Inductees Harry Anderson has been close to the baseball scene since 1935 when he was named the most valuable player of the Chicago area American Legion program.
In the Brooklyn Dodger farm system after World War II, he was on the coaching staff at Pekin by the late 1940's, and in 1950 was a catcher in the Sunday Morning League.
He was manager of the State Farm Insurance team in the National Fastball League and was head baseball coach and football line coach at Pekin High School and was to eventually serve as Pekin's head basketball coach.
After winning the state baseball title in 1951, he took his next two teams back to the state tournament and eventually coached Pekin to 26 baseball championships in 17 years with a career record of 232-175.
After retiring from high school coaching and teaching, he coached the Illinois Central College baseball team for three seasons.
Anderson, for many years a major league scout and a veteran basketball official, is a member of three Halls of Fame - the IHSA state baseball tournament, the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
Harry Anderson has been close to the baseball scene since 1935 when he was named the most valuable player of the Chicago area American Legion program.
At age 50, Don Wyss concluded a sensational 35-year career in the Sunday Morning League, the nation's oldest semiprofessional baseball league. He began playing in the league at the age of 15 and for the next 35 years he set records which will never be broken: As a Manager he won eight championships; set astounding career statistics as a hitter, attaining a 35-year batting average of .307; led the League in all-time statistics of most hits, doubles, triples, at bats and runs batted in; and as a pitcher won the pitching honors in 1973 with an 11-2 record. In addition, he served as Vice-President and President of the League for many years.