Year Inducted – 1998

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.