The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on July 22, 1979 · Page 33
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The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana · Page 33

Indianapolis, Indiana
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Sunday, July 22, 1979
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PAGES-SEC. 2 TIIE INDIANAPOLIS STAR -SUNDAY, JULY 22 I J ASII U HOSTS AIL STAKS. SEW KASE BALL SUHIAK FESTIVITIES 16 Inducted Into Hoosier 6HaW By DAVID KNIGHT Star Sportswriter Jasper. Ind. The Energy Crunch, Hoosier-style, arrived at this southern Indiana community this weekend Baseball Energy? Jasper caught it! With the fifth annual high school baseball all-star series as a backdrop. 16 Hoosier baseball greats, including seven Hall of Famers already enshnned at Cooperstown. N.Y.. became charter inductees Saturday into the new Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame at the Holiday Inn here. Former New Vork Yankees centerficl-der and Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle-"just got up and talked" as the featured speaker at the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Recognition Banquet honoring the 1979 North-South high school all-stars Friday night. More than 500 people, including the players, their families and coaches, and members of the local business communi ty, attended the kickoff banquet and induction ceremonies which culminated two years of "struggle to make the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame a reality" in ' the words of IHSBCA vice president Ray Howard. The charter for the hall of fame calls for 10 inductees the first war, seven next year and a maximum of five each succeeding year beginning in 1981. "THE SEVEN Hoosiers in the national hall of fame at Cooperstown are being inducted as one, with rune others making the 10 this first year," Howard explained Friday afternoon. Those seven Hoosiers are Mordecai (Three-Fingered) Brown of Nyesville, Max Carey of Terre Haute, Billy Herman of New Albany, Ed Rice of Morocco, Edd Roush of Oakland City. Amos Rusie (The Hoosier Thunderbolt I of Mooresville, and Samuel Luther Thompson of Danville. The rest of the charter inductees include Owen (Donie) Bush (for which Bush Stadium at Indianapolis is named), Carl Erskine. former Dodgers pitching great of Anderson; Paul (Spider) Fields, former Lafayette Jeff baseball coach; Bob Friend, former Pittsburgh pitching great of Lafayette; Marvin Groh, former baseball coach at Bloomington High School; Gil Hodges, former Dodgers first baseman and Mets manager; Roman Pfeffer, who led Jasper to a state title in 1939-40 and pitched for the New York Yankees in the early ;40s; James Reinebold, head coach of South Bend Clay, and Ken Schreiber, coach at LaPorte. TWO SPECIAL "Diamond Awards" were presented at Friday night's banquet to Alvin C. Ruxer, a Jasper businessman who donated land adjacent to the Holiday Inn on which the Indiana Hall of Fame building will be erected, and to former Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Phil N. Eskew, for their "exceptional support for high school baseball in Indiana." Until the proposed 90-square-foot, diamond-shaped building "which is still not on any drawing board," according to Howard is built, the Holiday Inn will be the official site of Indiana's baseball shrine. The coaches association president, Muncie Central's Gene Bottorff, Howard and the remainder of the five-member board estimate the cost of the building at $300,000. "It depends right now on the amount of support we can muster on top of the tremendous effort already put forth by the people of Jasper arid the Wabash Valley," Howard said. "We want to emphasize that this is Indiana's Hall of Fame, not Jasper's," he said. "However, we would like to see the North-South all-star series continue here in conjunction with the annual induction of Hall of Famers." : v. . : VTTTa " ''"L ' Mick 4Okie-Dokie' To Fame Hall Fans Jasper, Ind. Although he now calls Dallas, Tex., home, Mickey Mantle will always be the Oklahoma "Okie" who became one of the greatest Yankees ever MICKEY MANTLE " to the nation's baseball fans. As the featured speaker Friday night at the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame banquet, the 47-year-old Mick was Okie-Do kue to the more than 500 people assembled for a weekend of all-star high school baseball highlighted by the induction of 16 charter members into the new Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday. Mantle, who retired after the 1968 season with a .298 lifetime average and 536 career home runs, told a consortium of Indiana press and autograph seekers Friday afternoon, "I'm flattered that this many people would show up to hear what I've gotta say 11 years after quitting baseball." CALLING HIS "induction into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N Y., on the first try (1974) one of his biggest thrills," the Spavinaw (Okla.)-born Yankee fielded a flurry of questions and threw out a number of one-liners laced in Texas drawl. "One of your inductees, Carl Erskine of the Dodgers, struck out 17 Yankees in a World Series game and I was four of 'em," Mantle said to a chorus of laughter. "I struck out 1,700 times, which means I went three seasons without hitting a pitch." Asked to compare this era's players to his (1951-68), Mantle said, "They're bigger, stronger, they take better care of themselves than I did. I'm not one of these oldtimers who says "We were better.' Baseball's in as good a shape as it ever was," said the 1956 Triple Crown winner. Mantle said that the Yankees paid him $100,000 a year his last eight seasons. "I didn't have an agept, they wouldn't have stood for it. In fact, I don't think I even returned my contracts. I just showed up at spring training ready tor play." MANTLE SAID HE didn't resent today's marginal players making more than he did. "You have to remember, I could buy a new Cadillac in 1960 for $5,000. Now they cost $20,000. But I will say that somewhere along the line these high salaries have gotta stop or the game's in trouble." Perhaps Mick's closest friend on the Yankee Bombers of the 1950s and '60s was the controversial Billy Martin, recently reinstated as the current Yankees' manager. "I always thought Billy would make a good manager," said Mantle. "He wouldn't tell you to do something he wouldn't do. If he told you to jump off a cliff, he'd be the first to land." Gracious in an unpolished way. Mantle became subdued talking about the greatest thing that ever happened to him. "In June 1969, the Yankees had a day for me and retired my uniform, old' No. 7. The only three retired to that point were No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5. Anytime you join people like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, your career is complete." The shortest answer to the deluge of questions hurled at him came at the banquet. Asked what he thought about former Yankees' pitcher Jim Bouton who wrote a celebrated book, "Ball Four," which detailed some misadventures of the Yankees off the field, Mantle shot back, "Not much." DAVID KNIGHT FAME PLAQUE One of the 16 charter inductees into "the" new Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame at Jasper Saturday was Roman Pfeffer. Pfeffer, a righthanded pitcher in his day, led Jasper to the state high school baseball title in 1939-40. He ployed with the New 'Yprk Yankees beginning in 1941 until beckoned by his country into World War II. Pfeffer's promising career was cut short by an arm injury. (Star Photo) , , AUTO PAINTING ONE LOW PRICE! 1230 W. WASHINGTON ST. 639-3448 3757 N. 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