HOOVER BASEBALL NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2019
Welcome back Hoover baseball fans! The Ohio High School Athletic Association set the four divisional breakdowns for the 2020 high school baseball season at its Board of Directors meeting in October. Hoover will once again compete in Division I which includes Ohio high schools with male enrollment of 359 or above. Last season a total of 763 Ohio high schools fielded a varsity baseball team with 190 competing at the Division I level.
Part of 1995 Post-Season – The Cleveland Indians’ first post-season appearance since 1954 afforded the Hoover baseball program a chance to raise money. Players and members of their booster club participated as ushers for both rounds of the American League playoffs and the World Series. The players and their adult backers also worked some regular-season games and Cleveland Browns games as well.
With Deepest Sympathy – Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of 1964 Hoover graduate Dennis (Andy) Anderson who passed away May 4th. Andy played for the Vikings from 1961-1964. He earned All-Ohio honors during the 1964 season.
Coach Recognition – Hoover Freshman Baseball Coach Mark Miller was inducted into Bowling Green’s Cast of Honor on October 12th. Miller is a 1979 graduate of BGSU. His name and football jersey number will now be permanently displayed at Doyt Perry Stadium.
Garrett Richards Memorial Scholarship – Former Hoover baseball player Garrett Richards (2013-2014) passed away unexpectedly in September. A memorial scholarship has been established in Richards’ name to be awarded annually to a graduating high school athlete in Stark County pursuing a college education. Donations may be sent to: The Commercial & Savings Banks, 1210 North Main Street, North Canton, OH 44720 payable to the Garrett Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund.
1957 Season Revisited – The 1957 season represented the final campaign playing as the North Canton High School Vikings (NoCaHi). Former Vikings coach Tony Misko (1947-1949) led Lorain High School to the AA state finals before losing to Cincinnati Reading. The Barberton Magics also represented NE Ohio at the AA Final Four in Columbus during the 1957 season. The day following Barberton’s district championship, the Vikings blanked the Magics 3-0 in a regular season contest behind the five-hit pitching of freshman Dale Stevens. Two of the three runs for NoCaHi were the result of suicide squeeze bunts. On May 15th, despite seven walks, Lincoln’s Ronnie Worstell tossed a no-hitter against the Vikings by the score of 5-1 under the lights at Memorial Stadium. The lone run for North Canton in the third inning was the result of an error and three consecutive base on balls.
NoCaHi pitchers Jim Kindy, Dale Stevens and Bob Berrodin all recorded complete game one-hitters in 1957. Berrodin’s was a 1-0 victory over Jackson. Additionally, John Erskine and Dale Stevens combined on another one-hitter at Dover on April 16th but the Vikings would lose 4-3. Erskine surrendered no hits until one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Vikings hosted Dover in a rare day-night doubleheader on May 9th. Unfortunately the Tornadoes swept the Vikings 7-4, 9-8. The nightcap went nine innings with the bases loaded for the Vikings when the last out was recorded. Between games, the families of North Canton players hosted their opponents for meals in their respective homes.
As always, Go Vikings!
Craig Haueter (firstname.lastname@example.org), (330) 936-1695