TOPEKA (KSNT) – The following are the inductees for the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame Class for 2016:
Bob Davis: Topeka West & Washburn graduate. Royals broadcaster for 16 years, Kansas broadcaster for 32 years. Named the Kansas Sportscaster of the Year 13 times. Will receive the first ‘Bob Fidler Sports Broadcaster/Journalist’ Award.
Lon Kruger: Multi-sport athlete from Silver Lake. Member of the 1970 state championship team. Drafted by the Astros and Cardinals.
Charlie Lord: Outfielder who played in Topeka during the 1970’s, ’80s. Former director of the Topeka YMCA.
Jay Sutton: President of the Topeka Seven-Up Bottling Company. Financially sponsored a team in almost every youth baseball league in Topeka.
Claude Hays: Coached ten teams to state titles, including one for Topeka High.
Harold North: Longtime scuba coach and was the coach of the 36-0 Chips team in 1979. A field at Bettis Family Sports Complex is named in his honor.
Jerry Robertson: Right-handed pitcher who played professionally for seven seasons, including two in the MLB. Former athletic director at Washburn. A field at Bettis Family Sports Complex is named in his honor.
1961 Topeka Reds: Three-I league pennant winner in 1961. The Cincinnati Reds farm club team produced eight future major leaguers.