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Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame
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The Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame legends, their families and friends will gather on Sunday, July 14th to induct the Class of 2013 Honorees.
AKRON, OHIO (May 10, 2013) - The board of directors for the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame (GABHoF) are pleased to announce the 2013 Hall of Fame Honorees. Local baseball legends from around the Northeastern Ohio area will gather to induct the Class of 2013 Honorees July 14th, at the Induction banquet in Stow, Ohio.
The 2013 GABHoF Induction Ceremony will honor sixteen individuals that include major league and amateur players, coaches, umpires, sponsors and sports writers. These sixteen individuals have contributed immensely to the preservation and enhancement of the game of baseball in the Akron area baseball community and the recognition of those area individuals who have made major contributions to the game. They are:
Class of 2013:
Tom Allio, Munroe Falls, Ohio – Retired Executive Director of the Catholic Commission, Allio has caught some of the finest pitchers in Akron Area baseball history over 6 decades.
Ernie Ash, Brecksville, Ohio - A stand-out pitcher in the Akron AA League for 17 years.
Scott Barnhouse, Akron, Ohio - Played professionally for 5 years in the Seattle and San Diego organizations.
Todd Betts, (Akron Aeros) - Akron Aeros standout infielder from 1996-99. Most AA Career Home Runs: 57, Most Career RBIs: 208, and Most Career Walks, 236.
Paul Burleson, Tallmadge, Ohio - Played 13 years for several teams in the Akron AA league gaining All-Star honors in 1978-79.
Tom Chaboudy, Uniontown, Ohio - Excelled at all levels from the Cuyahoga Falls youth leagues, through high school, college, the Akron AA League and NEO Roy Hobbs Baseball.
Lee Fohl, Deceased, 1965 - Played with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1902) and Cincinnati Reds (1903). He went on to manage the Cleveland Indians (1915-1919), St. Louis Browns (1921-23) and Boston Red Sox (1924-26).
Dave Fross, Canton, Ohio – Outstanding player in the Canton A League, he Head Baseball Coach at the University of Akron for 27 years and retired in 2000 as the Ohio coach with the most wins in NCAA Division I Baseball (774 victories among 13 state universities).
Dan Gates, North Canton, Ohio – A fixture in regional amateur baseball for 50 years as outstanding player and manager.
Ty Kovach, Medina, Ohio - Pitcher for the St. Vincent-St. Mary’s 1986 State Champions. Fifth round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 1988. Pitched six seasons in the Indians organization (including Canton-Akron).
Phil LoCascio, Tallmadge, Ohio - Played on Kent State MAC championship teams in 2000 -01-03. Won the 2002 Thurman Munson Award for Highest Batting Average (.372). Played 6 seasons professionally in Italy.
Jeff Mutis, (Akron Aeros) – Canton-Akron Indians pitcher (1990-91). 2nd Most Career Wins: 22, 3rd Lowest Career ERA: 2.47, Most Career Complete Games: 14, Most Career Shutouts: 7.
Ron Reed, Akron, Ohio - Graduated from professional umpire school 1969, worked in Eastern League. He has umpired 532 college games, over 1,450 high school including 22 state finals.
Bruce Serfass, North Royalton, Ohio - University of Akron standout who spent many years as an outstanding player in the Greater Akron AA League.
Glenn ‘Speed’ Bosworth Community Service Award:
Dave Bryant, Akron, Ohio - Organized and ran the Optimists T-Ball program for 39 years providing the first step in the careers of many outstanding Akron area players.
Jack Tramonte Award (to recognize outstanding contributions to Baseball in Akron):
Sheldon Ocker, Akron, Ohio - Sports reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal since 1965, has covered the Cleveland Indians (33 years), former President of the Baseball Writer’s Association.
George Popp GABHoF Service Award:
Ron Piekarski, Akron, Ohio - A 1997 GABHoF Inductee he spearheaded the drive to save the GABHoF after his brother, Rudy (GABHoF founder & President), passed away in 2011.
“This really is a great induction class considering the contributions they have made both individually and collectively to the game of baseball in the greater Akron area,” said Carl Rakich, GABHoF Induction Chairman, 1985 Inductee.
“If you look at the impact this class has made to the game with their athletic skills, knowledge of the game, their time and administrative commitment, we are all very fortunate they were so involved in the Akron baseball community,” adds Rakich.
GABHoF alumni and the greater Akron public are invited to the 2013 Induction Banquet at the Stow Youth Baseball Hall, 5 p.m., Sunday, July 14th to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2013. For reservations and ticket information, call Ron Piekarski at 330.603.8752, or email him at email@example.com. The GABHoF’s website is www.gabhof.org.
EDITORS: More detailed bios attached.
ABOUT THE GREATER AKRON BASEBALL HALL OF FAME: The Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame is an organized body established to recognize and honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the game of baseball in the Greater Akron area. (Individuals shall have made contributions as players, coaches, managers, sponsors, umpires and administrators.) The GABHoF is dedicated to the recognition of baseball excellence, support for and promotion of the game and assistance at all levels of baseball in the Greater Akron Area, including the preservation of ethics, high standards and integrity of the game of baseball. The Hall of Fame shall seek to help promote and assist amateur and youth baseball programs in the Greater Akron Area.
Currently, the Hall of Fame resides in Canal Park, home of the Akron Aeros.
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