Inductee — Red Carrington

carringtonRed Carrington

Class of 1987

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, IN

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Biography:

Widely recognized as Ft. Waynes “Mr. Baseball”. He played at old Ft. Wayne High School from 1920-22 and went on to play intramurally at Indiana University. He returned to Ft. Wayne after college and played for the South Side Athletic Club. His first semi-pro team in this league was called the Club Cigars. He then move on to play for the Columbus Club.

He was, and still is, very active in various baseball organizations. The Fort Wayne Amateur Baseball Federation was organized in 1931 and by 1933 he was the secretary for the league. In 1933 he became president, a position he held for 50 years. He served as a scout for many major league teams as well as serving as president of the North American Baseball Federation and the citys Baseball and Softball Commission for many years. In 1967 he was inducted into the Fort Wayne Baseball Hall of Fame and in 1983 the East Chicago Hall of Fame. In 1978 the Old Utilities Park in Fort Wayne was renamed Carrington Field in his honor.

He has been recognized by the states of Florida, as Son-or-the-Beach in 1969; Kentucky, as a Kentucky Colonel in 1978 and by Indiana as a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1987.