Year Inducted – 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.