Cedar Rapids Kernels Press Release

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Three chosen for Cedar Rapids Baseball 2012 Hall of Fame
Cedar Rapids, IA – Three individuals have been selected for induction into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame at the 16th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on Saturday, January 28, 2012. They are Jack Roeder, John Campbell, and Reggie Jefferson. Jack Roeder was the Kernels General Manager from 1991 until his retirement following the 2010 season. He is a native of Clinton, IA and graduated with a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973 and a masters degree from Truman State in 1981. Jack was the head baseball coach at Clinton Community College from 1975 to 1980. He started working in minor league baseball in 1981 and was the General Manager of the Wausau Timbers from 1982 to 1990, being named the Midwest League Executive of the Year in 1987. When the Timbers left Wausau for Kane County before the 1991 season, Jack was named the General Manager of the Cedar Rapids Reds and earned his second MWL Executive of the Year honor in 1992. Under Jack’s leadership, the Cedar Rapids organization was twice named the MWL John H. Johnson award winner in 2007 and 2008 and was named the national John H. Johnson award winner in 2008 as the top organization in Minor League Baseball. Jack resides in Cedar Rapids and spends a lot of time with his son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Mindy, and his two grandsons, Tyler and Logan. John Campbell is the long-time sports director for KCRG-TV9. He is a native of Oskaloosa, IA and a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. His broadcasting career began in 1970 at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, and was named the sports director at KCRG-TV in 1979. While at KCRG-TV, he has covered and ridden in RAGBRAI 13 times; covered hundreds of games played by the Kernels, Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Panthers; helped broadcast the final game from Old Veterans Memorial Stadium and; broadcast the first game from New Veterans Memorial Stadium, until the game was postponed due to rain. Campbell was honored as the 2005 Iowa Sportscaster of the Year and awarded the prestigious Silver Circle Award (a lifetime Emmy) in 2010, and has been recognized by the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa High School Athletic Director’s Association, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association. In the fall of 2011, he was the first television sports director named to the Kinnick Stadium Press Box Wall of Fame at the University of Iowa. John and his wife Mary live in Cedar Rapids and have two children, Kelly and T.J., and three grandchildren, Ella, Cash and Finn.

Cedar Rapids Ball Club, Inc.
Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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

Member of the Midwest League

Reggie Jefferson was born on September 25, 1968 in Tallahassee, Florida and was drafted out of high school in the third round of the 1986 MLB June First Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He played 15 games with the Cedar Rapids Reds in 1987, where he hit .222 with 3 HR and 11 RBI, and then played a full season with the 1988 Cedar Rapids Reds that went 87-53 and won the Midwest League Championship. That year, he hit .288 in 135 games with 18 HR and 90 RBI. He made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds on May 18, 1991 and was traded to Cleveland that same year on June 14. He was again traded to Seattle on December 20, 1993 and signed as a free agent with Boston in 1995. In nine Major League seasons, he hit .300 with 72 HR and 300 RBI in 680 games. His final major league game was on October 4, 1999 with the Red Sox, but he went on to play in Japan with the Seibu Lions in 2000, hitting .268 with 10 HR and 68 RBI. He was the hitting coach for the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2005 and the hitting coach for the University of South Florida Bulls in 2006. Reggie and his wife, Kay, have four children: Shayna, R.J., Jannay, and Jalen. The 16th Annual Hot Stove Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012, starting at 5:30 pm at the Cedar Rapids Clarion Hotel and Convention Center and features: a live and silent auction to benefit the Kernels Foundation; and dinner. Tickets are $37.50 in advance and $45 at the door. Corporate tables of ten are available for $350 and children 14 and under are $20. Tickets can be purchased by calling (319) 363-3887, in person at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, or on-line at www.kernels.com. The mission of the Cedar Rapids Ball Club Hall of Fame is to honor those individuals who, through extraordinary personal effort, have furthered the existence, quality or preservation of professional baseball in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Hall of Fame is located in the Bimm Ridder Diamond Shop at Veterans Memorial Stadium and is open during all Kernel home games, normal store hours, or by special appointment.

Cedar Rapids Ball Club, Inc.
Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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

Member of the Midwest League

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