DeGrandRonYear Inducted – 1992

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 on an 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 and 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 1972 and attended spring training in 1973 for the Reno Indians in the Class A league.  After his release, 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 a combined 38 win and no loss seasons.