DOVER — The 2017 Tuscarawas County Cy Young Baseball Association Hall of Fame Inductees and Awards Banquet was held Sunday at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center in Dover.
Scott Beaber, Dane "Spike" Trimmer, Doug Besozzi, Gene Rinkes, Jeff Walters, Carl Michael (Senior Inductee) and Tom Crank (Senior Inductee) were honored.
The guest speaker was former Major League Baseball coach Rich Donnelly, a native of Steubenville.
Scholarship winners were: Conner Ferguson (Indian Valley High School, Malone University), Jarett Ross (Tusky Valley, Tiffin University) and Logan Stoldt (Dover, Ashland University).
Other awards handed out were: The Jim Baxter Community Service Award (Ed Gibson), Umpires Award, Managers Award (Steve "Doe" Moore), and Sponsors Award (Martins Mobile Glass), along with this year's Class A Baseball League MVP and Top Players Awards.
Donnelly returned to the Cy Young Old Timers Association after speaking in 1992.
He coached in the major leagues for over 40 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Colorado Rockies. He helped lead the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 1997 as their third base coach.
Most recently, Donnelly was an assistant coach for the United States team that won the 2017 World Baseball Classic Championship.
Here is a look at the inductees:
Carl graduated from Augusta H.S. in 1965, and was All-NE Ohio in basketball his senior year. He was a four-year starter in basketball and baseball, scoring nearly 1,000 points (988) in basketball and hitting a career .380 in baseball.
He is a 1969 graduate of Ohio University, where he played some freshman baseball. He played for the American Baseball Congress League's Mount Vernon Merchants in 1969 and 1970. Playing middle infield and some third base, Carl then took his talents to the Canton Class A league, playing with the Massillon Merchants until 1981. He has played Senior Leagues in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties, winning a championship with the Canton Cardinals in 1999 and winning multiple Roy Hobbs Championships with the Wood Electric team that ran off 82 straight wins over a five-year span.
Carl also has been a successful coach, leading Minerva H.S. baseball from 1975-79 and 2000-2014. He was inducted into the Stark County Baseball HOF (2008), Minerva Athletic HOF (2014), received OHSAA State Award for Exemplary Service (2010-11), named NBC Coach of the Year (2014) and in 2011 the baseball field at Minerva H.S. was named Carl Michael Field.
"Spike" was a catcher/right fielder throughout his playing career, graduating as a three-year letterwinner in the Claymont H.S. class of 2001. He was twice a member of the .400 club (.405 in 1999 and .415 in 2001), a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2001 and tied the home run record in a season with five.
He moved on to catch for the Muskingum College Muskies for three years, putting together a very nice college career.
He started his Class A career with the Uhrichsville Moose in 2001 under Vinny Maculaitis Sr., where he played catcher and outfield for 11 seasons. He played for Uhrichsville Moose, Twin City Merchants, Blue Wave and Lauren International/Moose, including serving as player/manager for two years for the Lauren/Moose team.
Doug is a 1999 graduate of Claymont H.S., where he was a two-time All-ECOL and Eastern District selection as a catcher and third baseman. As a Gold Glove and Gold Bat Award winner while hitting .524 his senior year, Doug was selected to play in the Mizuno All-Ohio Series games his senior season. Known as an all-around athlete, he was a three-year letterman in football and two-year letterman in basketball. He played two years for Jim Baxter’s American Legion team.
In college, Doug was a four-year starter for Cleveland State University as a catcher. His teams finished second in the Horizon League twice, losing the championship game that would have meant advancing to the NCAA tournament both times. A four-time Athletic-Academic Award winner, he finished his career ranked second in at bats, fourth in hits, and fifth in doubles in school history. Those numbers put Doug on the Watch List for the Johnny Bench Award, which goes to the top catcher in the nation in Division I baseball.
He was selected as All-Horizon League and to the All-Tournament team his senior season, as well as earning the Luke Easter Wahoo Club Scholarship and James Rodriguez Endowment Award. A special memory for Doug was hitting his first college home run at Jacobs Field in Cleveland.
Doug’s Class A career began with the Uhrichsville Moose in 1999 and 2000, and then with Millwood Lumber/Gnadenhutten from 2001-2009. His teams finished as regular season champs twice and as tournament champions once. He won the league MVP Award in 2008. Since his playing days, he has coached as an assistant at Cleveland State; with the County Legion team; and as head coach of his alma mater Claymont for three years. He now spends his springtime announcing high school baseball in Tuscarawas County on WBTC radio.
Tom graduated from East Canton H.S. with the class of 1984, where he was a three-sport star, lettering in football and basketball for three years, and being a four-year starter in baseball, selected as team MVP his senior season.
At Malone College, he started for four years in baseball, garnering first-team All-District and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American recognition his senior season. His teammates selected him as MVP his final year at Malone. He then was an assistant coach for Walsh College in the fall of 1988.
After graduating, he taught and coached at Akron Springfield, then at his alma mater, East Canton, where he was head coach of varsity golf (1992-93), boys basketball (1993-1995) and varsity baseball (1992-1995).
In 1996, Tom became assistant baseball coach at Malone. He was assistant until 2003, when he was hired as head coach of the Malone College Pioneers, a job he still holds today. After 14 years, his head coaching record is 431-313-1. Tom also was the featured speaker at the Tuscarawas County Cy Young HOF banquet in 2006.
Tom played 21 years in the Canton Class A league, winning 11 league championships while accumulating over 1,000 hits. He was honored as an All-Star 17 times and was inducted into the Stark County HOF in 2009. He has been inducted into the East Canton Football HOF (2004) and the Malone University Athletics HOF (2007). Tom was a member of the Wood Electric team (2002-2007) that recorded more than 80 consecutive wins. He was a two-time Roy Hobbs World Series Champion (2001, 2004) and was named World Series MVP in 2001.
A very memorable experience for Tom was portraying a baseball player in a movie with Pete Rose in 1991, "The Babe Ruth Story."
Gene is a 1965 graduate of Scio H.S., where he lettered three years as a pitcher and outfielder. As a sophomore, he threw a no-hitter. Gene was selected team MVP his junior year, and continued a great high school career by leading his team in home runs his senior season.
In Class A with Carrollton in the early- to mid-1970’s, he played centerfield and some infield, but primarily was a pitcher. Gene led his teams in home runs for a couple of years, and he was selected to the league All-Star team. His team finished as league Tournament Runner-up one year.
Jeff was a member of the second graduating class at Tuscarawas Central Catholic H.S. in 1972. He was a two-year letterman for Coach Ed Beadle as a pitcher and outfielder. He also lettered in baseball for two years at Dover St. Joe for Coach Art Teynor, prior to the opening of TCC .
In Class A, he pitched for the Marlite teams of the 1970’s, coached by Bob Dillon and Chink Herron. Jeff’s teams won league titles in 1970-71-72, while winning league tournament titles in 1971-72-73. The combined team record for the six years he played with Marlite was 112-28.
Jeff’s father, Gail Walters, is also a member of the Tuscarawas County Cy Young Hall of Fame, inducted in 1973.
Scott is a 2000 graduate of New Philadelphia H. S., where he was a four-year letterman as a third baseman and posting three 20-win seasons as a pitcher on teams that qualified for the regional three times. He was selected to the Eastern District All-Star Game his senior season.
His high school summers included playing with some of the county's elite baseball teams. In 1998, he played for Skip’s BP, which won the county league championship. The next two summers, Scott played for the Tuscarawas County American Legion team coached by Jim Baxter. He showed his versatility by playing third base, shortstop, outfield and pitching for the Panthers.
At West Liberty State College from 2000-2004, he started for four years for the Hilltoppers. As a freshman, he played right field before taking over in centerfield for his final three seasons.
In Class A, he played from 2001 to 2006 for Martins Glass/Dover Brake as a centerfielder and catcher. His teams won tournament championships in 2002 and 2003. Scott was selected to the league All-Star teams each year he played.