Inductees Mike Dunne, a former Limestone High School and Bradley University standout athlete, authored a two-way road into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
First, he is a former Olympian, pitching for the United States in the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles.
Second, he is the seventh former major league baseball and the third pitcher, to be inducted.
A fine pitcher for Dewey Kalmer's Bradley Braves during his first two seasons, Dunne became a hot big league prospect in 1984 when he went 8-2 for Bradley, gave just 62 hits in 85 innings, fanned 77 hitters and had a 2.44 earned run average.
In his three-year BU career he was 13-8 and whiffed 117 hitters in 167 innings. ì"He always pitched against the better teams," said Kalmer. "I've only had three pitchers who walked in and pitched the big games for me. Mike was one of those. He became a great pitcher when he learned to throw the slider."
Joining the U.S. Olympic team in the summer following his junior year, he pitched against Italy in a winning game but the U.S. eventually lost the gold medal game to Japan.
Signing with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was traded to Pittsburgh along with outfielder Andy Van Slyke and catcher Mike LaValliere for catcher Tony Pena on April 1, 1987 before he could pitch in a big league game for the Redbirds.
He had a fine rookie season with the Pirates, going 13-6 with a 3.03 ERA and giving just 143 hits in 164 innings.
Injuries then hampered much of the rest of his career and he was dealt to Seattle and later pitched for both San Diego and the White Sox. His last big league game was in 1992 for the White Sox.
His big league career covered five years and he finished with a 25-30 record and a 4.08 ERA. He pitched in 85 games, 76 of them as a starter, gave 471 hits in 474 innings, fanned 205 and walked 225.
Mike Dunne, a former Limestone High School and Bradley University standout athlete, authored a two-way road into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
Jim Lewis served as Athletic Director, head football, golf, basketball, and baseball coach at Pekin Community High School during his career from 1933-1955. Jim received his BA from the University of Illinois and a masters from the University of Iowa. During his days at the University of Illinois he played football and basketball. Jim also served in the military. Jim Lewis started his coaching career at Pekin in 1933 with the baseball team. He compiled a record of 118-71-1 in eleven seasons under his direction. Lewis led Pekin to six regional titles in his seven seasons as basketball coach, including state trophies in 1947 (4th place) and 1948 (3rd place). Jim coached football for eleven seasons with a 71-30-1 record. The 1951 unbeaten Pekin football team was the first team in the history of the school to win ten games. The 1951 team was considered the mythical Number 1 team in the state. Pekin won both the Greater Peoria Illini Conference and the Big 12 Conference titles that year. Jim's golf teams excelled, winning a 3rd place (1948) and a 2nd place (1949) in the state tournament during his seven years as coach. Jim Lewis was one of the driving forces behind building Pekin Memorial Stadium. Jim was a member in three Halls of Fame, the Pekin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Even by today's standards, Coach Lewis' coaching achievements are legendary.