Justin Scanlon has been elected to the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame. Chosen by the 2022 Rails baseball team's seniors, he is the fourth of the one-a-year 21st-century players to gain induction.
He will likely be inducted during the 2023 Proctor Baseball banquet. Other 2023 inductees, from the Modern Baseball Era (1970-1990), will be announced in October, on the date of Game 1 of the 2022 World Series.
Scanlon played varsity baseball as a second baseman for the Rails from 2008-11. He is Proctor's all-time leader in batting (.424, 70-for-165 in his career). He is second in career on-base percentage (OBP), at .503. Only his brother, Jesse, a 2012 graduate, has a higher OBP. The Scanlon brothers are the only Rails players to-date to finish their careers with an OBP of .500 or greater. Justin is sixth in career slugging (.545), eighth in hits (70), ninth in total bases (90), and 10th in RBI (47) and runs scored (52) -- he is one of just 11 Rails players to have 50 or more career runs scored.
Scanlon batted .500 (34-for-68) in 2010, his junior year. This is second in the school's season records behind Terry Egerdahl's .636 batting average in 1972.
He was Proctor's first All-State player, and he was also the Rails' first player to be selected for the Lions All-Star Series, now called the Play Ball! Minnesota All-Star Series. He received both honors following his senior season of 2011.
Scanlon was named All-Lake Superior Conference First Team in 2011 and Second Team in 2010. He was also named to the Duluth News Tribune All-Area Team in 2011.
He played in two state tournaments while in a Proctor uniform: VFW in 2009 and PHS in 2011.
He played baseball for Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in 2013, where he joined fellow Proctor alumni Pat Everson, Jesse Scanlon, and Ryan McCarthy on the Norsemen squad.
Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame
Class of 2020
- Karl Condon, Early Baseball Era
- Ted Downs, Early Baseball Era
- Maurice "Spike" Gorham, Early Baseball Era
- Joe Lane, Golden Days Era
- Gerald "Peanuts" Peterson, Golden Days Era
- Jake Lewis, 21st Century Era
Class of 2021
- Dale Nikko, Modern Baseball Era
- Ryan McCarthy, 21st Century Era
Class of 2022
- Kyle Wojtysiak, Today's Game Era
- Jimmy Merling, 21st Century Era
Class of 2023
- TBA, Modern Baseball Era
- Justin Scanlon, 21st Century Era
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