The 2019 Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will be held the evening of Tuesday, July 16 at the Ramada Downtown Topeka Hotel & Convention Center, 420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the banquet will start at 6:00 pm.
The following 2019 inductees will be honored at the ceremony:
Larry Elliott, Mark Elliott, Jeff Jacobsen, “Topeka Jack” Johnson, Jim Parrish, Bob Speake, and the Topeka 7-Up Reds (1972-1984).
Two of the inductees are being recognized in categories for which there is a named award. Jim Parrish is the recipient of the Beany Conwell Award, which honors those who promote and build organizations for summer baseball in Topeka. Jef Jacobsen is the recipient of the Bob Fidler Media Award, which honors professionals who exemplify excellence in media coverage of baseball.
In addition to honoring its 2019 class of inductees, the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame will also present an award recognizing the most outstanding senior high school player from Shawnee County.
Ralph Hipp of WIBW will serve as the emcee, and Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, will be the keynote speaker.
Former members of the Topeka 7-Up Reds are also invited to a pre-banquet social at the Ramada Inn starting at 4:30 pm.
Banquet tickets are $30 each or $240 for a table of eight. They can be purchased by contacting SCPR at 785-251-6800. Tickets also are available at the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Hillcrest Annex and the Seabrook Apple Market at 1945 SW Gage. Proceeds will go to the Parks For All Foundation for youth baseball programs and facilities maintenance at Bettis Family Sports Complex.
For additional information about the event, contact Doug Wright at 785-230-9044 or Jim Deines at 785-230-4197. Wright and Deines are co-chairs of the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame Steering Committee. Inquiries about the Topeka 7-Up Reds social should be directed to Jim Deines