5 To Be Immortalized In Shawnee Co. Baseball Hall Of Fame

By: Justin Surrency Email
By: Justin Surrency Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Four new members plus one legendary team will be immortalized forever in the 2014 class of the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.

The ceremony takes place Monday July 14, at the Bettis Family Sports Complex...

Inductees include Silver Lake Alum Jim Golden who led the Eagles to the school's first two state baseball championships including a no hitter in the 1953 title game and a one hitter in the 1954 title game with 20 strikeouts in 7 innings.

The 1947 Topeka High Trojans, led by Coach Claude Hays who brought Shawnee County it's first state championship, outscoring opponents 153-34 and a 13-1 record in 1947.

Butch Nieman, a power hitting outfielder as player/manager for the Topeka Owls and a key figure to Topeka's Babe Ruth Baseball League...

Former Topeka West and Washburn University Alum Terry Bettis, who signed with the Montreal Expos will also be inducted. Bettis opted to end a rather successful start to a professional career in order to begin a longstanding asphalt business in Topeka.

Lastly, what's a hall of fame without having someone to call balls and strikes?

Joe Oliva, a long time Topeka Umpire who was regarded by many as one of the best "balls and strikes" umpire in the game.

Oliva umpired all levels from American Legion ball to Big 8 college baseball games.

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