JOHN T. "TOM" ADOLPH A lanky, right-handed pitcher/first baseman/outfielder, who began his career in 1953 with West Chevrolet Little League, Canton Road Pony League and at Mogadore High and Post# 209 where he developed into one of the county's best pitchers. He was the last athlete to earn nine varsity letters at Akron U (football & baseball), led the Zips pitching with a 1.58 ERA in 1960 and a 1.01 ERA in 1962. Continued in AA ball with Akron Co-op, Tiny's and Red Peppers while taking coaching stints at Ohio U and Akron U. Made numerous All-Star teams at the youth and high school level, including All-State in 1959, All-Ohio Conference with the Zips, and 1963 Zip Athlete of the Year. Tom was truly a versatile athlete and ballplayer.

CHARLES "CHUCK" BLOEDORN Born in North Carolina but grew up playing baseball in the Chicago area where he developed as a versatile infielder, including a 1930 All-City second base season at Scherz High, at that time the largest high school in the country. From there he moved into pro ball with Greensboro and the Louisville Cardinals. After an arm injury cut short his pro career, Chuck moved to Akron and played with Goodyear and Golden Age in the A League. Chuck played second base for the Wingfoots during the late 30's and early 40's. He was an excellent fielder and clutch hitter. He moved on to become Goodyear's athletic and activities director.

PAUL T. CARROLL Paul Carroll began his career on the sandlots of West Akron in the mid 1920's. He played on the Wright American Legion team as a youth. His hitting ability soon provided him with the opportunity to play for the legendary Killian Celtics, where his play caught the eye of the New York Yankee scouting staff. He was signed and sent to Butler, then to the Akron Yankees and to Charleston. He answered the call of the service for WW II, and played on several Air Force teams that were comprised of Major League players before going overseas. After the war he joined the Goodyear Wingfoots and had 3 good years, hitting well over .300. He then began a 10 year career of teaching, coaching and managing youth baseball on the west side. He has truly been an inspiration to many youngsters.

JOHN CISTONE An outstanding infielder who could handle the second or third base spots with ease, John hit the sandlots of North Hill with St. Anthony youth teams and developed into a top-notch fielder and clutch hitter with four fine years each at St. Vincent High and Akron University. While becoming a Zip team leader and All-Ohio Conference player, John moved into "AA" ball and had added success with Tiny's Orphans, Krispy Kreme, Souvenir Beer and Howe Construction teams. He concluded his career as a baseball player with the Borden Autos, before becoming one of the city's premier high school coaches.

DONALD "DON" CRAVER Primarily a shortstop who also saw duty at third & second, his career began in early forties with youth teams: Firestone Post 566, 209; Triplett Terriers, S.A. Merchants, Akron Yankees and was All-City for 1947 Garfield High District Champs. Played AA ball from 1946-1958 with Norka Plating, Krumroy Market, Borden Auto, Canton Rd. Furniture and Krispy Kreme. Led Borden in hitting in 1952 and played in many State and two national tournaments with Auto's, Furniture's and Kreme's. Craver had two trials for the pro's and was considered by his peers as a tough out.

RAYMOND "RAY" CROMLEY A 5'10" 145-pound lefty who could fire heat and had excellent control, dominated Barberton Little League and Babe Ruth League play. Set records at Barberton High for most wins and strikeouts, was MVP 1961 All-Ohio game. Pitched 13 years AA ball, made seven All-Star teams; always among league leaders in ERA and K's. Pitched and won State AABC title game and won one game in Battle Creek for 1966 Black Labels. Also played for John Brown's, Nino's Lounge, Barberton-Portage, Magic City Lanes, Akron Insulating. After concluding his career in the Double A League he became a coach and Little League manager.

FRANK "BUD" FAHRER Began his career as an infielder with the National A.C. in the early 30's. Moving on to the Post 209 team of the 40's, he was a 3-sport, 4-year letterman in each at old Central High. He was recognized as All-City 3rd baseman on 2 occasions. In the Army he played on the base team which boasted of having 6 Major League players before serving overseas, where he received the Silver Star Medal for Valor. He returned to Akron AA League with the VFW team 1070 and Army-Navy Post 273. He wound up his playing days with Tiny's Orphans. His lifetime batting average was over .300.

ROBERT "BOB" FARMER, SR. A tough, hard-nosed catcher who played on winning teams throughout his career beginning in 1932 with Akron Rangers and Champion Hub Cafe teams. The West High grad also performed for tournament tested teams Akron Yankee Jrs., Mayflower Hotel and Golden Age. Competed in NABF tourney in Washington in 1939 with Mayflower's City title team. Bob was an excellent receiver with a strong throwing arm. He was Frank Stefko's (also a Hall of Famer) favorite catcher.

WILLIAM "BILL" KALAPODIS Had an excellent career as an umpire on the local sandlots and collegiate level from 1956 through 1984. Began umpiring in the youth city and Cuyahoga Falls leagues in '56; began working the high schools in 1960 and moved into the college and AA ranks in 1963. Bill's ability to control the game is legendary, yet he firmly believed the game was for the players and he got great satisfaction out of doing his chosen work.

ERNEST "ERNIE" KUSNYER SR. Ernie is being inducted into this Hall of Fame as a manager of several championship teams through all levels of Akron area baseball. He learned the ropes as a player at South High in 1936 & '37, being All-City in '37. Played with Simpson Marked before a 6-year stint in the Marine Corp. where he played and managed the Quantico Base team. On returning home he managed and coached several W.A.B.L. teams, helping develop many of the AA stars. His success as a talent developer can be attested to by his sons, one of whom is still in the big league. Art is now bullpen coach of the Oakland A's and spent eight years as the Chicago White Sox catcher.

HAL R. NARAGON An outstanding catcher in the Barberton Youth Leagues and at Barberton High. Also played two years with Kenmore Tavern and Akron Orphans before joining the professional ranks and having an excellent career with the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, including World Series appearances with the Indians as a player and with the Twins and Detroit Tigers as a coach. Also helped promote and sponsor youth baseball in the Barberton area for many years. Hal continues his support of baseball in this area, and of former players through the Minor League insurance programs.

HAROLD "STEVE" PARTENHEIMER, SR. A Greenfield, Mass. high school third baseman who went on to Amherst College for four years varsity and senior captain (1906-13). Signed by Detroit Tigers out of Amherst and after stint with Tigers played three years in New York State League before turning to coaching on industrial level. Formed Gordon Drug Aces B team in Akron in 1933 as a sponsor and manager and also worked with Akron Jays, Sohio A.C. and the Killian Celtics. Was elected to the all time 100 year Amherst-Williams Baseball Team. He didn't limit his instructional talents to his own teams, but gave advice freely to opponents who sought his knowledge of the game. He joins his sons Hal & Stan in our Hall of Fame.

RICHARD "RICH" RANGO Played on youth teams in Cleveland area. Was outstanding shortstop, hitter and base runner at Parma Sr. High (1963-66) and at Kent State U (1966-70), where he led Flashes in stolen bases, runs scored and hitting ('69-70).398 average. Became All-Star shortstop/centerfielder with Champion Akron Insulating teams, 1970-1975. He led the powerful insulating team in batting with a .398 average in 1970. This was quite an accomplishment in view of the team's roster of all-stars.

HAROLD "HAL" SCHUMACHER A lefty swinging, solid defensive outfielder for 20 years on the Akron sandlots played with Champion National A.C. and American Legion youth teams and Gray's IGA; South High ('38-41), then with Orphans (1942). Served in Navy '43-46, Firestone Local #5 1946, Kenmore Tavern ('47-48) and Akron U where he lettered three years. He played with Norka Plating and Havre Chevy ('48-50); and with Champion Borden Autos, Souvenir Beer, Old Dutch Beer, Canton Road Furniture before ending with Howe construction and Zoff Heating in '55-56. Was named to four all-star teams. Also umpired for 22 years on local & collegiate level.

ROBERT L. "BOB" SMITH Bob Smith may be best remembered by most Akron citizens as a highly respected sheriff from 1944 until 1952, but members of the baseball community will recall his dedication to Akron's youth. He sponsored all sorts of youth activities, but primarily his AA League entries claimed the most attention. The "Sheriff's" team of 1948-1952 may well have been the finest ever assembled here. There are 14 members already in this Hall of Fame and several more potential prospects may be honored in years to come. Bob believed that keeping our youth busy and occupied in an orderly pursuit would keep them out of trouble. He practiced that attitude combined with his love of baseball in sponsoring his teams. He was indeed far ahead of his time.

KENNETH "PETE" WEBER Pete began early years as second baseman with P.A.L., Post 209, Moores Wrestlers; was All-City shortstop at Hower High (1949-52); played short and caught for Otterbein College (1954-55) where he led O.C. in home runs in '54. In AA ball he played with Old Dutch Beer, St. Mary's ('52 Champs), Wenham Trucking; was all-star shortstop for Old Dutch title team ('56) and played for Howe Construction, Krispy Kreme, Zoff's, and 1960-61 Black Label title teams. Pete was a fierce competitor & dangerous hitter with men on base.

GLEN WEST Sponsor of The West Chevrolets. Mr. West's dedication to helping the youth of his communities is well documented, but probably no more so than in sponsoring teams in the Greater Akron Baseball Leagues. His time and monetary aid spent in building fields and supplying teams is legendary. There are currently 12 members of this Hall of Fame, who played on his teams. One of his managers, Joe Winkler, is a Charter Inductee of the Hall. His teams won more than eight championships in the Akron Leages and the Northeastern Ohio Leagues. Mr Glen West still continues the sponsorship of youth activities in the Mogadore community by allowing golf and bowling privileges at West's Mogadore Country Club.

STAN WHITE An intelligent, strong catcher, Stan developed his prowess in baseball by becoming one of the best ever athletes in the State of Ohio. Not only was he to become All-Ohio in baseball, but in football and basketball as well and the only Ohioan to play in all three prep all-star games his senior season. An All-Metro selection while at Kent Roosevelt High, Stan led the Riders in hitting while also honing his defensive skills as a pro-prospect catcher. He was a three-time all-star in AA action and a .400 hitter for Nino's Lounge, Magic City Lanes, and Akron Insulating teams.

JAMES "JIM" WORKMAN A smooth-as-silk infielder who began playing in the youth leagues in Grove City where he became a high school all-star. Played four years at Ohio U (was All-Mac, 1967). Moved to Akron and became all-star shortstop and second baseman with Black Labels ('68-'69), Wayne Knolls ('70), and Eaton Sports Pride ('71-'75). Led "AA" League in hitting in 1970 (.390); Had a career .330 average; made only one error in 50 games in 1973; played on six championship teams and four all-star teams.

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