Proctor Rails

06/22/2023 - Ben Nelson Elected to Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame

Ben Nelson has been elected to the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame. Chosen by the 2023 Rails baseball team's seniors, he is the fifth of the one-a-year 21st-century players to gain induction.

He will be inducted during the 2024 Proctor Baseball banquet. Other 2024 inductees, from the Today's Game Era (1991-present), will be announced in October on the date of Game 1 of the 2023 World Series. 

Nelson played varsity baseball as a pitcher and designated hitter for the Rails from 2010-2013. He is Proctor's all-time leader in fewest walks allowed per seven innings pitched (1.57). He ranks third all-time in wins (16), innings pitched (152.0), games started (23), and complete games (16). He also ranks sixth all-time in batting (.356).

He earned All-State recognition in 2013 and was also a Play Ball! Minnesota All-Star Series participant in 2013.

He was co-Duluth News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year with his teammate Jake Lewis in 2012, and named to the DNT's All-Area Team that year as well. Nelson was named to the All-Lake Superior Conference First Team in 2013 and All-LSC Second Team in 2012.

A member of the Rails 50 Career Hits Club, he is also one of 13 Rails pitchers with more than 100 career strikeouts.

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

  • Terry Egerdahl, Modern Baseball Era
  • Rich Petersson, Modern Baseball Era
  • Justin Scanlon, 21st Century Era

Class of 2024

  • TBA, Today's Game Era
  • Ben Nelson, 21st Century Era

Click here for the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame webpage.