HDL 40th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Two candidates were approved by the Hall of Fame Committee for this year’s 40th induction ceremony.
The first Inductee was Outfielder Johnny Houghton who played in the HDL from about 2002 to 2016. Johnny’s career batting average of .334 and almost 1000 Plate Appearances, as well as his infatuation with the HDL Baseball format, were valid reasons to justify his induction into the Hall of Fame. Johnny was deeply appreciative of the honor of joining the HDL Hall of Fame.
The second candidate to be inducted was Team Manager and HDL Sponsor/Player, Don Hinkle. Don started his career in the HDL about the same time as Johnny Houghton. As a player, Don compiled almost 700 Plate Appearances with a career batting average of .231. During the last 10-12 years of his career he has set an example by offering to manage any HDL team that needed him. This unselfish service to the HDL is not reflected in his Stats because he actually participated as a Manager for an additional 200 games where he made sure his roster of players were treated fairly.
2019 HDL Player Awards
Bo McMinn, Jake Hatchett and Travis Hill conducted the introduction and presentation of trophies to 2019 players who were selected or earned a variety of award categories.
Trophies were presented to the following:
Charlie Hustle Award: David Calhoun
Royals MVP: Tyler Dunn
Sponsor Awards (Gold): MBAA (Andy Cook)
Sponsor Awards (Silver): JH Auto (Jake Hatchett)