1984 INDUCTEES

CHET AREHART As a pitcher at old Suffield High School, Arehart set Portage County records, which to this day have not been broken. He even made "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" in 1933 when he struck out 27 batters, but lost the game on errors. Chet's career as a second baseman/shortstop in the A League began with Tallmadge Kramer Hardware and Kent Twin Coach before he and his brother, Earl, went barnstorming for three years- - covering 36 states playing for various teams. He returned to the area to play for West Chevrolet, Mayflower Hotel, Moore Wrestlers, Scott and Paige, Lakemore Army-Navy, Goodrich, and finished out in 1950 by hitting .375 for Canton Road Furniture. In 17 seasons in the A League, the clutch hitting 5'9", 150-pounder never hit less than .300.
GLENN "SPEED" BOSWORTH An organizer, promoter, manager, and tremendous friend of baseball for 60 years, "Speed" Bosworth had a keen impact on baseball played in the Akron area. Bosworth played with the General Tire baseball teams that won the Akron Industrial League and semi-professional championships. The infielder then became a backer/manager of youth baseball. The highlight of his career centered around the Akron Orphans which won several championships but none more gratifying than the 1945 team that captured the 1945 NABF National Championship. He closed out his colorful career as a scout for major league baseball clubs. In 1957, Bosworth became a charter member inductee into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.
ORAL BROWN Considered by many as one of the best sponsors of youth baseball of the time. For eight years Brown sponsored Canton Road Furniture in the A League. Those eight seasons were highlighted by the 1951 contingent who were the Northeast Ohio champs, and the 1952 squad that finished second in the state. Besides sponsoring on the A level, "Brownie" also made many contributions and sponsored many youth leagues in the Springfield-Lakemore communities.
JOE COSTELLO A hard-working, hard-throwing bulldog of a pitcher on the mound during his best amateur days on the Akron sandlots. However, he also handled outfield and third base positions capably. Joe's career spanned 30 years, including championship seasons with St. Martha and St. Hedwig. He also played for the Akron Guards, Akron Police, Killian Celtics, and closed out his career with Youngstown St. Stan in 1952 when he helped pitch them to the NABF National title.
JACK DILAURO He began an outstanding youth career as a pitcher in the North Akron Leagues and at North High before joining the Tramonte Black Labels in 1961. After compiling an 8-1 record for the 1962 AA League Champion Labels, he signed with the Detroit Tigers and played pro ball for 10 years. That career was highlighted as a member of the amazing 1969 New York Mets World Championship team. After finishing up with the Houston Astros in 1970, Jack came back to Akron. In 1973, while with Eaton Sports Pride, DiLauro helped pitch them to two titles while making the All-Star team three times. Jack retired from the hill after a 1975 championship season and took on the job as AA League President for two years.
DEAN DUTTON He moved from All-City performances at Garfield High in the mid 1950's to successful All-Star performances in the A League, beginning his rookie season with Krispy Kreme at age 18 when he was the first recipient of the Frank Garcia Award as the League's most outstanding player. Dean never hit under .300 while helping the Kremes to three titles. After a stint in the Phillies minor league system, Dean picked up where he left off as a strong-hitting, slick fielding center fielder for the champion Black Label teams and closed out his career with NABF tourney team Weather Seal in 1971. Always close to the top of league hitting stats, Dean was selected for seven all-star teams.
ED FINNEY From his All-City days at West High through his days in the A League and the travels through the historic old Negro Leagues, Ed Finney was a "bulldog" of a player, ripping out line drive base hits and sweeping the field from second or third base positions. After a stint in the Navy following West High, Finney began again to display his talents on the diamond with an All-Star performance for Stembridge A.C. In between trips to the Negro Leagues, 1947-50, Ed got in a year with the champion Borden Autos team. A broken ankle cut off his pro chances in '51, while others like Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Joe Black and Jim Gilliam were moving up the major league ladder. He returned to the pro's in '52 but another ankle injury in '54 ended his pro career. Ed finished out on the Akron sandlots with the Royal Vagabonds and then spent a few years coaching in the youth leagues.
NICK FRASCELLA He first made a name for himself as a cager at the College of Wooster, where he is a member of the school's Hall of Fame. He later played with the Goodyear Wingfoots, but his claim to fame in this situation is as an umpire. Frascella's exposure to baseball came early in life and he was an outstanding first baseman for the Golden Age team in the A League and at Wooster. He turned to officiating baseball in the early 1940's and through the years, Nick has been considered the best and most likeable umpire in the sport. If there was a big game in town, Frascella was usually one of the umpires working the game. After over 40 years, Frascella is still calling balls and strikes--only it's softball now.
MIKE GRIMM Mike grew up on the east side, attending East High, where he was All-City in football and baseball and led East to titles in both sports. He developed into an outstanding power hitter and defensive outfielder with speedy base-stealing talents. He first joined the AA League in 1953 with Old Dutch Beer, and followed with a crack at pro ball with the Cardinals organization until a shoulder injury sent him home to play with Howe Construction in 1955. He then played for the tough Krispy Kreme clubs and finished his Akron career with the legendary Black Labels in 1961, a team that won 69 games. Mike always hit around .400 and won the coveted Garcia Award in 1957 when he hit .420 and led the Akron All-Stars to a 9-2 win over Canton in the first game of that series. After leaving Akron for a flying career with the U.S. Air Force, including six years of service play, he led the Greater Boston Park League with a .437 average and his Connolly Club team to the title in 1964; was an All-Star selection in 1967 while hitting .487 for Howard AFB, Panama; and ended his career in 1969 for the champion Hickam AFB Flyers in Hawaii.
LINC HACKIM, JR. An outstanding career on the Akron sandlots had its beginning in the Copley youth leagues. The career of Linc Hackim began as a 10-year old and continued through an All-Star career at Copley High and the AA League, to his present position as a manager and President of Stow Youth Baseball. An outstanding first baseman who always hit for better than a .300 average, Linc came out of Copley to play two years for Krispy Kreme before joining the champion Black Labels for seven years. Later he helped Wayne Knolls Farms capture the 1970 crown and was with Eaton Sports Pride for six years, which won three titles. He closed out his career as player/manager for Forest City that won the 1980 title. Linc was named to 13 All-Star teams in the AA League and won the coveted Frank Garcia award in 1963.
SAM HICKMAN This All-Star first baseman's career got off to a great start. He came to Akron from Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1931, and quickly became a fixture in the A League with the North Akron Merchants before moving to the St. Martha team that captured the League crown. Sam played for the Cuyahoga Falls Majestics, Semler Tavern, and with the League champion Killian Celtics before spending a year in the Detroit Tiger minor league system. He returned to the Celtics for five years, during which he had his most productive year--batting .411 in 1938. His career was interrupted by WW II. After a stint in the U.S. Army, Hickman closed out his baseball career by helping the Smith Sheriffs win the 1946 League title.
GEORGE JOYCE He had a long and brilliant career as a power-hitting outfielder and strong-armed, right-handed pitcher on the Akron sandlots. George had his best years from 1929 through 1939 as he played a key part in seven championships. George's vicious hitting and power pitching helped Sacred Heart win the 1929 title. He was with the Akron Guards in '30, returned to Tri-County champ Sacred Heart in '31, then played for St. Martha, the NEO Champs in '32. George was with three Killian Celtics teams that won League titles in between stints with Akron Sporting Goods, Majestic Radios, Koerber Beer and Sunset Park. After the '39 title season with the Celtics, George retired from playing but remained active on the diamond by umpiring for 18 years.
HAL PARTENHEIMER Springfield, Massachusetts' loss was Akron's big gain when the Partenheimer family moved to Akron in 1933. The move provided an outstanding, hard-hitting infielder in Hal Partenheimer. His Akron career began with the Gordon Drug Aces, followed by Schneider Red Hots, Akron Jays, and Sohio A.C. while he was at Buchtel High. Hal continued to excell at Amherst College and in the summer for the champion Killian Celtics before taking a stint in the Cubs minor league and the U.S. Navy. He returned home in 1946 and played with the champion Smith Sheriffs, joined Goodyear for two years, before closing out his playing days with the Sheriffs from 1949-52. He coached four years in Cuyahoga Falls, highlighted by taking a last place youth team to the championship in 1969. A consistent .350 hitter, Hal posted his best average in 1938 with a .516 average for Sohio A.C. Hal was named to seven league and five All-Tournament teams.
JIM "SKIP" POPE He was a power hitting first baseman for four title teams during his 11-year A League career. A superb player in East Akron Little League and at East High, "Skip" started slamming the long ball for Moore Wrestlers while only a sophomore at East in 1946. After two years with Tiny's Orphans, Skip had a six-year stint with the Boston-Milwaukee minor league system, mostly as a left-handed pitcher. He returned home to first base duties with Wadsworth in 1957 and spent four years with three-time champs, Krispy Kreme, before closing out a brilliant career with another championship team, the Black Labels in 1963. Skip was selected to the All-Star team 10 times, hit over .400 twice and was always among the League's top homerun and RBI leaders.
CONRAD "CONNIE" SCHERZER When "Connie" Scherzer took the mound in the 1940's and '50's, the rival nine were always in for a tough day and the spectators were treated to a well-pitched game. The Central High grad moved into A League play at age 16 with the Golden Age team. After a season with New Haven Cafe, Scherzer was off to serve three years in WWII with the Army. Five years with the Chicago Cubs minor league system followed his service time. He then returned to Akron in 1950 to help the Borden Autos capture the NEO title. In 1951, he posted a 32-4 pitching record and was named to the Sporting News All-Star team. Three years later the right-hander won 19 games and threw two no-hitters. When the Borden Autos disbanded, Connie went first with Canton Road Furniture and then closed his career with the Black Labels.
BOB SIMMONS Beginning as a versatile outfielder/shortstop for the Hower Department Store, Bob made his presence known around town. After a stint in the service, Bob played with Lakemore Nite Club and Canton Road Furniture before organizing, managing and playing for Krumroy Market and Redl Golf Shop and then "getting in the dough" for good when he started the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shop baseball era. Using talented high school stars, blended with capable veterans, Simmons' Krispy Kreme teams soon challenged and then overtook the powerful veteran teams of the mid-fifties, leading to three championship seasons and tournament appearances each year. His work on the diamond and the relationships he made enabled Bob to buy the Krispy Kreme Company, which he still continues to operate successfully today.
JIM "JIMMY" ZIRUOLO This first baseman made his presence known while playing for the Akron Yankee Juniors in 1936-37. He then performed for Golden Age and Mayflower Hotel before joining the Appalachian League in 1941. That pro career was interrupted by three years in the Armed Services. Ziruolo returned home to help the Akron Orphans win the 1945 NABF National Championship. He then joined with Borden Autos for two years and closed out his career with the Smith Sheriffs (1948-50).

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