Year Inducted – 1985

Certainly no one was more dedicated to the youth of our community than was Barberton’s Les Scarr. He coached the “Magics” for 19 years. He imparted his knowledge of our game to the players, and held clinics for any who wished to attend. Many of our current GABHOF members gained their basic foundation from his teachings. His teams won 253 games, four regional championships, reaching the state finals on two occasions. His 1947 team lost a heartbreaking extra inning final game to Upper Arlington for the State Championship. The team’s record of 18 and 2 was a school high that stood for many years. Les was the very first baseball coach to have been inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was similarly honored by the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame with enshrinement in 1975. Perhaps one of the reasons his high school did so well was that he used his players as a nucleus for the summer teams he managed in the Greater Akron and Portage County Leagues. He won three titles in Portage County and was nearly always a strong contender in the Greater Akron area. Les died in 1974.