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07-31 2014 HOF

07-31 2014 HOF

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Cedar Rapids Ball Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 2001 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2001 Phone (319) 363-3887 Fax (319) 363-5631(800) 860-3609 Web Site: www.kernels.com E-mail: kernels@kernels.com
Class A afliate of the
Minnesota TwinsMember of the Midwest League
Cedar Rapids Kernels Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Andrew Pantini (319) 896-7601
Five chosen for Cedar Rapids Baseball2014 Hall of Fame
Cedar Rapids, IA – Five individuals have been selected for induction into the Cedar Rapids BaseballHall of Fame in 2014. They are
Mike Trout, Chris Sabo, Verna Nance, Ron Gonder
Mike Trout
played for the Kernels during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He was the rst round
pick of the LA Angels (25th overall) in the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Millville, NJ, and wasnamed American League Rookie of the Year in 2012. He played 81 games for the Kernels in 2010,batting .364 with six home runs and 39 RBI and stole 45 bases in 54 chances.
Chris Sabo
played for the Cedar Rapids Reds in 1983. He was selected by the Cincinnati Reds inthe second round of the 1983 draft out of the University of Michigan and went on play nine seasonsin the Majors with Cincinnati, Baltimore, St. Louis and the Chicago White Sox. In 77 games forCedar Rapids, he hit .274 with 12 HR and 37 RBI. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1988, won a World Series with Cincinnati in 1990 and was selected to three NL All-Star
Teams (1988, 1990 and 1991). He nished his MLB career with a .268 batting average with 116
HR and 426 RBI in 911 Major League games.
 Verna Nance
is the wife of long-time board member Bob Nance, and is know to several formerCedar Rapids baseball players as ‘The Cake Lady’ or ‘Ma Nance’. She started the practice of bakinga cake for a player’s birthday in 1963 as a way to make the players feel more at home in CedarRapids, away from their friends and family. A long-time supporter of professional baseball in CedarRapids, she did things to help the players become accustomed to living away from home in anera before Host Families and Booster Clubs. Verna and Bob still live in the Cedar Rapids area andhave three children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Ron Gonder,
known as ‘The Big Shoe’, was the play-by-play voice of the University of Iowafootball and basketball on WMT AM 600 from 1969 to 1999. He was a member of the Cedar RapidsBall Club’s Board of Directors until the mid-1990’s and was inducted into the Iowa Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1997. He and his wife, Pat, live in Cedar Rapids.
Tom Barbee
is a member of the Cedar Rapids Ball Club’s Executive Board and served as BoardPresident from 2006 until 2010. The Kernels won the MWL and national John H. Johnson Award

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