Inductee — Barton Kaufman
Class of 2016
Barton L. “Bart” Kaufman has long been involved in baseball in Indiana. He prepped three seasons at Shelbyville High School and then went on to play collegiately at IU for Ernie Andres. His senior year he was named all Big Ten and hit .452, which was runner-up to Bill Freehan of Michigan. He then attended Law School in Bloomington and continued to play and coach baseball in the amateur leagues in Indianapolis. As a part of that extended play, he was a participant in the Dodgertown Adult Fantasy Camps and is a member of the Hall of Fame in that area.
In 1982, Indianapolis mayor William Hudnut appointed Bart to help bring an NFL team to Indy and in the process he found two major baseball franchises that considered moving to the capital city, but those moves never came to fruition. More recently, Mr. Kaufman has been involved in new facility developments that have allowed young people to keep playing baseball and softball.