TOPEKA, Kan. – On Monday evening, the Bettis Family Sports Complex held its second annual induction ceremony for the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.
Last year’s inaugural class featured eight inductees.
The members of the 2014 Class include:
The 1947 Topeka High baseball team. The team was the first Topeka school to win a state title, and the first team inducted into the Hall of Fame
Jim Golden was a pitcher from Silver Lake who led the Eagles to back-to-back titles and then went on to play professional baseball.
Butch Nieman was a power hitter for the Topeka Owls. He then became a manager after a three-year career in the major leagues with the Boston Braves.
Terry Bettis graduated from Topeka West, and then went on to play at baseball at Washburn before graduating and moving on to pitch in the majors.
Joe Oliva was an umpire in the Topeka area for decades. He umped youth, college and semi-pro baseball games.