The Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its first two classes during the high school team's banquet at the Black Woods Event Center in Proctor on Monday, June 28.
The Hall of Fame would have inducted its first class last year but had to postpone due to the pandemic.
The Class of 2020 included Karl Condon, Ted Downs, and Maurice "Spike" Gorham from the Early Baseball Era (1890s-1946), Joe Lane and Gerald "Peanuts" Peterson from the Golden Days Era (1947-1969), and Jake Lewis from the 21st Century Era. The Class of 2021 had two inductees, Dale Nikko from the Modern Baseball Era (1970-1990) and Ryan McCarthy from the 21st Century Era.
Coach Anthony Bush introduced each inductee and presented a plaque to the inductees or their families in attendance:
Condon's family: daughters Laura Condon and Carol Lonke; grandson Karl Condon; and great-grandson Griffin Condon.
Gorham's family: daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Bob Flanders; and niece, Lollie Downs.
Peterson's family: grand-nephew Adam Powers, and his wife Shalya Powers.
Lewis's family: grandparents Bill and Judy Sandeno; parents Chip and Sue Lewis; and girlfriend Emily Renier.
Nikko's family: wife, Mary Nikko.
McCarthy's family: parents Mark and Sharon McCarthy; brother and sister-in-law, Luke and Bobby McCarthy.
Lewis and Nikko, the two living inductees, gave speeches as a part of the ceremony.
The 2021 senior baseball players elected Jimmy Merling as the 2022 21st Century Era inductee. The election of the 2022 Today's Game Era (1991-present) inductee(s) will be announced on October 26. Details on nomination submissions will be coming soon.
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