Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame Honors Gil Hodges

Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and National Baseball Hall of Fame hopeful Gil Hodges passed away because of a heart attack after finishing a round of golf on this date in 1972.
Hodges was born in Princeton, IN, and his family, including older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Marjorie, moved 30 miles north to Petersburg, IN, when Gil was 7.
Hodges was a four-sport athlete at Petersburg High School. He ran track and played baseball, basketball, and football, earning a combined seven varsity letters. In 1941, like his brother before him, Hodges was offered a Class-D contract by the Detroit Tigers. But he declined and enrolled at St. Joseph’s College on an athletic scholarship. St. Joseph’s, 100 miles north of Indianapolis, had a well-regarded physical education program and Hodges had designs on a college coaching career. He played baseball and basketball for the Pumas and was a member of the United States Marines ROTC.
After his sophomore year, Hodges was offered a contract by a local sporting goods store owner and part-time Dodgers scout, Stanley Feezle. The lure of playing in the major leagues was too much this time and Hodges left St. Joseph’s to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Brooklyn called up the 19-year-old Hodges late in the 1943 season. He made his debut at Crosley Field on Oct. 3, the Dodgers’ last game of the year. Facing Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer, Hodges went 0-for-2 at the plate. Eleven days later, he entered the Marine Corps and was sent to Hawaii, first to Pearl Harbor and later Kauai. Hodges served as a gunner in the 16th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. From Hawaii, he went to Tinian in the South Pacific. In April 1945, Sgt. Hodges, now assigned to his battalion’s operations and intelligence section, landed on Okinawa with the assault troops and was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star.
The solidly built Hodges stood 6-feet-1½-inches tall and weighed 200 pounds. He batted and threw right-handed, and was considered big for a baseball player of that era. However, Hodges was a gentle giant, often playing the role of peacemaker during on-field brawls. His hands were so large that teammate Pee Wee Reese once remarked that he could have played first base barehanded but wore a mitt because it was fashionable.
Dodgers President Branch Rickey sent the now 22-year-old Hodges to the Newport News (Virginia) Dodgers, the club’s entry in the Class-B Piedmont League, where he was converted from infielder to catcher. Hodges played in 129 games, hitting .278 with 8 home runs for Newport News. For his efforts, Hodges was named to the all-league team. He went to the historic and tumultuous Dodgers 1947 spring training and made the team. He was the second-string catcher but played just 24 games behind the plate as the backup to Bruce Edwards.
On May 17 at Forbes Field, Hodges, batting for pitcher Harry Taylor, singled off Pittsburgh’s Fritz Ostermueller for his first major-league hit. Hodges hit his first major-league home run on June 18, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. His blast came in the seventh inning against Cubs starter Hank Borowy and broke a 3–3 tie.
Hodges appeared in 28 games overall in 1947. He clearly needed more playing time, but he was not going to get it behind the plate. With Roy Campanella on the way to take over for Edwards, another position change for Hodges was in order. The next spring, Dodgers manager Leo Durocher subsequently wrote that he “put a first baseman’s glove on our other rookie catcher, Gil Hodges. … Three days later, I’m looking at the best first baseman I’d seen since Dolph Camilli.”
In 1948 Hodges played 96 games at first base, but he was the catcher in 38 games as well. With 13 errors at first, his fielding percentage was .986, the only year he played regularly that he fielded under .990. In addition, he contributed 11 home runs and 70 runs batted in for the third-place Dodgers. He would not drive in fewer than 100 runs over the next seven seasons, nor would the Dodgers finish lower than second place over the next eight campaigns.
On December 26, 1948, Hodges married the former Joan Lombardi, from the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. The couple made a permanent home in Brooklyn, one of the few Dodgers to do so, and raised four children, Gil Jr. (who would spend some time as a player in the New York Mets minor-league system), Irene, Cynthia, and Barbara. (As of 2018, Joan Hodges still lived in that house in Brooklyn.) This no doubt made Gil “one of them” in the eyes of the fans. Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers’ owner, stated, “If I had sold or traded Hodges, the Brooklyn fans would hang me, burn me, and tear me to pieces.”8 The very busy Hodges used the GI Bill to earn his degree at Oakland City College in Indiana during the 1947 and 1948 offseasons.
By 1949 the Brooklyn Dodgers were poised for the most productive period in the franchise’s history. The fabled lineup was in place: Roy Campanella behind the plate, Hodges at first, Jackie Robinson at second, Pee Wee Reese at short, Billy Cox at third, Duke Snider in center, and Carl Furillo in right with a rotating cast in left. The team did not disappoint; Brooklyn won the National League pennant, edging the St. Louis Cardinals by one game. Hodges was now a key contributor. His first career grand slam came on May 14 off the Boston Braves’ Bill Voiselle. Hodges hit for the cycle on June 25 in a 17-10 victory at Forbes Field. He hit a single, a double, a homer, and then a triple before hitting his second homer of the game in the ninth. He was 5-for-6 with four RBIs for the day.
Hodges appeared in his first All-Star Game and went 1-for-3 with a run scored. For the season, he tied with Snider for the team lead in home runs with 23, and his 115 RBIs were second on the team to Robinson’ 124. Brooklyn’s pennant euphoria was short-lived, however, as the Dodgers lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in five games. Hodges drove in four of the team’s 14 runs in the Series.
The next two years, 1950 and 1951, brought consecutive second-place finishes. Hodges’ power numbers continued to improve: He averaged 36 home runs and 108 RBIs for the two seasons. He established his career high in runs scored in 1951 with 118, one of three seasons in which he topped 100. He also established a career high in strikeouts, 99, which led the league. (He finished in the NL top 10 in strikeouts 11 times in his career.)
In the 1951 All-Star Game, Hodges went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer. However, his biggest day came on August 31, 1950, when he became the fourth major leaguer to hit four home runs in a nine-inning game. He went 5-for-6 and had 9 RBIs that night at Ebbets Field, hitting the home runs off four different Braves pitchers. His 17 total bases tied a major-league record.
The Dodgers won pennants in 1952 and 1953, only to fall again each time to the Yankees in the Series. In 1952, Hodges hit 32 home runs and drove in 102, while in 1953 he had 31 home runs and 122 RBIs, despite hitting just .181 through May 23.
The slump with which Hodges began the 1953 season actually had carried over from the 1952 World Series and cemented the legendary bond between Hodges and the Brooklyn fans. In the seven-game Series, he went 0-for-21 with five walks. Instead of booing their first baseman, the Ebbets Field faithful embraced him, cheering him warmly, sometimes with standing ovations, before each at-bat.
In his classic The Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn wrote, “The fans of Brooklyn warmed to the first baseman as he suffered his slump. A movement to save him rose from cement sidewalks and the roots of trampled Flatbush grass. More than thirty people a day wrote to Hodges. Packages arrived with rosary beads, rabbits’ feet, mezuzahs, scapulars.”
The 1954 season saw the Dodgers finish in second place and Hodges post career highs in batting average (.304), home runs (42), RBIs (130), and slugging (.579). It was his second consecutive year over the .300 mark. Hodges had 19 sacrifice flies, yet another career high, which also led the major leagues by a wide margin. On the last day of the regular season, September 26, Hodges had a solo shot and provided the only run rookie Karl Spooner needed for a 1-0 Dodgers victory. The homer was the 25th Hodges hit at Ebbets Field in 1954, establishing a new club record. His 42 homers and 130 RBIs were both second in the National League in their categories. It was the closest he would come to winning a home-run or RBI title.
In 1955 the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first and only World Series. Hodges, now 31 years old, contributed 27 homers, 102 RBIs, and a .500 slugging percentage to the Dodgers’ first-place finish. Brooklyn clinched the ’55 pennant on September 8 with a 10-2 drubbing of Milwaukee, the earliest a team had clinched the pennant in the 80-year history of the National League. For the fifth time in nine years, they met the Yankees in the World Series. Hodges hit .292 (7-for-24) with a homer, three walks and five RBIs. Hodges drove in the only two runs scored in the seventh and deciding game of the Series, and recorded the final putout on a throw from Reese.
Hodges would appear in two more World Series, 1956 and 1959. He continued to play as a regular over the span of those years, averaging 26 home runs and 82 runs batted in. Hodges homered once in each Series; in the 1956 seven-game loss to the Yankees, he had a hand in 12 of the Dodgers’ 25 runs, and he batted .391 in the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers Series win over the Chicago White Sox. In that Series, he won Game Four with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth that snapped a 4-4 tie. In all, Hodges played in 39 World Series games, compiling a .267 average (35-for-131) with 5 homers, 21 RBIs, and 15 runs scored.
Hodges was active for parts of four more seasons, but knee and other injuries limited his playing time. Despite the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles, the Hodges family maintained their home in Brooklyn, and after the 1961 season, the newly formed New York Mets selected Hodges in the first National League expansion draft. He hit the first home run in Mets history, on April 11, 1962. Overall, he appeared in 54 games for the woeful ’62 Mets, hitting .252.
Hodges began 1963 as an active player, but retired when the two-year-old Washington Senators asked him to be their manager. After clearing waivers, he was traded to Washington for outfielder Jimmy Piersall on May 23, ending his playing career. Fittingly, Hodges’s last major-league hit was an RBI single, on May 5, 1963, against the San Francisco Giants. He had hit his 370th and final home run on July 6, 1962. Until April 19 of the next season, when Willie Mays hit career home run 371, Hodges had the most home runs by a right-handed batter in National League history.
Each season after Hodges’ arrival, the expansion Senators improved on their record from the previous season, peaking with a 76-85 record in 1967. On December 4, 1964, the Senators engineered a seven-player trade with the Dodgers. The Senators received Hodges’ former teammate, slugging outfielder Frank Howard, pitchers Phil Ortega and Pete Richert, first baseman Dick Nen, and third baseman Ken McMullen.
These players were the core of the Senators franchise for the next several years and helped Hodges bring the team from 10th place to their surprising sixth-place finish in 1967. Although he had one year left on his contract, Hodges would not be around to guide the Senators in 1968. When Wes Westrum resigned as manager of the New York Mets in September 1967, the Mets sought out Hodges as his replacement.
Joan Hodges had never been more than an infrequent commuter to Washington, and Hodges still had financial interests in bowling alleys in Brooklyn. Given his popularity in the New York area, he was a natural fit for the Mets. While Senators general manager George Selkirk did not want to lose Hodges, he eventually relented, aided by a Mets payment of $100,000 and a player to be named. Hodges then signed a three-year, $150,000 contract to manage the Mets.
The Mets had never finished above .500, but they were just four games below that mark at the 1968 All-Star break. They could not maintain the pace, however, and lost 46 of the remaining 80 games. On September 24, 1968, the 44-year-old Hodges suffered a “mild” heart attack during a game in Atlanta. In addition to the stress, which he always kept bottled up, and his father’s early death from an embolism, he also had developed a smoking habit on Okinawa, contributing factors for an attack so early in life. The ’68 Mets did move up one position in the standings, to ninth place, a 12-game improvement over 1967. There was little in their second-half performance that would predict the much greater improvements still to come.
Hodges’ first winning season as manager came with the 1969 Mets, a team that went 100-62, 27 wins more than the previous year. They were led by rising star pitchers Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and promising youngster Nolan Ryan, as well as left fielder Cleon Jones and center fielder Tommie Agee.
On July 8, 1969, the Mets were in second place in the National League Eastern Division, 5½ games behind the Chicago Cubs. They were entering a nine-day stretch during which they would play 10 games, six of them against the Cubs, and four against the expansion Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals). The New York sports press referred to this as “9 crucial days,” which would determine if the Mets were contenders or pretenders.
In the game against the Cubs on July 8, the Mets, down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, rallied for three runs to win the contest. Included in the rally were doubles by two pinch-hitters, Ken Boswell and midseason acquisition Donn Clendenon. The next night was Tom Seaver’s self-titled “Imperfect Game,” a one-hitter with the only blemish a one-out base hit by the 26th batter to face him, Jimmy Qualls.
The Cubs won the final game of the series, and in the press conference afterward, Hodges was characteristically guarded, with a message for his team as well. When asked, “Did the team let down today?” he replied, “We’ll take seven more in a row and lose one anytime. … We took two out of three. … [W]e’re in good shape.”11
After taking two of three from Montreal (one game called because of rain), the Mets traveled to Chicago to face the Cubs. Still five games back at the beginning of the series, the Mets lost the first game 1-0 before taking the next two, ending up, on July 17, four games out of first.
Hodges’ level-headedness and humor were certainly a factor in guiding the team through this season. When asked about the last three batters in the Expos lineup getting eight hits in the lone Expos’ win, he said, “They can beat you as well as anyone else. They have a bat in their hands, don’t they?” When asked if pitching was his greatest concern now, he replied, “No, hitting is.” When a reporter leaves, saying that he can’t stand the quiet of this press conference, Hodges quipped, “I can’t stand the quiet either, but I can’t leave.”12
In another veiled message to his team, when a reporter asked Hodges if he would call the Mets a team of destiny, he said, “No, I wouldn’t.”13 However, on September 1, the Mets were five games behind the Cubs. The Cubs proceeded to go 9-17 in September and October, while the Mets finished the season winning 38 of their final 49 games, including a 23-7 September.
What is truly remarkable about Hodges’ managerial achievement, besides the 27-win improvement from the previous season, was the fact that the Mets had only two players (Jones and Agee) who had enough plate appearances to qualify for a batting title. In fact, Hodges platooned at catcher, right field, and all the infield positions. While the Mets did not finish above the league average in any major offensive statistic, they had only one more run allowed than the league-leading St. Louis Cardinals. Projecting wins based on runs scored and runs allowed (Bill James’ Pythagorean Projection), the Mets were expected to have 92 wins. They wound up with an even 100.
The Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, with four future Hall of Famers on their roster, in three straight games in the NL playoffs. The New Yorkers outscored the Braves by an aggregate score of 27-15. In the first game, despite five earned runs surrendered by eventual Cy Young Award winner Tom Seaver, the Mets won 9-5, capped off by a five-run rally in the top of the eighth that included a two-run single by pinch-hitter J.C. Martin. The Mets accomplished this victory without an appearance by eventual World Series MVP Clendenon, as the Braves did not start any lefty hurlers.
In the World Series, Hodges and the Mets defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles (also with four future Hall of Famers, including manager Earl Weaver) in five games, making the Mets the first expansion team to win a World Series. The Mets had lost the first game but swept the next four, outscoring the Orioles 14-5 in the process, a dominating effort by his young pitching staff.
The bottom of the sixth inning in the clinching Game Five has become a part of the Gil Hodges legend. The Mets, up three games to one in the Series but losing 3-0 and facing a return to Baltimore for a sixth game, had Cleon Jones leading off. Orioles lefty Dave McNally, with a 1-and-1 count, bounced a curveball at Jones’s feet for ball two. Or did it hit Jones? He pointed to his foot, claiming the latter. The ball had bounced 50 feet into the Mets dugout. Hodges came out with the ball with a black smudge on it, convinced home-plate umpire Lou DiMuro that it had struck Jones, and Cleon was waved to first. Clendenon then hit a McNally offering to left for a home run that cut the Baltimore advantage to 3-2. The Mets went on to win, 5-3.
Hodges was voted Manager of the Year for turning the lovable losers into world champions. The Mets finished with identical 83-79 records in each of the next two seasons. For Hodges, there would be no more championships.
The spring of 1972 saw the first modern players strike. On April 2, Easter Sunday, Hodges played golf at the Palm Beach Lakes golf course in Florida with coaches Joe Pignatano, Rube Walker, and Eddie Yost. The first two were old Brooklyn Dodger pals, while Yost had been with Hodges since the Senators days. As they walked off the final hole of their 27-hole day toward their rooms at the Ramada Inn, Pignatano asked Hodges what time they were to meet for dinner. Hodges answered him, “7:30,” and then he fell to the pavement. He was just 47 years old.
The Mets were scheduled to open the season in Pittsburgh on April 7, the day of the funeral, but the players agreed to forfeit the game to attend. The Pirates graciously canceled the game, which was not played anyway because of the lingering strike. Coach Yogi Berra took over the stunned Mets as Hodges’ replacement and led the Mets back to the World Series in 1973.
In the years since Hodges’ death, much attention has been given to his absence from the Hall of Fame. He has received well over 3,000 Hall of Fame votes, including the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) vote for the first 15 years of eligibility (1969 to 1983), and the various incarnations of the Veterans Committee subsequent to that. In 11 of his years on the BBWAA ballot, he finished with more votes than at least one and as many as10 men who were ultimately elected to the Hall. In all, 25 Hall of Famers received fewer votes than Hodges at one time or another on the BBWAA ballot. Some were elected by the writers, some by the Veterans, but 13 never received more votes than Hodges during the years that they were both on the BBWAA ballot at the same time.
Hodges led all major-league first basemen of the 1950s in home runs (310), games (1,477), at-bats (5,313), runs (890), hits (1,491), runs batted in (1,001), total bases (2,733), strikeouts (882), and extra-base hits (585). He made the All-Star team eight times, every year from 1949-55 and again in 1957, the most of any first baseman of the time. In addition, Hodges was considered the finest defensive first baseman of the era, winning Gold Gloves the first three years they were given out (1957-59, and there were no separate AL and NL awards). Also, he was second among all players in the 1950s in home runs and RBIs, third in total bases and eighth in runs. Not to mention the managerial feat of 1969. Did his premature death cause people to forget about his greatness?
The bridge that spans the East Fork of the White River in northern Pike County, Indiana, is now named the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. A space was left at the bottom of the stone monument to someday include the wording of Hodges’ Cooperstown plaque.

Former Kokomo Haworth coach, 1985 inductee Keith Slaughter passes way

The Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame is saddened to report that Keith Slaughter, the successful former head coach at Kokomo Haworth High School and a 1985 Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, passed away last week. The Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame would like to extend our condolences to the Slaughter family.

Mr. Slaughter’s obituary:
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?n=keith-alan-slaughter&pid=191892504

Charles Harmon, 1995 inductee, and the first African American to play for the Cincinnati Reds passed away on March 19.
He was a native of Washington, Indiana.

Dick Naylor, 1996 inductee passes

Dick Naylor 1996 inductee to Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame passed away recently.
Dick was long time coach at Hanover College and great supporter of coaches association and the hall of fame.

Jim Hughes Passes – November 12, 2018

Jim Hughes,  former coach at Franklin County passed away on November 12, 2018.

Jim was inducted into the hall of fame in class of 2003.

Save the Date: Hall of Fame inductions for the class of 2019.

Hall of Fame inductions for the class of 2019 will take place on January 18, 2019 in Indianapolis at the Sheraton/Keystone at the Crossing hotel.

Watch for posting of the inductees by end of January

2018 Celebrity GOLF CLASSIC

2018 GOLF CLASSIC

TEAM WINNERS
1 ST Joel Padfield, Griffin Brown, Glen Pierce, Rich Kunkel, Justin Leibering, Carson Pierce
2 nd Doug Bies, Ian Weyer, Alex Pfau, Jason Jochim, Michael Bies, Andrew Bies
3 rd Mark Lechner, Mike Fritch, J R Hutto, Brad Mennard, J D Dennis, Jason Roberts
4 th Jeff Isom, Martin Schull, J T Tolles, Nicole McDonald, Pat Morrisey, Scott Sinnott
5 th Kevin Olinger, Kerry Eckerle, Dwain Merder, Carol Olinger, Chris Snow, Jenn Hilgefort
6 th Kevin Mahar, Brett Smith, Chris Schmidt, Cade Knies, Shane O’Connor, Ben Schmidt

HOLE CONTEST WINNERS
Closest to pin #2- Donovan Crews
Closest to pin #5- John Kahle
Closest to pin #12-John Roos
Closest to pin #16- Brent Schmidt
Longest putt made #18- Scott Hagen
Putting contest- Ron Wright- 2”
Longest drive men- Ian Weyer
Longest drive women- Jenn HIlgefort

GRAND RAFFLE WINNERS
1. FRENCH LICK RESORT-one night stay 2 ppl at hotel/round of golf for 2 ppl at Donald
Ross Course expires 10/31/2019- Chris Lininger-CHRIS BROTHERS
2. KINGS GREAT BUYS PLUS- Recliner- John Roos- CURTIS STERNBERG
3. BEST HOME FURNISHINGS-Recliner- Brian Partenheimer-JOEL PADFIELD
4. NATIONAL OFFICE-pair of cinch chairs-Greg Weisman- JASON STAMM
5. NATIONAL OFFICE-pair of cinch chairs-Greg Weisman- GREG PFISTER
6. JASPER GROUP-pair indoor/outdoor chairs-Mike Elliott- SHANE WERNER
7. JASPER GROUP-pair indoor/outdoor chairs- Mike Elliott- BRIAN PARTENHEIMER
8. INDIANA FURNITURE-office chair- Paula Schmidt- JON HOWARD
9. KIMBALL-office chair- Phil Mehringer- RICH SAUGET
10. SULTAN’S RUN-round of golf for four/cart- Bob Johnson-HANK ZUNK
11. T D I BRANDS- Petit border spade/fox point shovel-Mike Bartley-STAN KLEIN
12. UEBELHOR TV-Samsung Blu/Ray Disc-DVD player-Scott Uebelhor-BRIAN DORSETT
13. BOECKMANS FURNITURE-$30 gift certificate-Jeff Boeckman-CODY YOUNG
14. UEBELHOR DEVELOPMENT/BOMBERS-2 GA season tickets-Mike Uebelhor- PAT
MORRISEY
15. MEYER DISTRIBUTING-Yeti/Meyer tumbler set-Shawn O’Connor-BOB RITZ
16. HALL OF FAME-40 dozen Titleist DT Tru Soft golf balls

SPECIAL THANKS
GRANDY’S CATERING-Kelsey Merkel
WOODS PRINTING-Jamie for composition of program
VOLUNTEERS-Gary Meyer, Darren Howard, Janet Howard, Kim Wagner, Mary Kamman,
Jason Stamm, Terry Gobert, Brian Kirchoff, Wayne Johnson

SULTAN’S RUN GOLF CLUB-Jeff Howerton, head PGA professional, Brett Popp, course
superintendent and maintenance staff, 19 th hole staff, Allison Heichelbech, Bob Johnson
SPECIAL THANKS TO STERNBERG AUTOMOTIVE GROUP FOR SPONSORSHIP OF HOLE IN ONE
CONTEST
TO BUSINESSES WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF GOLF CLASSIC FOR ALL 26 EVENTS:
Mehringer Plmb., Htng., AC
Olinger Diamond Center
Hedinger Beverage Distributing
SERVUS

2017 RESULTS INDIANA BASEBALL HALL OF FAME GOLF CLASSIC OCTOBER 6, 2017

25TH ANNIVERSARY GOLF CLASSIC—198 GOLFERS—GREAT DAY TEMP AT 83 DEGREES

TEAM WINNERS

1st Place-Jason Roberts, J R Hutto, John Dennis, Brad Mennard, Mike Fritch, Mark Lechner
2nd Place-Richard Kunkel, Anthony Bradley, Glen Pierce, Jason Miller, Justin Leibering, Bernie Allen
3rd Place-Doug Bies, Jason Jochim, Andrew Bies, Mike Bies, Ian Weyer, Alex Pfau
4th Place-Kelly Howard, Curtis Crow, Kyle Howard, Steven Kreig, Jon Howard, Greg Weisman
5th Place-Bryson Bolling, Stu Voyles, Nick Abbett, Beaner Henke, Derek Bolling,  Walt Terrell
6th Place-John Roos, Bob Ritz, Chris Vogler, Jeff Sanders, Andy Giesler, Gary Oeding

HOLE CONTEST WINNERS

Longest drive men-Kevin Huelsman-Golf Bag- HEDINGER BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTING
Longest drive women-Nicole McDonald-Golf Bat-HEDINGER BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTING
Longest putt made #18-Marth Oxford-$250 Gift Card Sultan’s Run Golf Club-HALL OF FAME
Putting contest-Chris Edwards- $250 Gift Card Sultan’s Run Golf Club-HALL OF FAME
Closest to pin #2-Tom Baker-$250 Gift Card Sultan’s Run Golf Club-HALL OF FAME
Closest to pin #5-Nicole McDonald-$250 Gift Card Sultan’s Run Golf Club- HALL OF FAME
Closest to pin #12-Lou Moneymaker-$250 Gift Card Sultan’s Run Golf Club-HALL OF FAME
Closest to pin #16-Curtis Crow,-SEIKO watch-OLINGER DIAMOND CENTER

RAFFLE PRIZES

FRENCH LICK overnight/breakfast package-by Joseph Vezzoso, jr.-TY EATON
Lane Recliner-KINGS GREAT BUYS PLUS-donated by John Roos-JEFF SCHULZ
Lane Recliner-KINGS GREAT BUYS PLUS-donated by John Roos-CAROL OLINGER
Best Home Recliner-BEST HOME FURNISHINGS-donated by Brian Partenheimer-JOEY STEVENSON
Two person lounge chair-INDIANA FURNITURE-donated by Mike Blessinger-JASON ROBERTS
Office swivel chair-KIMBALL OFFICE-donated by Phil Mehringer-ANN BONAN
Padded office chair/casters-NATIONAL OFFICE-donated by Greg Weisman-CHRIS BERG
Padded office chair/casters-NATIONAL OFFICE-donated by Greg Weisman-RICH KUNKEL
Coon/deck chairs (2)/legs/arms-JASPER GROUP-donated by Mike Elliott-RYAN MILLER
Indoor/outdoor stackables (4)- JASPER GROUP-donated by Mike Elliott-RON SCHITTER
Round golf for 4/cart-SULTAN’S RUN GOLF CLUB-donated by Allison Heichelbeck – MIKE BERG
LG Blue-ray disc player/DVD player- UEBELHOR TV-donated by Scott Uebelhor-TROY STUART
Gardeners tool package-T D I BRANDS-donated by Mike Bartley, Rachel Weyer-GREG PFISTER
BOMBERS voucher 2 GA tickets 2018-donated by UEBELHOR DEVELOPMENT-CHRIS BROTHERS
$30 gift certificate– donated by BOECKMANS FURNITURE-MIKE RAY
40 DZ. TITELIST TRU SOFT GOLF BALLS donated by Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING
Grandy’s Catering- Kelsey Merkel– superb food at pairings party, breakfast, dinner
Woods Printing-Jamie-composition of program and our great cover
Volunteer workers-Gary Meyer, Darren Howard, Janet Howard, Kim Wagner, Larry Sigler, Jason Stamm,
Brian Kirchoff, Terry Gobert, Wayne Johnson
Sultan’s Run Golf Club-Jeff Howerton, head PGA  golf professional, Bob Johnson, -Brett Popp and the
maintenance staff, the 19th hole staff, Allison Heichelbeck.

SPECIAL THANKS TO STERNBERG AUTOMOTIVE GROUP FOR SPONSORSHIP OF HOLE-IN-ONE CONTEST ON EACH PAR THREE.
TO THE FOUR BUSINESS WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF GOLF CLASSIC FOR ALL 25 YEARS OF THE EVENT: HEDINGER BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTING—MEHRINGER  HEATING, PLUMBING, AC., OLINGER DIAMOND
                                                                           CENTER, SERVUS

Jim Reinebold 1930-2017

Jim Reinebold, former coach South Bend Clay passed away 2/8.Jim was inducted into hall of fame in the first class, 1979.

2019 Celebrity Golf Classic Registration Information

27th golf classic date is October 4, 2019

Information on the classic can be obtained by contacting:

Ray Howard – email: rajahoward@psci.net.

 

2018 GOLF CLASSIC – 192 golfers, great day with 85 degrees temp.

TEAM WINNERS
1 ST Joel Padfield, Griffin Brown, Glen Pierce, Rich Kunkel, Justin Leibering, Carson Pierce
2 nd Doug Bies, Ian Weyer, Alex Pfau, Jason Jochim, Michael Bies, Andrew Bies
3 rd Mark Lechner, Mike Fritch, J R Hutto, Brad Mennard, J D Dennis, Jason Roberts
4 th Jeff Isom, Martin Schull, J T Tolles, Nicole McDonald, Pat Morrisey, Scott Sinnott
5 th Kevin Olinger, Kerry Eckerle, Dwain Merder, Carol Olinger, Chris Snow, Jenn Hilgefort
6 th Kevin Mahar, Brett Smith, Chris Schmidt, Cade Knies, Shane O’Connor, Ben Schmidt

HOLE CONTEST WINNERS
Closest to pin #2- Donovan Crews
Closest to pin #5- John Kahle
Closest to pin #12-John Roos
Closest to pin #16- Brent Schmidt
Longest putt made #18- Scott Hagen
Putting contest- Ron Wright- 2”
Longest drive men- Ian Weyer
Longest drive women- Jenn HIlgefort

GRAND RAFFLE WINNERS
1. FRENCH LICK RESORT-one night stay 2 ppl at hotel/round of golf for 2 ppl at Donald
Ross Course expires 10/31/2019- Chris Lininger-CHRIS BROTHERS
2. KINGS GREAT BUYS PLUS- Recliner- John Roos- CURTIS STERNBERG
3. BEST HOME FURNISHINGS-Recliner- Brian Partenheimer-JOEL PADFIELD
4. NATIONAL OFFICE-pair of cinch chairs-Greg Weisman- JASON STAMM
5. NATIONAL OFFICE-pair of cinch chairs-Greg Weisman- GREG PFISTER
6. JASPER GROUP-pair indoor/outdoor chairs-Mike Elliott- SHANE WERNER
7. JASPER GROUP-pair indoor/outdoor chairs- Mike Elliott- BRIAN PARTENHEIMER
8. INDIANA FURNITURE-office chair- Paula Schmidt- JON HOWARD
9. KIMBALL-office chair- Phil Mehringer- RICH SAUGET
10. SULTAN’S RUN-round of golf for four/cart- Bob Johnson-HANK ZUNK
11. T D I BRANDS- Petit border spade/fox point shovel-Mike Bartley-STAN KLEIN
12. UEBELHOR TV-Samsung Blu/Ray Disc-DVD player-Scott Uebelhor-BRIAN DORSETT
13. BOECKMANS FURNITURE-$30 gift certificate-Jeff Boeckman-CODY YOUNG
14. UEBELHOR DEVELOPMENT/BOMBERS-2 GA season tickets-Mike Uebelhor- PAT MORRISEY
15. MEYER DISTRIBUTING-Yeti/Meyer tumbler set-Shawn O’Connor-BOB RITZ
16. HALL OF FAME-40 dozen Titleist DT Tru Soft golf balls

SPECIAL THANKS
GRANDY’S CATERING-Kelsey Merkel
WOODS PRINTING-Jamie for composition of program
VOLUNTEERS-Gary Meyer, Darren Howard, Janet Howard, Kim Wagner, Mary Kamman,
Jason Stamm, Terry Gobert, Brian Kirchoff, Wayne Johnson

SULTAN’S RUN GOLF CLUB-Jeff Howerton, head PGA professional, Brett Popp, course
superintendent and maintenance staff, 19 th hole staff, Allison Heichelbech, Bob Johnson
SPECIAL THANKS TO STERNBERG AUTOMOTIVE GROUP FOR SPONSORSHIP OF HOLE IN ONE
CONTEST

BUSINESSES WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF GOLF CLASSIC FOR ALL 26 EVENTS:
Mehringer Plmb., Htng., AC
Olinger Diamond Center
Hedinger Beverage Distributing
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