made his presence known around town. After a stint in the service, Bob played with Lakemore Nite Club and Canton Road Furniture before organizing, managing and playing for Krumroy Market and Redl Golf Shop and then "getting in the dough" for good when he started the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shop baseball era. Using talented high school stars, blended with capable veterans, Simmons' Krispy Kreme teams soon challenged and then overtook the powerful veteran teams of the mid-fifties, leading to three championship seasons and tournament appearances each year. His work on the diamond and the relationships he made enabled Bob to buy the Krispy Kreme Company, which he still continues to operate successfully today.|
|Single||Johnny||1993||1990||He was a classy shortstop who could hit and run with anyone. He came out of Barberton High School to play with the Firestone Locals in the Akron Industrial League. He moved to the Killian Celtics where he played in the N.B.F. tournaments in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, PA and Birmingham, AL. He played with the Akron Yankee Jrs. and then with the Sunset Parks (Barberton) team. While with the Sunset Parks, Johnny had 11 hits in 19 at bats in a Sunday/Monday doubleheader: 3-H.R., 1-triple, 1-double, 6-singles. In 1937 Johnny (playing for Sunset Parks), was voted the Suburban District winner of the "Greatest Sandlotter" contest held by the Times-Press. A total of 43,694 votes were cast in the contest. That got him a pro contract with the New York Yankee organization. An arm injury ended his pro aspirations. Returning to Akron he played on the Smith Sheriffs, Columbia Chemical, Koerber Beer, and Goodyear Wingfoot teams and was named on several All-Star teams. He later teamed with (1987) Hall of Famer Denny Galehouse and (1991) Hall of Famer Chuck Bloedorn in running a baseball clinic. His ability to convey baseball knowledge to youngsters was exceptional. His untimely death at age 74 in a Florida auto accident in January 1989 was a great loss to our game.|
|Sipka||John||1990||1990||Outstanding catcher in the twenties through the forties and later a manager of Little League and Pony League teams, John was not a big guy ... but played and coached the game big. After helping lead the St. Hedwig Jrs. to the 1923 Class C Title, John jumped into Class A ball with the North End Merchants in 1924. Then he played with B champ, Frank Madden Movers (1926), moved to N.O.P. Team (1929), Yellow Cabs (1931), St. Martha's (1932-36), and Dean Heights Baseball Club (1941-44). St. Martha won the Northeast Ohio League in '35 and '36. From 1952-55, John coached Kiwanis Little League and won a State title in 1955. He followed that with Akron West Pony League teams in 1956 and 1957, winning a State title in '57.|
|Sisler||George||1983||1980||After starring for 4 years at old Central High, Barberton BW in the A League, and 4 years at the University of Michigan, George Sisler skyrocketed to baseball immortality by batting .407 in 1920 and .420 in 1922 as a first baseman for the St. Louis Browns. He was one of only three players to ever hit over .400 twice during their career. His lifetime major league average was a fantastic .340. As a result, Sisler was elected to the "Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown" in 1939. In 1957, he was inducted as a charter member in the "Summit County Sports Hall of Fame." In 15 years in the major leagues, he only hit under .300 twice. He played for the St. Louis Browns from 1915-1927; the Washington Senators, 1928; and the Boston Red Sox, 1928-30. Sisler finished his career hitting .326 in the National League and .344 in the American League. In 1922 he became the first player ever named "Most Valuable Player" in the American League. He got 59 of the 64 votes. He was born March 24, 1893 and died March 26, 1973.|
|Sloop||Harold||1989||1980||A bulldog of a catcher with the General Tire teams in the '20-'30s and a teacher of the game as a coach at Cuyahoga Falls and Stow High for 30 years and at Akron U for five years, Harold's hard work over the years has paid off as his being one of the more respected baseball men ever in Summit County. Coached and developed five members of the elite Frank Garcia Award Group.|
|Smith||Art||1986||1980||He spent more than 50 years on the Akron sandlots, playing, managing and providing opportunities for the young players to get a good start in baseball. As a shortstop/third baseman, Rife proved to be an outstanding player in the Goodyear Heights youth leagues and with Goodyear Local in A League ball. After a few years of softball, he moved into managing baseball. His Post# 209 teams replaced the Akron Yankees as the top Legion team in the area, winning four League titles and three Legion tournament championships. From Legion ball, Paul started to bring in his former players to the tough AA League with Bittinger Tire, Three Steps Cafe and Krispy Kreme teams. Although not winning any titles, Rife's teams were always a contender for the crown and played the "spoiler" role on numerous occasions against the established veteran teams. Following AA League action, Paul returned to coaching youth leagues in the Ellet area and was rewarded when his Class D team captured two championships.|
|Smith||Don||2004||2000||Grew up playing baseball All-Star style at all positions in the Tallmadge Little League program and then Tallmadge Hot Stove, LockhartConstruction D and at Tallmadge High. Don was All-Metro and helped the Blue Devils get State Runner-up honors and in the All-Ohio series was the MostValuable Player in 1966. Don played mostly shortstop, pitcher and catcher but was used everywhere. He began his AA career with Airmatic Valve and had All-Star seasons with Dairy Queen, Bolin Oil and NEO A League State Champs Kent BC's Bus Stop, Rootstown R S Drywall, Ohio Buckeyes and Wadsworth. Don also played for championship Roy Hobbs Akron Blues teams.|
|Snider||Marshall||1995||1990||The GABHOF has always maintained, the most important part of our history has been that of our sponsors, without whom we would not have organized baseball. Certainly none have handled the role better than Marshall Snider. He founded the Sohio A.C., a team that played out of Maple Valley Field. During those bleak days of the depression, he provided the means for hundreds of young athletes to participate. He sponsored two teams, a home town team and a traveling team that helped to spread Akron's baseball name around Northern Ohio. He shuffled the players from team to team depending on the strength of the opposition. His generous attitude prompted Phil Dietrich, sports writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, to write a tribute, following his demise February 26, 1965, at the age of 67. Many of our current Hall of Famers owe their baseball start to this man's devotion to the youth of the Maple Valley area, coupled with his love of baseball. He was a lean, lanky, tobacco chewing character who operated a Sohio gas station at the corner of Copley Rd. and Hawkins Avenue. It was not an unusual sight to see him raking and working on the ball field between oil changes and fill-ups.|
|Sokol||Clarence||1996||1990||The City of Barberton has sent many premier baseball players into the GABHOF, and Clarence ranks among the best. He developed his pitching skills at Tallmadge High School, where he managed a 23-8 win-loss record. Upon moving to Barberton he began playing on the area's top teams until his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corp. While in the service he pitched against such big league stars as Ted Williams and Willie Mays. His catcher was Wes Westrum of New York Giant fame and he compiled a 13-3 record. Following his service commitment he returned to Barberton and played the next six years with such teams as the Clark Excavators, Wadsworth Merchants, Borden Autos, Krispy Kremes, P.O.C. Beers, and Ohio Merchants, having had winning records with each team. In 1956 he finished second in the voting for the Frank Garcia Award, losing to Hall of Famer Dean Dutton. Clarence was a member of eight championship teams and was selected on three All-Star teams.|
|Sonnanstine||Andy||2014||2010||Former Wadsworth High School standout Andy Sonnanstine made his most recent impression in the baseball circles of America as an author: "Tampa Bay Rays IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom." Before turning to the typewriter, Sonnanstine was writing records for Wadsworth High School and Kent State University along with pitching in the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 5 seasons. Sonnanstine experienced a dominant youth and high school experience growing up in Wadsworth. He earned a scholarship to pitch at perennial college powerhouse Kent State University. After struggling through two injury-plagued seasons at Kent State University, Sonnanstine exploded onto the radar screen of every big-league team when he posted to an 11-4 record with a 2.52 ERA in 2004. He was named Co-MVP of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in leading Kent State to the title and a berth in an NCAA regional event in South Bend, Ind. The hard-throwing right-hander was brilliant in his start in the Notre Dame Regional, allowing only 1 unearned run with 7 strikeouts as the fourth-seeded Golden Flashes upset the top-seeded Fighting Irish 2-1 in the opening game. Sonnanstine, who was drafted in the 13th round of the 2004 MLB Draft by Tampa Bay, signed with the Devil Rays shortly after Kent State was eliminated in the regional. It's been a dream of mine to play pro ball since I was 5 or 6 years old, Sonnanstine said, explaining why he gave up his final two years of eligibility at Kent State. This is something I've always wanted to do, and now the dream is knocking on my front door. Sonnanstine deftly answered the knocks of opportunity. He quickly rose through the Tampa Bay organization and reached the majors in the latter stages of the first half of the 2007 season after posting a 6-4 record with a 2.66 ERA at Class AAA Durham. He got his first big-league win on June 10 against the Florida Marlinsand went 6-10 with a 5.85 ERA as a rookie in 2007, then recorded a career-best 13 wins against nine losses and a 4.38 ERA in 2008. Sonnanstine recorded one of the biggest wins in franchise history on Oct. 6, 2008, when he beat the Chicago White Sox to clinch an American League Division Series for the Rays. He also beat the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, but suffered a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. He went 6-9 in 2009 and then his career was derailed by injuries. He was 3-1 in 2010 with Rays and then appeared in his final game Sept. 20, 2011, at the age of 28. He compiled a 28-31 record with a 5.26 ERA over 540.1 innings in his big-league career.|
|Spangler||Bob||2016||2010||Bob was born in Barberton Ohio in 1953 and has bled purple his entire life. He graduated from Barberton High School in 1971 and attended Malone College and the University of Akron. He has lived in the Magic City since birth. He is married to Jean Spangler and has a son Robert. The game of baseball has always been important to Bob. He has great memories of sandlot games and attending Cleveland Indians games with his family. A special treat as a young person was watching the Indians on TV. Bob began umpiring in 1984 and was fortunate to umpire many high school games as well as umpiring in tournaments. He umpired games in the Double AA league as well as many games in the Roy Hobbs leagues. Bob really enjoyed umpiring and, although not umpiring now, still enjoys rules and mechanic discussions. Bob was elected business manager of Summit Umpires in 1990 and has served in that position for 27 seasons. He has assigned over 60,000 games at all levels and there are almost as many stories as games assigned. He also has been very active in training and recruiting new umpires, working with Brian Harrell and Ron Reed since 2000. It has been a privilege to work with Ed Galloway all these years as he has served as secretary, Bob said. Bob was elected to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2012 as well as the Game Hogz Hall of Fame the same year. This group is the premier tournament crew in Ohio and he was privileged to mentor Larnie Martin in its formation. He has served as the Umpire Assignor for the Roy Hobbs World series in Fort Myers Florida since 2005 when Tom Giffen made him an offer I couldn't refuse. It has been his favorite scheduling experience as it is a great opportunity to work in an event that highlights the international flavor of the great game of baseball.|
|Spears||Ron||2014||2010||Ron Spears is trained well to know the law of the land as a highly respected attorney in Akron. But the Kentucky native readily answers to an even higher court as a standout baseball player. Spears, who moved to Akron in 1997, has been a standout on the diamond and has been consistently playing the game he is so passionate about since he was a 7-year-old in Kentucky. He played football, basketball and baseball at such a high level that he received college athletic scholarship offers in all 3 sports after a stellar career at Madison County High School, where he also excelled academically and was salutatorian of his senior class and a Presidential Scholar. It was inevitable that Spears would narrow his athletic path to baseball. He accepted a scholarship from Eastern Kentucky University. He lettered 3 years at EKU and was named the Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete as a junior and senior. He earned a bachelor's of arts degree in political science from EKU in 1992 and a master's degree in public administration at EKU in 1994. He then earned his juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law and became a practicing attorney. Despite his rigorous academic path, Spears never lost his passion for baseball. He has been a standout on several area teams during the past 17 seasons. He has been a 10-time all-star selection in the NEO-AAA and Greater Akron AA leagues. He won the Garcia Award in 2007 while playing for Wadsworth and was a Garcia finalist 4 other seasons. Spears was named George Sisler MVP of the Buckeye 18+ state championship tournaments in 2006. He was a key cog in Roy Hobbs championships in 4 seasons playing with the A's and Knights. Spears also found time in his busy professional, family and athletic lives to join the Kent Roosevelt High School baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach.|
|Spiroff||George||2003||2000||Rugged, hard hitting catcher from Lorain youth leagues and Southview High School where he was a two-time All-NEOCC selection, and an All-Ohio in 1977. He was a 4 year letterman at Kent State U: three-time MVP, team captain '80-81, All-Mideast Regional pick '80-91, All-American selection in 1980, set KSU records for homeruns, RBI and total bases, led team with .400 batting average in 1980. Spent two years in Giants minor league system, then returned to help Field Falcons win Akron AA titles in '83-94 and was MVP of '84 Stan Musial Tournament AABC. Inducted into the KSU HOF in 1990 and into the Lorain HOF in 1995. George unexpectedly passed away in August, 2008.|
|Stanford||Jason||2015||2010||Former Indians pitcher Jason Stanford lived the dream while he pitched in three different seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Along the way, Stanford provided thrills for fans of the Akron Aeros as the talented 6-foot-2 left-handed starting pitcher had two strong seasons and another two partial ones at Canal Park. The Arizona native was a standout at Barton County Community College in 1996 and 1997 and then was a two-time All-ACC honoree for the University of North. He signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians in November 1999. Stanford earned a promotion to the AA Aeros in 2000 near the end of the season and posted a win in the only game he pitched. He received the Bob Feller Award as the top pitcher in the Indians' minor-league system. Stanford was 6-11 with a 4.07 ERA as a member of the Aeros starting rotation and earned a promotion to AAA Buffalo at the end of the 2001 season. He also was a member of the TEAM USA and earned a silver medal at the World Cup in Taiwan. He was back in Akron's rotation in 2002 and compiled a 7-6 record with 3.43 ERA with the Aeros before moving up to Buffalo. He was impressive at the AAA level with a 3-1 record and 2.78 ERA. He made his major-league debut in 2003 against the Twins and went on to post a 1-3 record with 3.60 ERA in 50 innings. He started the 2004 season as the Tribe's fifth starter and got off to a strong start with an 0.82 ERA in 11 innings. But arm problems necessitated Tommy John surgery. He worked his way back to the Tribe in 2007 to pitch in two games, but was released in 2008. He later tried to make comebacks with the Nationals, Cubs and Indians. Since retiring, Stanford has been a broadcaster in Northeastern Ohio, high school coach at Howland High School and pitching coach at Youngstown State University.|
|Stanoch||Jerry||1998||1990||Distinguished himself through the Akron Omnicor Corporation as a huge supporter of amateur baseball in the Akron area from 1982 through 1989 and today as a Walsh Jesuit High School baseball booster. Jerry's love of the game and going to to the games as maybe a relief from the business world, brought him to sponsor as many as three teams in a single season on three different age levels, 14-16, 17-18, and AA. And some of the youth teams played in two different leagues in the same season. Jerry's Akron Knights 1982-83 teams won three league and one district championship. His other youth teams were always top contenders. In AA action, Akron Omnicor won League titles in 1985 and 1988.|
|Starn||David||2014||2010||David Starn has gone through his entire baseball career a victim of speed discrimination. But at each level, the young man who personifies the term crafty lefty has beaten the odds and proven that he knows how to pitch and win baseball games even if doesn't throw hard enough to make the radar gun get excited. The lifetime Hudson resident was given a shot with the high-powered Walsh Jesuit High School baseball team and responded by being a starting pitcher for 3 seasons and helping the Warriors win Division II state championships in 2006 and 2008. Kent State offered Starn a uniform and a chance to pitch. He developed into a 4-year letterman who established several school records including most wins (29) and was the ace of the staff when KSU made the first appearance in school history by a male team in an NCAA championship event in 2012 at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The former walk-on was named the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2012 when he posted an 11-3 record and 2.25 ERA. He also earned second-team All-America honors. He was the MVP of the MAC Tournament in both 2011 and 2012 and was a first-team All-MAC honoree in 2011 and 2012 and a second-team selection in 2010. Starn's continued development and ability to consistently locate his pitches and change speeds convinced the pitching-rich Atlanta Braves to take a shot on him in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. Starn signed with the Braves and was sent to the franchise's Class A team in Rome, Ga. Starn, who had been suffering from arm problems at the end of the long college season, pitched a couple games and then was shut down by the Braves. He underwent labrum surgery on his pitching shoulder in May 2013 and spent the next 10 months rehabbing his shoulder in Orlando. Starn reported to the Braves' spring training facility at the Disney complex in March and was released. Starn is continuing to work to regain his pitching form and is optimistic that he will be able to hook on with another organization next spring when his shoulder is completely healed. He also is continuing work to finish his degree at Kent State University.|
|Staudt||Joe||1988||1980||"Lefty" Joe was a stellar pitcher for three years while at Buchtel High. He continued his pitching with Akron U, where he was the number one pitcher for four successful years in the late forties. In the summer of 1950 he signed with the Dodger organization, but was called away by the service late in the 1951 season. Staudt's AA League playing days began with Moore's Wrestlers while a sophomore at Buchtel. He later joined the champion Borden Autos where his "Sinker Ball" helped the Autos get three straight AABC State Titles. In 1948, in the record-setting 17 scoreless innings win of Bordens over Alabama, Joe gave up just one hit through eleven innings before being relieved for a fresh arm. In National championship play he recorded 29 consecutive scoreless innings and 39 consecutive unearned run innings while twice being named to the tournaments All-Star team.|
|Stefko||Frank||1983||1980||Born on Christmas Day, 1902, this Hall of Famer began playing baseball in Scranton, PA. He put nearly 20 years of pro ball in the Yankee chain, and then came to Goodyear. After 10 years with Goodyear, Frank played with the Yellow Cabs, Akron Guards and Philco teams. In 1945, at the age of 42, Frank was an important cog in the Akron Orphans drive to the NABF National Championship. Newspaper clippings tell us that Stefko could really drive the ball far, had a whip arm to throw out runners from his outfield post, and had excellent control on the mound.|
|Steinriede||Bill||1997||1990||Bill's ability and skills became apparent as a high schooler at RogerBacon High in Cincinnati. His stellar play earned him three varsity letters as well as All-City MVP recognition in 1963. Kent State University Golden Flashes presented Bill with a scholarship where he won three letters, set an NCAA record for four consecutive doubles, was a second team All-MAC selection and led Kent hitters with a .311 batting average in 1965. While at Kent and after, he continued as a hitting terror and fielding whiz in the AA League with Airmatic Valve, champion Wayne Knolls Farms and champion Akron Insulating teams. Besides playing on four title teams, Bill was a three-time All-Star selection, was player-manager of Insulating Teams for three years, and led the Insulators in hitting 1972-73.|
|Stembridge||Jerome||1997||1990||Throughout the history of Akron baseball the most important role has been that of the sponsor. None have handled the part better than Jerome Stembridge. He provided the means to promote the game citywide, but primarily in the Elizabeth Park community. His generosity gave many athletes the opportunity to be better than their environment. His dedication to our youth though the lean years as well as the good years made baseball possible for those great players of the urban West side. Several present Hall of Famers played on his teams sunch as Ed Finney, Thurston Walker, Bobby Nash, Eddie Elias, Joe Harris, Don Tyler, Jimmie Johnson and many other likely candidates for this honor. We owe much to the "Scatmans" memory.|
|Sturm||Byron||1998||1990||Spent 16 years on the Akron sandlots as a coach, manager, and general manager who some years fulfilled all three duties for two or three different age level teams in the same season. Byron's career began in 1975 with St. Sebastian CYO and GABF 13-14 year old teams, and in 1981 he assumed managership of the Hoban Merchants (15-16), which he then expanded to include Akron Knights-Omnicor (17-18), Don Smith Hoban Erectors (15-16), and Akron Omnicor in the AA league in 1983. His calm, wise leadership in developing a "feeder" system for AA ball paid off in 1985 and 1988 when his Omnicor teams won AA championships. His youth teams won 11 various league titles. He posted the best managing record of all AA teams in the 1980's and he was awarded the Frank Garcia Award in 1986 for helping keep the AA League alive with administrative work and by bringing in extra financial support from his sponsors.|
|Tabaka||Jeff||2003||2000||Born in Barberton, grew up in Copley as talented left handed pitcher/-outfielder and hitter. Was on many youth title teams and was All-Suburban League and All-District for the Indians. Earned 4 letters at Kent State U: '83-86 established Kent record for saves in a season and career, and pounded out a .350 career batting average. In 1986 he was first team all-MAC and All-District 4, and 3rd team All-America. Helped Field Falcons win Akron AA League titles in '93-94, was Frank Garcia Award recipient '83. Jeff then spent 17 years in professional baseball including major league seasons with the Pirates, Padres, Astros, Reds and Cardinals. Inducted into the KSU HOF 1998.|
|Testa||Lou||1988||1980||A leg injury curtailed Lou's playing days, but did not take him off the field as he turned to managing and had an outstanding career as the pilot of many area teams. As far as highlights are concerned, Lou doesn't look back at win-loss records, but he would rather reminisce about the development of his players, both on and off the field. There is no doubt of his ability to help develop players into having long and successful careers by the fact that eleven of his former players have already been inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame. Lou began his career in the late twenties as an infielder, primarily as shortstop with Farewell Billiards, Northern Ohio Power and Light, Goodyear Wingfoots, and the 1932 champion St. Martha teams. After suffering the leg injury, Lou took to managing with the North Akron Merchants, Hungerford Drugs, the 1935 State Champion, Atlantic Foundry, that got to the NBC Finals in Witchita, Kansas that year, and he closed out his brilliant coaching career with the Goodrich Local #5 teams."|
|Thrasher||Lewis||1993||1990||Began pitching for Post #209 and the Hungerford Drugs youth teams. His high school career took place in Lawrenceburg, TN, where his pitching prowess got him on the B.F. Goodrich Thomastown, GA, semi-pro team. He returned to Akron to play with the Killian Celtics and become one of Joe Winkler's aces. He joined the Smith Sheriffs and pitched in two All-Star games at Goodyear Seiberling Field. Lew signed a pro contract with Nashville in the Southern Association, who sent him to Eufaula, AL. From there he played with Abbeyville, LA and was reassigned to Tallahassee, FL in the Georgia-Florida League. The following year he went to Tyler, TX in the East Texas League before being called back to Nashville, TN. He concluded his pro career at Beckley, WVA in the Mid-Atlantic League. Lew's lifetime ERA average was less than 3.|
|Todd||Dick||1989||1980||Career began in '44 with Akron Yankee Jr. team in Firestone Park, was a three-year starter and All-Metro as a centerfielder for Coventry High; played 10 years "AA" ball with Turner Wallpaper, Army-Navy 268, Canton Road Furniture, Tiny's Orphans, and Champion Borden Autos. Was a three-year letterman at Kent State and captain his senior season. Was named to five AA All-Star teams for his fine defensive play, clutch hitting, and led league in runs scored four times. Finished his career with Elizabeth City, N.C. and then coached several youth championship teams in the Firestone Park-Coventry area.|
|Toepfer||Bob||1993||1990||Made his presence known on the Akron sandlots as a rugged, tough competitor who smashed base hits to all fields. What he may have lacked in finesse, he made up in determination to win. He helped the Ohio Boxboard, Wadsworth V.F.W., Rittman Packaging, Moore Wrestlers, Canton Road Furniture, Erhart Kramers, and finally the Krispy Kremes to win championships and to be quality teams. His batting average was always above .300 and he usually led in R.B.I.'s. Bad knees prevented his signing a Cleveland Indian organization contract. In spite of his size, he was a gentle person who spent much of his time (following his playing days) devoted to the youth of his community. Because of his leadership and devotion, Denville, NJ's Little League had 700+ kids in its program. Bob died of leukemia in 1980 at a young age. A great loss to our game.|
|Tramonte||Jack||1983||1980||Through his interests in amateur sports, and personal influence, Jack Tramonte, along with his brother, Don, and the Tramonte Distributing Company, sponsored the powerful and tremendously successful Black Label teams of the 1960's that have been a model of excellence for the Class AA League. Along with winning eight championships in nine years, the Labels became one of the strongest and most feared teams on the State and National levels. Jack Tramonte not only provided his own teams with everything they needed to display their winning style of baseball, but could always be counted on to help other teams keep the AA League alive.|
|Tyler||Don||1993||1990||Came out of North High School as an infielder, but quickly converted to a catcher. He played on such teams as the Akron Blue Sox and the John Fulton Post #272 in the youth leagues. He spent a year at Toledo University, where he teamed with Hall of Famer Bobby Nash on area semi-pro teams. His first Akron AA League team was Holland Furnaces. World War II interrupted his baseball playing days for nearly 4 years, while he served as a paratrooper. During the training at Camp Breckenridge he managed the base team. On returning to the Akron area, Don joined the Stembridge All-Stars for several years. Then he closed out his baseball career with the Elite Billiards team. Don was a consistent .300 hitter. He played for 3 championship teams, and was selected to 2 All-Star teams."|
|Vance||Jerry||2002||2000||Career as an outstanding right-handed pitcher and third baseman began in North Akron G-F-E teams and then at Hower High where he was an All-City hurler 1962-63. In '79, Jerry joined Kevin Dunn and Bill Round in forming the famous Manchester A's. From 1980-1993, Jerry's "E" teams posted an amazing 617-138 record, winning numerous titles including the 1990 NABF National Championship. He was Ed Robinson's pitching coach at Barberton High where the Magics posted a 72-18 mark in '91-'93, and were state finalists in 1993. He became Tim Ridgley's pitching coach at Massillon High in '94 (state finalist) and in seven years since, the Tigers have a 156-73 record. Jerry is extremely proud of the more that 150 A's players that went on to college with scholarship and who played pro: Ken Robinson Jr., Ty Kovach, Jeremy Schner, Craig Bush, and Jim Farrell.|
|Vargo||Ed||2000||2000||A .400 hitting outfielder and strong lefty pitcher, he began his career in the Firestone Park Youth leagues playing with numerous title teams and then at St. Vincent-St. Mary High and Hoban Merchants and Akron Knights title teams. While at Xavier University, Ed also played with Akron Omnicor and Crocker's on title and All-Star teams. At Xavier Ed hit .300+, was Midwestern City Conference All-Tournament, '85. In ten AA seasons Ed hit .400+ five times, the best was .458 in '89. Pitching-wise he was first called on as reliever at Xavier, and in AA after starting as a youngster became one of the top pitchers in AA. Ed received the AA Frank Garcia Outstanding Player Award in 1984 while hitting .439, 31 RBI, 21 steals and only 6 strikeouts in 132 at bats. He was named to 10 All-Star teams.|
|Ventura||John||2017||2010||For more than a quarter of a century Ventura has played or coached in the Akron area, accomplishing much on the field and helping at least 77 prep players get the opportunity to play at the college level. Ventura grew up in Stow and pitched for Walsh Jesuit High School from 1990 to '94, before matriculating at Walsh College in Canton and becoming an all-conference pitcher in 1997. He played amateur baseball for more than a decade in the NEO Class AAA and A leagues and the Akron AA League. Ventura was the 2002 MVP in the A League and Cy Young winner with an 8-0 record and 1.17 earned-run average. Ventura won championships with Kent VFW, Sharon Center (Cox Painting) and the Colonels. As a coach, he was a part of the Walsh High staff that guided the team to state championships in 2006 and 2008 and received the Walsh High Steve Grescovich Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Ventura, who lives in Norton, co-owns the IVL Baseball Academy in Wadsworth and works in the Summit County Prosecutor's Office.|
|Victor||Jody||2004||2000||Jody was an integral part of forming the Manchester A's very successful youth baseball program. He grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, was an All-Star second baseman in the Falls youth leagues, but his forte was to be in the business world. After college and time in the Army, Jody launched his own-to-be successful business. As a result he able to give and raise funds to provide opportunities for young players to enjoy baseball. A field of dreams became a reality when he financed the construction of Crown Field that helped the Manchester A's bring a new level of excellence in the Manchester and Summit County area. From the building of Crown Field to sponsoring of many teams, purchasing uniforms, equipment and providing all the tools for a winning spirit that helped many players get the incentive to move on to a college education and baseball career.|
|Vukovich||Ross||2017||2010||As proof that athletes don't tire of winning, Vukovich has played or managed on 21 league and tournament title teams plus eight Roy Hobbs World Series championship clubs and is still in the game. At North Canton Hoover High, Vukovich was MVP and named to the All-Stark County Team in 1979. He was all-conference twice at West Liberty College then earned a Master of Science degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1985. Vukovich began playing in the Canton Class A League in 1980 and remained in the league for 20 years, becoming part of an NABF national championship team in 1994 and an AABC national title team in 1998. He earned a place in the Stark County Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. Since 2014, Vukovich has been hitting coach for the Croation National Team. He also has been an assistant coach at Jackson Township High school since 2014.|
|Walker||Thurston||1989||1980||Outstanding three-sport star at West High in football, basketball, and baseball. Proved very versatile on the diamond as he blended his defensive skills to be able to handle the second-third-shortstop spots and the outfield while displaying hitting with power and excellent base-stealing ability. Played for championship class B, C, and D teams from 1941-44 and at West High, '45-47. Played for Holland Furnace, then moved to Stembridge All-Stars (1949 All-Star shortstop), Elite Billiards, and Royal Vagobonds. After a stint in Korea, he finished with the talented Krispy Kremes, 1953-55.|
|Warder||Dan||1988||1980||Although only 5'9", 145-pounds, Dan proved to be an outstanding defensive player in the first base position. Beginning in his youth days in the Springfield Township area and continuing through ten years in the AA league, he made up for his lack of size by becoming a key member of his teams. Dan consistently hit around the .300 mark, proved to be a clutch hitter and a magician with the bat when it came to bunting. Rarely did he make an error, as he had a lifetime .960 fielding average. He was also very adept at pickoff plays and the old hidden ball trick. Dan was named to three All-Star teams while playing for the Blatz Beer, Tiny's Orphans, Azar-Denholm, Kippy-Heathco, and Nino's Lounge teams.|
|Warren||Hal||1994||1990||He graduated from Central High School with an impressive record, having earned 9 letters (4 in baseball). He joined the Early Borden Auto Team as their ace pitcher. He attended Kent State University for a time, before signing a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs organization in 1946. He was sent to Hutchington, Kansas, where even though he was a pitcher, he was called on to pinch hit for an injured player and his debut in pro baseball resulted in a double. He moved up the Cub organization to Elisabethon, Tennessee, Springfield, Massachusetts and finally to Portsmouth, Virginia. In 1950 he returned to Akron, helping Krispy Kremes with a championship. He pitched 6 consecutive victories at one stretch. He had a lifetime ERA of less than 3 runs.|
|Wawrin||Pete||1987||1980||Pete was a former outfielder in the Akron Youth leagues, and in the class AA League for Golden Age in the early forties, before turning to working the games as an umpire. A hard-working and "easy to get along with official," Pete enjoyed 25 years of action in making the calls on the local sandlots, College ball, and National tournament play as well. Pete also served on various youth league boards, and was a sporting official officer with 20 years of dedicated service.|
|Weiner||Scott||2017||2010||When he was 7, in 1967, Scott Weiner began playing in the West Akron Baseball League. He is still playing today in the Roy Hobbs program. Weiner was a four-time team MVP in the WABL and a four-time Roy Hobbs team MVP. At Firestone High, Weiner started for three seasons and made honorable mention All-City. He also played on GABF teams during the summer, before playing at Denison Unversity in 1979 and 1980. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Weiner attended the University of Cincinnati medical school then returned to do his residency in orthopedic surgery at Summa (City Hospital). Weiner became head of Summa's orthopedic residency program in 1992 and 14 years later was elevated to chair of orthopedics. His baseball career also continued in Roy Hobbs. At Firestone High, Weiner started for three seasons and made honorable mention All-City. He also played on GABF teams during the summer, before playing at Denison Unversity in 1979 and 1980. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Weiner attended the University of Cincinnati medical school then returned to do his residency in orthopedic surgery at Summa (City Hospital). Weiner became head of Summa's orthopedic residency program in 1992 and 14 years later was elevated to chair of orthopedics. His baseball career also continued in Roy Hobbs. Weiner has been an avid supporter of youth baseball, sponsoring WABL teams for 20 years, managing a G League team for four years and spending 10 years on the WABL Board of Directors.|
|Weirath||Bob||1995||1990||Weirath, a right-handed throwing, left-handed batter, spent his playing days as a first baseman. Starting in 1930 with the Barnett Grocers and then with the Shaffer Field All-Stars, he made his presence known as a difficult out. In 1934 and 1935 his play helped the Akron Pelicans win two Class B City titles. This team became the Silver Seals and won league championships in 1936 and 1937. Having obtained work at B.F. Goodrich Co., he played with the Goodrich Local #5 team for four years, helping them win the AA Title in 1941. Joining the service he played for the Honolulu Athletics in the Hawaiian League.He signed a Boston Red Sox organization contract and was assigned to the Class C Canton Terriers of the Mid-Atlantic League. But he refused a reassignment to a D League because of work related commitments. He continued to play in the AA League with the Moore Wrestlers until 1948, an active baseball life of 18 years, which included seven championships and three All-Star honors. He once had a streak of 10 hits in 10 consecutive at bats. He maintained a lifetime batting average of over .333.|
|Welch||Art||2002||2000||Outstanding shortstop growing up in the youth leagues of Delta, Ohio before playing 12 years with five-time AA Champ Toledo Dunbar Drilling, including an appearance in the coaching ranks at Kunkle Ohio High where he was also head basketball coach and principal. He then went to Fayette High for six years and one year at Rockford Parkway before becoming and assistant varsity and head freshman coach at Kent State University in 1961. The same year he joined the Tramonte Black Label dynasty and was a seven-time All-Star, closing out his playing career in 1968 when he hit .414 with 17 homeruns. Art became Kent's head coach in 1972 and held the reins until 1981.|
|West||Glen||1991||1990||Sponsor of The West Chevrolets. Mr. West's dedication to helping the youth of his communities is well documented, but probably no more so than in sponsoring teams in the Greater Akron Baseball Leagues. His time and monetary aid spent in building fields and supplying teams is legendary. There are currently 12 members of this Hall of Fame, who played on his teams. One of his managers, Joe Winkler, is a Charter Inductee of the Hall. His teams won more than eight championships in the Akron Leages and the Northeastern Ohio Leagues. Mr Glen West still continues the sponsorship of youth activities in the Mogadore community by allowing golf and bowling privileges at West's Mogadore Country Club.|
|Westren||Ron||2015||2010||Ron Westren played youth baseball and two years at Ellet High School, but at that point kind of figured that baseball wasn't going to be a very key factor in his future. Westren could not have more wrong. Western got back into the game he didn't totally embrace as a teen 15 years later and now figures he will never let go. My career really didn't begin until I started playing Roy Hobbs with Akron A's in 1993, Westren said. In fact, I probably would not have got back into playing baseball if I wasn't in coaching. I just got back into playing to be a better coach. I figured if I got around guys who really knew the game I would have a great chance to learn something. Westren quickly found out that he was learning something every day he got on the ball field. He started as a lanky shortstop with the A's and helped lead them to Roy Hobbs 30-plus and Open Division championships from 1995 through 2000. He later transitioned to second base when the A's added former minor-leaguer Rick Rembielek and then made another shift to third base and finally to catcher. The versatile Westren helped lead the A's to Roy Hobbs 30-plus World Series championships in Florida in 1998 and 1999. I really enjoyed being a utility player, said Westren, who has spent the last 30 years working in information technologies as a programmer analyst for companies in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. Playing with guys like Greg Beals, Rick Rembielek, two head coaches in college, and longtime catcher George Spiroff, really gave me an opportunity to learn high-level skills and then pass those skills along to the high school players I coach. It was like getting an MBA in baseball. Westren recently completed his 15th season as a varsity assistant to John Sarver at Ellet High School. Westren plays in the over-45 and over-53 in the NEO Roy Hobbs baseball league.|
|Weyrauch||Bob||1989||1980||From the Kenmore Blues where he recorded a 21-1 record, Bob duplicated that feat at Kenmore Kigh and led Cardinals to first ever City Title in 1938, defeating Central, 1-0, in eight innings. That senior season he began a successful trek into A ball with Simpson Market and then had winning seasons with Moore's Wrestlers and Goodrich. The strong right-hander was drafted by Killian Celtics for the '39 NABF Tourney. Signed with the Yankees in 1940, pitched Butler to Penn State League Title with three playoff wins, a 16-5 record, and made the All-Star team.|
|White||Bill||2002||2000||A hard hitting, lefthanded swinging batter and an excellent infielder an catcher who grew up in Trumbull County youth leagues. He played two years at Green Center High. At age 13, Bill played ball with Benton Holmes County three-time league champion and Ravenna Elks before joining the service. '47-'49 was three-time All-Star with three time champion Sugarcreek; '50 Blackhorse Tavern; '1 title with Simons bar '51-'56. A line drive spray hitter who rarely struck out, he hit over .400 six times. In '49 with Sugarcreek, he went 53 games without a strikeout. Played short, third and caught second game of DH's. Helped coach hot stove Alliance All-Stars '90-'94. Being inducted into his sixth Hall of Fame: Summit County, Portage County, Tusky Valley, Tri-County and Portage County, Tusky Valley, Tri-County and Portage Counties bowling HOF's as Bill was also one of the area's best keglers and bowling proprietor. Joins son Stan (1991) as GABHOF inductee.|
|White||Stan||1991||1990||An intelligent, strong catcher, Stan developed his prowess in baseball by becoming one of the best ever athletes in the State of Ohio. Not only was he to become All-Ohio in baseball, but in football and basketball as well and the only Ohioan to play in all three prep all-star games his senior season. An All-Metro selection while at Kent Roosevelt High, Stan led the Riders in hitting while also honing his defensive skills as a pro-prospect catcher. He was a three-time all-star in AA action and a .400 hitter for Nino's Lounge, Magic City Lanes, and Akron Insulating teams.|
|Wiles||Larry||2016||2010||Larry was born in Mt. Carmel, Illinois to Nellie and Gilbert Wiles. He is married to Mertis Marty and they have 2 grown daughters. There oldest daughter Angela, is married to JR Shamblin and they had 2 daughters. Wendy Wiles-Robbins, there youngest daughter, was married to Dave Robbins, now deceased, and has 1 daughter. The granddaughter's names are Lillie and Ashley Shamblin and Samantha Robbins. He has one sister, Jean Warren, who was married to Hal Warren, deceased, who was also a member of the Greater Akron Baseball of Fame. Larry graduated from Akron Central High School and the University of Akron. He began his lifelong teaching career at Field High School, where he remained until retirement. In addition to teaching he also coached football and baseball. Having a lifelong love of baseball, when offered the head coaching positon of the varsity team, he jumped at the opportunity. Larry went on to coach baseball for 30 years (twenty-nine at Field High School and one year at Akron Firestone High School). His one year at Akron Firestone High School his team won 18 and lost 10 games and won Firestone's first sectional Championship in 15 years. During his tenure Field became a dominate force in the Portage County Baseball League. His teams would amass 474 victories and 225 defeats. This was the most wins by a Portage County Coach making his winning percentagean impressive.678. His teams racked up 22 league, division and sectional titles. During one 3 year stretch Field had a league record of 48 wins and 6 losses including 19 consecutive wins. Larry was honored as PCL Coach of the Year 9 times and coached the Portage County All-Stars 7 times in their series with the Summit County All-Stars. Larry had many players go on to play college baseball. One year, Field had 4 players on the varsity baseball team at the University of Akron. Nine of his former players went on to become high school baseball coaches and 4 became college coaches. Four players were drafted by the major leagues. Larry enjoyed every moment of his long successful career. He was very lucky to have had great players, assistant coaches and community support. It was a great ride and more than he could have ever hoped. However, as all great rides must end, I am extremely grateful and honored that it ends at the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.|
|Wilfred||Phil||1987||1980||Although only 5'8"and 150-pounds, Phil became one of the best clutch left-handed pitchers in the Akron area. From his youth playing days in the Firestone Park area, Phil led the South Akron All-Stars (Little League), Akron All-Stars (Pony League), and Post# 209 (American Legion League), to numerous City, State, and Regional championships. At Garfield High he continued his pitching and hitting success, leading the Rams to two City titles, including 1962 when he posted a 7-0 record and batted .620. After being named All-City three times at Garfield, Phil became a seven time All-Star in eleven years in the AA League, beginning in 1962 with Krispy Kreme. The highlight of his rookie year was outdueling Dave Young of the Black Labels in a 15-inning, 5-3 win. Phil also toiled for the champion Black Label and Airmatic Valve teams, winning three games in the AABC World Series in Battle Creek during his stint with the Labels. He also pitched for the Dairy Queen, Co-op and Field Merchants teams.|
|Williams||Brian||2010||2010||He was a power-hitting, team leader, catcher in West Akron Youth Leagues. All-City at Firestone High and All League at Ashland College. Brian was usually the leading hitter and RBI man for AA" Wadsworth AC teams and was the MVP in the 1989 All-Star game. He also coached 5 years at Firestone High and led the Falcons to the 1995 title. Brian was selected as the "Garcia League" MVP in 1989.|
|Winkler||Joe||1982||1980||Was associated with baseball for 56 years and managed some of the best teams in the heyday of the AA League. Name a championship team and Winkler was probably the manager. That managerial career began in 1927 and included such teams as the Killian Celtics, which captured the old City A League title six consecutive seasons, Old Dutch Beer and Smith Sheriffs. However, Joe's most masterful achievement was with Tramonte Black Label. With such stars as Jack Bisesi, Dick Lombardi and Dave Young, Winkler directed Black Label to eight AA League titles in nine seasons during the 1960's. In addition, the Labels, which at one point had captured 132 of 140 games, won two Ohio Stan Musial Championships.|
|Wolford||Tom||1993||1990||Began playing in the Atwater Hot Stove League at a very young age. In 1958 as a pitcher, he had 4 no-hitters before reaching high school. His career record at Waterloo High was 20-5, with an ERA of .026. He was a 3-time All-Portage County player and an All-District, twice. At Ashland College he was 8-2, before joining such teams in the AA League as Bolin Oil, Pfeifle Undertakers, Akron Insulating, CP Sales, Acme Ash and Genessee Beers. Tom pitched 14 years in the AA League and was an All-Star 12 times. He was 15-0 on the Akron Insulating championship team of 1977. He pitched for 7 championship teams and was voted M.V.P. during one tournament.|
|Woodling||Gene||1989||1980||Outstanding career began in the youth leagues in East Akron and at East High where he excelled as a hitter and fine defensive outfielder that propelled him to the big leagues including many storied years with the New York Yankees. After playing with Doylestown in the A League, he won the first of four Minor League hitting titles with Mansfield in 1940 when he slugged out a .398 average. After leading the Pacific Coast League in 1948 (.385), he was purchased by the Yankees from San Francisco where he played on a record five consecutive World Series Title Clubs from 1949-1953. He hit .318 in five World Series. Gene closed out his after-Yankee life with Baltimore, Cleveland, Washington, and the New York Mets. Was named World Series MVP three times.|
|Workman||Jim||1991||1990||A smooth-as-silk infielder who began playing in the youth leagues in Grove City where he became a high school all-star. Played four years at Ohio U (was All-Mac, 1967). Moved to Akron and became all-star shortstop and second baseman with Black Labels ('68-'69), Wayne Knolls ('70), and Eaton Sports Pride ('71-'75). Led "AA" League in hitting in 1970 (.390); Had a career .330 average; made only one error in 50 games in 1973; played on six championship teams and four all-star teams.|
|Worthington||Jim||1998||1990||In 1938 Jim began playing baseball in Harlan, Kentucky as an outstanding pitcher, first, and third baseman. After leaving the service where he had played some ball for Baton Rouge post, Jim joined the Middlesboro, KY. Blue Sox of the Mountain State League where he hurled three no-hitters in four years. He moved to Akron in 1950 playing with the Royal Vagabonds for two years and then with champion Akron Rens softball teams. Jim, at this time, joined the Summit Umpires Association where he became a very good and popular umpire on the Akron sandlots for over 20 years. He was one of the original members of the S.U.A. working all levels of baseball in an excellent and easy manner. His love for the game has never faltered.You can still find Jim searching out a game on the sandlots.|
|Yelinek||Kevin||2015||2010||What started as a fun thing to do with his friends at school turned into a lifetime passion for the former Highland High School and University of Akron baseball standout. Yelinek started his career in Hinckley Youth Baseball, and then moved into travel ball before establishing himself as a standout in the Suburban League with the Highland Hornets. Yelinek was a first-team All-Suburban League honoree and first-team All-Medina County honoree while leading the Hornets to the league title in 1989. Kevin spring boarded his career to the University of Akron where he was a three-year letterman. He also played with Highland and Medina teams in the summer in the Greater Akron AA League in 1990 and 1991. Yelinek continued playing the Akron AA League after playing at the University of Akron. He was a league all-star in 1994 while playing for Hudson and then transitioned to the hometown Sharon Center Cox Painting team in the NEO AAA League. He was named MVP of the NEO AAA League in 2003. He also began longtime career in the NEO Roy Hobbs League. He helped to lead the Colonels to the 28-over league championship in 2004 and 2005. The Colonels posted a 35-1 record in the two-year span. Yelinek played for the Akron Knights from 2008 through 2014, helping the team win Veterans Division championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He also was playing with Portage South in the Greater Akron AA League from 2010 through 2014 and was named MVP in 2012. Yelinek was an NEO AAA League All-Star in 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003. He also earned all-star status in the Greater Akron AA League in 1994, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 when he was the runner-up in voting for the George Sisler Award.|
|Young||Dave||1982||1980||He has excelled both as a player and manager in baseball. Dave starred at Akron East High School, Akron U, and for 21 years in the AA League. He currently is at Tallmadge High where he has spent 23 years as coach of the Blue Devils, enroute to becoming the winningest baseball coach in Greater Akron history with over 375 victories. A southpaw pitcher, Young struck out 325 - 115 in one season (1959), and had an amazing 1.13 ERA over his UA career (1956-59)-- all-time records to this day. His AA career, which saw him selected on the All-Star team 15 consecutive years, began in 1954 with the State Road Merchants. The next six years he led Krispy Kreme to three League titles and then joined Black Label where he helped the Tramonte beermen win eight championships in nine seasons. During that period, Young went 5-1/2 seasons (1961-66) without losing a League contest-- firing two no-hitters in that stretch. He also helped Wayne Knoll Farms and Eaton Sports Pride win three more League titles.|
|Yovanovich||Lou||2003||2000||Tall, talented, strong right-handed pitcher and outfielder who could hit as well. "Sweets" grew up on the East side and played with a number of youth title teams: Akron Wildcats, Goodyear Heights Orientals and GH Bucks, Gastown Browns, Waterloo Drive-in "E" state champs, Lockhart Construction and Firestone Park Kiwanis "D" League champs. At East High, Lou was 2nd team All-City in 1967-68, then in '69 led the Orientals to the City title with a 9-1 record, hitting .356 and pitching a one-hitter in 2-0 title game and also pitched District Tournament title game win. He also was picked as an All-Ohio selection in '69. Lou hurled 11 years in the Akron AA League with Nino's Lounge, Magic City Lanes, Acme Ash, Pfiefle Undertakers, and CP Sales Company.|
|Ziruolo||Fred||1988||1980||Was one of the best ever in the "Hot Spot" in the infield at third base, beginning in his younger days with the Akron Rangers, and Hub Cafe, and at West High School. While at West, Freddie played for the champion Akron Yankee Juniors, Mayflower Hotel, and then moved into full time AA duty with the champion Smith Sheriff and Borden Auto Teams. Besides doing a rock-solid job at third, Freddie also filled in at shortstop and always had a good year at the plate by consistently hitting over the .300 mark.|
|Zofchak||Joe||1988||1980||Due to his love of the game of baseball, one that he never got to play himself as a youth, Joe began sponsoring teams to give the young players at that time the chance to play baseball that had eluded him. Even though he was accused at times of taking food off the family table to back the ball team, Joe went into sponsoring in top hat style. He put the first team on the field in 1955 with the 1985 Hall of Famer Dutch Waters as the manager. In 1958 the legendary Joe Winkler took over the reins and helped develop the Zoff squad into a tough contending team, not only in the City League, but Statewide and in the National tournaments as well. A very unselfish man, Joe Zofchak left an indelible mark on many players in the late fifties. When economic reasons finally forced the end of sponsoring, many of Joe's players went on to form the nucleus of the champion Tramonte Black Label teams that dominated play in the sixties. His players still remember and they were all saddened when he passed away at the young age of 64 in 1977.|
|Caraballo||Wilmer||2018||2010||Wilmer was born September 5th 1962 in Yauco, Puerto Rico. His mother was only 17 and his dad was working on the mainland US so he was raised by his maternal grandparents. He is the oldest of 5 siblings – 2 brothers 1 in NJ and the other in MO; 2 sisters 1 in PR and the other in Cleveland.
First time Wilmer left the island was at age 16 to play in the Little League Big League World Series for 16-18 year-olds representing Puerto Rico. He graduated from Yauco High School in 1981 and signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees. The New York Mets wanted to sign him too when he was 16 but his Grandfather wouldn’t let him.
After 8 years in the minor leagues with the New York Yankees, New York Mets and the Chicago White Sox he decided to hang up his cleats. He started a lawn business in Bradenton Florida and worked that for 5 years. Wilmer also worked for the Manatee County Sheriff’s office for a short period of time. He was hired so he could play for their softball team in the Florida Law Enforcement Olympics!
His son Jordan and daughter Jessica were born in 1986 and 1991 respectively while he still lived in Florida. When they were 6 and 2 they left Florida and headed for the mountains of N.C. where they could stay with his in-laws and attend college. Wilmer ultimately graduated from Western Carolina University (1999) with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Spanish & P.E.).
After college he decided to move to Ohio to be near extended family. He has worked as a teacher in the Coventry Local School District for 19 years, 18 teaching Spanish to grades 8-12 and 1 year teaching PE to grades K-2.
Wilmer has coached 15 years – 2 at the JV level and 13 years at the Varsity level, 1 year at Lake High School and 14 years at Coventry High School.
They were surprised in 2003 when God blessed them with a daughter, Jaeden. In 2016 he became a grandfather to their grandson, Lorenzo and granddaughter, Charlotte.
In his spare time Wilmer enjoys working in his yard (a holdout from his years cutting grass in Florida he suspects), watching Jeopardy with his daughter, playing with his grandkids and of course playing baseball. Over the years since he retired from baseball, he has played softball or baseball wherever he has lived, most recently playing with a great group of guys on the Wolfdogs in the Roy Hobbs baseball league.
Wilmer met his wife, Lisa Arfons, in Florida at age 20 and they were married less than a year later. This December 2018 they will celebrate 35 years of marriage!
|Serra||Paul||2018||2010||Paul was born in Baltimore, MD on July 5, 1938. After one year in Baltimore, his family moved to Euclid where he has lived ever since. He attended Euclid High School, graduating in 1956.
After working one year in the Euclid Recreation Department, his baseball coach, Neal Nelson, worked hard to get him a scholarship to Kent State University. Neal, the most influential person in his life, knew this was the only way he could have attended college as he came from a poor family that definitely couldn't have afforded to pay his way to college.
Paul graduated from Kent in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. After graduation and a year of professional baseball, he was fortunate enough to get a mathematics teaching job at the junior high school that he had attended - Shore Junior High.
This gave Paul a chance to work with Donald Mills, his junior high math teacher. He was the one who inspired Paul to become a math teacher. After spending 10 great years at Shore, he moved his classroom to the high school. From 1972-1976, he was lucky enough to be the assistant coach to GABHOF member, Bob Addis.
In 1977, Paul became the head baseball coach at my alma mater, a position he held until he retired in 1993. In 1972, he also took over the men's softball program for the Euclid Recreation Department, a position he holds to this day. Along the way, he picked up the men's basketball league and the men's, women's, and co-ed volleyball leagues.
|Pfander||Jim||2018||2010||Nineteen year Minor League Baseball executive Jim Pfander was named president of Fast Forward Sports Group LLC in October 2015 and has served as the general manager of the Akron RubberDucks since October 18, 2012.
Pfander, an Akron native, is only the second general manager in Aeros/RubberDucks history, and was the first executive hired by team owner and Fast Forward Sports Group founder Ken Babby. For Pfander, it was a return to the organization where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Aeros in 2011.
Under Pfander’s leadership, the Akron franchise has risen into one of Minor League Baseball’s premier franchises.
The team underwent a successful company-wide, identity change from the Akron Aeros to the Akron RubberDucks after the 2013 season, and it has witnessed record-breaking attendance growth and set single-game records. Pfander has also overseen more than $7 million in improvements to Canal Park, including the installation of one of the largest HD video boards in Minor League Baseball, the addition of The Game Grill + Bar, the Fowl Territory picnic area, the Tiki Terrace and Tiki Bar group areas, as well as the exclusive special-event Duck Club at Canal Park. Prior to the 2016 season, Pfander oversaw a complete renovation of the stadium’s playing field and drainage systems.
The 2016 season also saw the RubberDucks and Canal Park host Akron’s first Eastern League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, which drew more than 14,000 fans and national attention to the city. The season concluded with the RubberDucks winning the franchise’s fifth EL championship, and its first since 2012.
In addition to several new special events at Canal Park, Pfander helped the RubberDucks build a reputation as a leader in affordable family fun. With unique ballpark promotions, to go along with the creative concessions, including the Extreme Foods Menu, helped earn the franchise the prestigious 2015 Larry MacPhail Award, which goes to the Minor League Baseball team with the most outstanding and creative marketing and promotional efforts. Following the 2016 season, the team was chosen as the Eastern League’s nominee for Minor League Baseball’s top award, the John H. Johnson President’s Award, which is used to honor a franchise with demonstrated stability while making significant contributions in its community, its league, and with the baseball industry. Additionally, Pfander was named Eastern League Executive of the Year for the 2016 season.
Other stops besides Akron during Pfander’s 19-year career include various positions with teams in Charleston, South Carolina; Brockton, Massachusetts; Port Charlotte, Florida; and Spokane, Washington.
Pfander is a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and Ohio University. He began his baseball career as an intern in the Cleveland Indians broadcasting department in 2000, prior to several assignments with minor league teams across the country. He resides in Akron with his wife, Page, and daughters, Olivia and Ella.
|Obrien||Patrick||2018||2010||Patrick was born in Chicago, IL but was raised and grew up in Akron, OH. After attending Revere schools through 8th grade, he went to high school at Walsh Jesuit where he played baseball and basketball.
After Walsh Jesuit, he was drafted and played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization while attending the University of Notre Dame during the fall semesters. After his baseball career ended and upon graduating from Notre Dame, he began his professional career which landed him back in Akron. He started working at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company as a finance executive.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending most of his free time with his wife of 11 years - Katie - and their 4 girls: Ashlyn, Avery, Madison, and Maren.
|Moorhead||Ty||2018||2010||Ty Moorhead was born in Shreve, Ohio on April 7, 1979. Born and raised on the family farm is where Ty’s character was developed and shaped through an understanding of hard work. Ty graduated from Triway High School in 1997 where he played golf, soccer, basketball, and baseball.
After graduating high school, Ty attended Mount Union College where he had two productive baseball years earning him a full scholarship to the University of Akron. Graduating in 2002 with a Physical Education degree, he returned to Triway as a teacher for 8 years coaching golf, basketball, and baseball.
Through those years, Ty earned a Master’s degree in Administration from Ashland University. In 2010, Ty became a youth pastor and church administrator at Highpoint Christian Church. After two years of service with the church, Ty took over his family owned Tent, Table and Chair rental business with his brother. The two currently run the business which has been in service for 32 years.
Ty and his wife, Mallory, created TNM Sports Academy located on the family farm in Shreve. The two of them give baseball and softball lessons in their 7,000 square foot indoor facility. Ty currently plays in the 35’s Roy Hobbs division with the Akron A’s and the 18’s division with the Portage South team.
|Marconi||Alex||2018||2010||A native of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Alex is a 1996 Graduate of St. Vincent/St. Mary HS and Kent State University in 2001. Lettering and starting all 4 years for Kent State Baseball, Alex received numerous honors including All Conference and All Region in 1999 and 2000. During college, Alex also played in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball Summer League in 1998 and 1999.
In the 2000 MLB draft, Alex was a 27th Round selection by the Tampa Bay Rays and was in their organization from 2000-2003 and played at the AAA level on two different occasions. Alex finished up his playing career with the Elmira Pioneers and St. Paul Saints in Independent Professional Baseball in 2004.
He began his coaching career in 2005 at the University of North Carolina. After coaching at North Carolina for one season, Alex became an Assistant Coach and then Head Coach at
Ball State University during his 7 seasons there. He transitioned back to his Alma Mater Kent State University from 2013-2017. During Alex's 13 years as a Division 1 Baseball coach he has been a part of 3 NCAA Regionals and 5 Championship Teams while coaching over 40 players that have gone on to play professional baseball.
Alex currently resides in Silver Lake with his wife Amanda and their 4 children.
|Linn||Kenny||2018||2010||Kenny attended Akron Hoban and graduated in 1992. He then attended Spartanburg Methodist College from 1993 to 1994, Charleston Southern University in 1995, and then the University of Akron in 1996. In his youth, he paly in the Kenmore Little League for Don Plusquelic, Kenmore Raiders for Dave Burns, and the Boys of Summer under Greg Isaacs.
Kenny started his coaching career at St. Vincent/St. Mary in 1999 where his teams went 58-79 for five years. There he had 4 Sectional Championships, 2 District Championships, and 1 Regional Runner-up. Moving on to Tallmadge in 2004, his teams have compiled a 254-136 W/L record for a .651 winning percentage. Kenny’s teams at Tallmadge have won 15 Sectional Championships, 6 District Runnerups, 5 District Championships, 2 Regional Championships, a State Semifinalist, and a State Championship (2017).
Kenny has many awards to his credit which include Suburban League Coach of the Year (5 times), Cleveland Plain Dealer Coach of the Year (2008), and NEOBCA Division II Coach of the Year (2017).
During the summer months, Kenny has coached the Xstreme Organization from 2011 to 2013 and made two World Series appearances in Myrtle Beach. He also coached the Boys of Summer from 2014 to 2016, qualifying for the World Series in 2015.
Kenny has had the privilege to have one coach with him for 13 years - Bob Shepherd - who works with the Pitchers and Catchers. Part of his staff over the years have been guys like Mike Barr, Jim Hindel, Scott Campbell, JJ Wray, Scott Noel, Nick Dadich, and Tony Esola to name a few.
Married 19 years in August (2018) to Amy, they have two daughters - Presley and Avery - and a son Johnny.
|Kalbaugh||Harry||2018||2010||Deceased||Harry Richard Kalbaugh was born in Akron, Ohio on July 15, 1940 to Emma and Harry “Lefty” Kalbaugh who was a former pitcher for the Washington Senators ball club and started the Akron Hot Stove League for area youth baseball. Harry grew up in Cuyahoga Falls and graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1958. While there, he lettered in 4 sports, was awarded the Outstanding Senior Athlete Trophy and was later induced into the Cuyahoga Falls High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Harry received an athletic scholarship to Heidelberg University, but transferred to Kent State University after one year, where he excelled on the varsity basketball and baseball teams and was named to the All Mid-American Conference League baseball team. Harry had the distinction of being the first college player to hit a home run out of Forbes Field.
Major league baseball scouts soon discovered his outstanding baseball talent and in 1961, Harry signed a contract with scout Denny Galehouse to be drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization. Even the great Ted Williams was quite impressed with Harry’s baseball skills. However, after several years with the Boston Red Sox, he was sidelined with various injuries, was put on the disabled list and retired from the majors to complete his college degree at Kent State University in 1965.
Harry began his basketball coaching career at Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1966 and later became the Head Basketball coach at Hudson High School, where his first team won the Suburban League Championship and Harry received the Suburban League Coach of the Year award in 1975. This award was given posthumously after a tragic automobile accident took his life on December 25th, 1974.
Many of the boys whose lives he touched remember Coach Kalbaugh as a fun-loving man who loved working with and helping young men become better. They recall playing “stump Coach Kalbaugh” with his great knowledge of sports trivia. Some of his baseball teammates, including Rico Petrocelli, Mike Ryan, George Scott, Pete Baltic, Marty Kane, and George Wenz also have shared fond memories of this outstanding man and baseball player. Harry would have been so humbled by this event and his family is very honored to accept this award in his memory.
|Isaacs||Gregory "Ike"||2018||2010||Greg graduated from Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, Virginia in June of 1968. He attended Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland and then went on to Akron University.
As a hitting instructor, Greg has taught "Hit With Confidence" over the past 25 years. Through coaching, hitting classes, clinics, etc., he has been part of thousands of area youth lives over many generations.
Greg began coaching baseball in 1969 and this summer he will celebrate his 50th year of coaching. In 1969 he took over the "E" League team "Shawnee" for Bernie Reardin in the Falls and coached them for 11 years. Greg coached seven years in Tallmadge and was head coach of the Tallmadge Stars for Jim Arthur ('92 GABHOF Inductee). He also ended up coaching girls softball teams and coached the Summit County Smashers for two seasons.
Greg co-founded the "Boys of Summer" with Darrell Jennings in 1991 and was a head coach through 2002 season. The team was named after the Roger Kahn best seller of 1972. He also
coached St. Vincent / St. Mary baseball from 1996-1998 and was succeeded by coach Kenny Linn. Greg also coached alongside coach Linn in the first night game ever played at Canal Park (1997 opening).
In 2001 he was selected to the Cuyahoga Falls Baseball Hall of Fame. In August - 2002, he founded the "Ohio Yankees Baseball Club". It was named after last pro team in Akron
(before Rubber Ducks and Aeros) - Akron Yankees of 1935-1941. Greg actually picked up early knowledge of the game from 1983 Inductee Tony Sams who played for the Yankees in '39-'41.
Greg hosted the "Boys of Summer" and "Ohio Yankees Invitational" Tournaments for 24 straight years at Kent State University, Akron University, Walsh HS, and "The Ball Park at Hudson". He has won many Awards and Championships. Thing that makes it all worth it are the life-long friendships that are made through the game of baseball.
Greg is a retired Automobile Salesman.
|Hackim III||Linc||2018||2010||Coming from a family of baseball enthusiasts, players and coaches, Lincoln grew up with baseball in his blood. His passion for the game started at the age of 6 playing for Stow Youth Baseball for his father until he was fourteen years old. Between the ages of 15 to 18 he played with the Cuyahoga Falls Wildcats, Stow-Munroe Falls High School and Cuyahoga Falls High School as a varsity player.
Linc walked on and played a short time at Kent State University. Since then, he has played with many highly competitive teams starting with The Hudson Explorers. Akron A's (Coach Hessey).Crockers, Akron Insulating, Cuyahoga Falls Tigers, Jeonota Club, Akron A's (Jim Barrett), Kenmore Orioles, and Akron Knight's. While playing for these teams Linc won numerous awards such as leading leagues in batting averages and RBI's, All Star Teams and MVP awards.
Most accomplished awards were with the Akron A's including winning the Roy Hobbs World Series numerous times and was named MVP for his team in 2004. While playing, Linc also was involved with coaching at Cuyahoga Falls, Akron Hoban and St. V/St. M with his dad. He helped many players get to the next level in college and pros.
In 2010, he founded and established the Ohio Skyhawks Elite travel organization. This team was created to be extremely affordable, drive fundamentals and prepare young men for high school. His passion continues to this day with coaching the 15U Ohio Skyhawks and works with young men with the same passion he has for the game of baseball.
|Giffen||Tom||2018||2010||Tom Giffen began a 60-plus-year love affair with Baseball in 1954 in Brainerd, Tenn., courtesy of an uncle and cousin who believed young Thomas needed some athletic culture. The bought him a bat, ball and glove and took him to the first ballfield they could find.
Today, Tom has enjoyed a lifetime the fruits of the game and all the passion it encompasses as a player for almost 50 years, a coach, a manager, an administrator, an umpire and assignor, an organizer, a groundskeeper, an official scorekeeper and as a professional sports journalist, which allowed him access to the game at the highest levels, including Hank Arron’s #715, the end of Pete Rose’s 44-game hitting streak and the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the game’s all-time great players.
Most know Tom as the owner of Roy Hobbs Baseball, an organization dedicated to the proposition that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the greatest team game of them all, and as the founder NEO Roy Hobbs Baseball, which has been the premier adult amateur baseball league in Ohio for almost 30 years.
Roy Hobbs Baseball’s World Series will celebrate its 30th renewal this fall in Fort Myers. Tom and his wife took over a bankrupt company on New Year’s Eve 1992, moved the Roy Hobbs World Series from the Orlando area to Fort Myers with 54 teams. For 2018, more than 245 teams will play for 4 weeks in Fort Myers, some 4400 amateur ballplayers from 43 states and 6 foreign countries playing more than 850 games on 25 MLB-quality fields in 30 days.
Tom was born in Phoenix, played in the first Chattanooga-area Dixie Youth league as an 8-year-old, and started his 35+-year newspaper career with the Chattanooga Times at age 15. He is a 1971 ABJ graduate of the University of Georgia and received his Masters from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, all the while playing baseball and continuing his newspaper career, which included assignments in Jacksonville (IL), Athens, Atlanta, Macon & Columbus (Ga.), the Miami Herald and Akron (Ohio). The last 20 years were with Knight-Ridder properties where his work and his sports staffs were recognized with national industry honors on a regular basis.
He started Summit Senior Baseball in 1989 as a sandlot experiment with the late Rudy Piekarski, turned it into a 4-team league in 1990. He “retired” from the Beacon Journal in 1995 to pursue Roy Hobbs Baseball fulltime. In 2007, the Roy Hobbs Foundation was established to raise funds to support Leukemia research (Tom is an 18-year survivor) and to support baseball opportunities for mentally & physically handicapped youngsters, aka, Challenger Baseball. Following the death of Rudy Piekarski in 2011, Tom agreed to become GABHoF President and helped re-establish the organization over the next 3 years.
Tom and Ellen have called Fort Myers home since 2011 while continuing to maintain an embroidery and specialty goods business in Akron. They have 3 children – Meg, Mac & Rob – and a Golden Retriever named Marley, all of whom are involved in Roy Hobbs Baseball, making it a family business on a daily basis for sure. Baseball is a life-long passion for Tom, but when he needs a change of pace, he turns to cycling, cooking, reading, studying (and drinking) wine, travel and occasionally enjoying a Cuban cigar.
|Dessecker||Ron||2018||2010||Ron was born and raised in Dover, Ohio and graduated from Dover High School in 1966 where he won a total of five letters in Football and Baseball. Ron moved to Orrville in 1976 after starting his umpiring career in 1970. He ended up umpiring OHSAA baseball for 33 year and was fortunate enough to be assigned to 120 OHSAA tournament baseball games and was selected to work 5 state championship games. In 1988, Ron was selected to work the Ohio Coaches All-Star Series at the Ohio State University.
Also, Ron officiated football for 38 years where he was selected to work six state final games and 14 state semi-final games and, in all, 78 total playoff games. He was elected to the position of Secretary, Wayne County Officials Association from 1992-present (2018).
His awards include being inducted into the OHSAA Officials HOF in 2008, inducted into the Wayne County Sports HOF in 2006, and inducted into the Wayne County Officials HOF in 2013. He also served as Commissioner of the Ohio Cardinal Conference since its inception in 2002. Ron retired from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department in 2013.
He is married to Lois Antil Dessecker and they have four children - Marc, Natalie, Tracie and Scott - and seven grandchildren as of this writing.
|Crowder||Chuck||2018||2010||Chuck Crowder was a first-team All-American chosen by The Sporting News in 1998, a third-team All-American choice by the NCBWA in 1999, and a third-team selection by Collegiate Baseball in 1998. He was also a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice in 1998 and 1999, Crowder also earned first-team freshman All-America honors by Baseball America in 1996 and was named second-team All-Atlantic Region by the ABCA in 1998.
Chuck is only the third Tech pitcher to ever record 10 victories in three seasons. Crowder ranks among the top-three in school history in victories (3rd, 33), strikeouts (3rd, 377), innings pitched (2nd, 346.2) and shutouts (T-1st, 3). He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round out of high school, the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th round of the 1998 draft, and the Colorado Rockies in the third round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft.
Chuck played in the Intercontinental Cup with the U.S. National Team in 1997. He currently lives in Hoover, AL with his wife, Danielle, a former Tech volleyball player, and their three children, Charlie, Max, and Luke.
|Babby||Ken||2018||2010||Ken Babby became Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, in October 2012 when he purchased the then-named Akron Aeros.
Babby is the founder of Fast Forward Sports Group LLC, through which he additionally purchased the then-named Jacksonville Suns, Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, in September 2015, becoming the youngest multi-franchise owner in professional sports. Following the 2016 season, the Suns started a new identity as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Akron RubberDucks baseball has taken flight under Babby. In five seasons, the franchise’s second-ever owner has invested more than $7 million into Akron’s Canal Park, which includes one of the largest HD video board in the minor leagues, and attendance has increased by 28 percent.
Following a successful identity change after the 2013 season that focused on Akron’s history as the “Rubber Capital of the World,” the team went on to win Minor League Baseball’s prestigious Larry MacPhail Award as the top promotional team in 2015. The 2016 was packed with honors for the RubberDucks, including an Eastern League championship, the franchise hosting the Eastern League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby for the first time, and the club’s nomination for the John H. Johnson President’s Award, which honors Minor League Baseball’s “most complete franchise.”
Babby, 38, is a Potomac, Maryland, native who spent 13 years with the Washington Post, rising to positions such as Vice President, Advertising, and Chief Revenue Officer of Washington Post Media and General Manager of Washington Post Digital.
In 2017, Babby was named to the Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 under 40, and he was an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award winner in the Northeast Ohio region. He was named one of Sports Business Journal's 2016 "Forty Under 40," recognizing excellence and innovation in sports business careers. In 2015, Crain’s Cleveland Business also honored him as one of its local 2015 “Forty Under 40” awards. He serves as chair of the Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO) and serves on numerous boards in Northeast Ohio including: Downtown Akron Partnership, Great Trail Boy Scouts Council, Greater Akron Chamber, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Summa Foundation.
In describing his ownership vision, Babby elaborates on a two-fold mission. As the leader of the organization, he hopes to create a memorable, unique, affordable and enjoyable fan experience, and also maximize the opportunity to create change in the community through charitable, wellness and education initiatives.
Babby is an Akron resident and a visible presence at RubberDucks and Jumbo Shrimp games, as well in the local communities. Ken is married to wife, Liz, and he has a nine-year-old son, Josh.