Inductee — Keith Slaughter

slaughterKeith Slaughter

Class of 1986

Birthplace: Kokomo, IN

Coach

Biography:

Keith is a 53 graduate of Kokomo High School and pitched eight games for the Wildkats during his senior season. A lefty, he pitched mainly in relief for the Greyhounds of Indiana Central College for the next four years during which time they won three conference titles. After spending five years in the baseball program in Kokomo, he was named the head coach at the new, cross-town rival, Haworth High School, where he coached the Huskies for eleven seasons. He posted a record of 202-111, which included seven sectional titles, four regionals, and two semistate honors along with three Olympic Conference titles. Keith served as an assistant coach for the North All-Star Series in 1978.

Highlights included coaching the first sectional championship for Haworth High School in 1969 which began an eight-year run (1969-76) where Haworth got to face the Underwood brothers from rival Kokomo both of whom pitched in the major leagues. During that stint Haworth won five sectional titles and made two trips to the State Finals, in 1970 and 1978. In both cases they ran into Evansville Memorial who ended the tourney trail.

After his teaching career as a Marketing Education teacher he retired in 1995 and is currently part-time Director of Adult Ministries for his local church in Kokomo. He and wife Bonnie have been married for 44 years and have two married sons and two grandchildren. Bradenton, Florida is home to the Slaughters for three or four winter months.