Tom Dickson was shocked upon discovering last year there was nothing established to honor the tradition of baseball in Michigan.
The Lansing Lugnuts owner decided to change that.
The Lugnuts announced Wednesday the establishment of the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame during a press conference at Cooley Law School Stadium.
The Hall of Fame will be similar to Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The plaques of the inductees will be on permanent display beyond the wall in left-center field of the renovated Cooley Law School Stadium, which will feature a new 360-degree walkway around the stadium this season.
The Hall of Fame will officially open Saturday, June 27, which is when the inaugural class will be inducted.
The inaugural class will have 10 inductees that will be determined by a nine-member committee of baseball experts that includes Detroit Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba, longtime Tigers scout Clyde Weir, former Tigers radio broadcaster Paul Carey, longtime area baseball coach Jake Boss Sr., MSU grad and Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Joe Block, local sports anchors Fred Heumann and Tim Staudt, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl and former Michigan baseball coach Rich Maloney.
For the full article, see Brian Callaway, “Lugnuts establish Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame”, Lansing State Journal, January 28, 2015.
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, “Building a Hall of Fame from Scratch“, Ballpark Digest, January 29, 2015.