Shawnee County announces its newly formed baseball hall of fame.
Former major leaguers and an umpire who helped break the color barrier are among some of the honored greats.
“Baseball has such a rich history here in Shawnee County, it dates back to the late 1800s,” Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame Chairman Bob Fidler said. “There have been a lot of people that have made contributions to the game, not only players and coaches but sponsors, umpires and others. We don’t want those names to be forgotten.”
The list is very distinguished with 8 new members of the inaugural class including: Ken Berry, Francis “Beany” Conwell, Elwood “Bingo” DeMoss, Lee Dodson, Marion McDonald, Mike Torrez, Fred White and Gene Wilson.
They will all be honored in a virtual hall of fame. A formal induction ceremony is set to take place in July.