Year Inducted – 2021
Marc Hoffman grew up in Wadsworth Ohio playing baseball for his father. His memorable moment was striking out 22 batters in a seven-inning game (dropped third strike). Marc was three-year starter on the mound and in 1981 as a senior earning first-team All-Ohio, Pioneer Conference MVP, Medina County MVP, Medina-Wayne County All-Star Game MVP, and Beacon Journal MVP. An extremely dominating pitcher and big hitter is the best way to describe Marc’s high school career. Marc earned scholarships to Winthrop University in South Carolina and Lipscomb University in Nashville (ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1981). Winthrop University had financial issues and dropped their baseball program. Marc retired from collegiate baseball early from back issues. In 1986, he coached a Wadsworth team to four consecutive Ohio Hot Stove State championships, then gave up baseball when his daughter was born. But wait, fast forward … thirty years later, in 2019, Marc returned to play in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Ft. Myers where he hit .538 in seven games and allowed no runs in two pitching appearances.
Marc was Founder and President of US Baseball Academy training more than a quarter million youth players nationwide. In 2017, Marc sold the company to an investment group and retired. He has covered the Cleveland Indians as a Sports Editor for the Medina County Gazette. After moving to Chicago, Marc has served as Associate Editor at Baseball Digest Magazine, was the Baseball Editor at Inside Sports Magazine, and worked several days a week for Associated Press covering the Chicago White Sox, Cubs, and Bears. Marc then moved to Gannett Newspapers in New York as the Deputy Sports Editor supervising daily coverage of the Yankees and Mets.