Nebraska Baseball HOF banquet set for Feb. 10
The Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame banquet will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Country Cookin’ Restaurant and Event Center located at eighth and court in Beatrice.
Doors will open for the event at 3 p.m. for social hour and museum tours. The dinner/auctions/presentations will begin at 5 p.m.
Those wanting a ticket to the event can contact Bob Steinkamp at 402-239-8000. Tickets for adults is $30 and tickets for kids up through high school is $15.
This year’s inductees into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame include Bob Gibson, a former Creighton and Nebraska baseball semi pro player who became one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball History. He is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and still has many MLB records today.
Also being inducted is Tim Carroll of Lincoln, who was an All Big 8 and NBC All American and Academic All American who went on to play in the White Sox organization.
Virgiel Richardson of Fairbury was a power hitter who played semi-pro ball for Fairbury and Superior, later playing pro ball and hitting .397, 38 homers and 196 RBI’s for the Lubbock Lubbers.
Vance Toline of Stromsburg was a dominant fire-balling lefty in the late 40’s who played for the Swedes. His promising career with Detroit was snuffed out with an off-season farm injury to his arm.
Paul Meyers of Omaha was A Husker Sporting News All American with a lifetime .350 batting average. He played with the Beatrice Bruins and made it to Triple A with the San Francisco Giants.
Jeff Graver was an umpire from Fremont who was described by his peers as a dedicated and hard working umpire who upheld the integrity of the game and earned the respect of managers and players alike.
Bill Larson of Lyons will received the Distinguished Service honor. He was one of the best promoters of baseball in Nebraska history. He spent his own money building a showcase ballpark in Lyons in the 20’s, hired good players and drew big crowds. He upgraded the caliber of baseball in northeast Nebraska to one of the highest levels in the state.