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.
|1978 AOL-Spalding Girl's Golf Team|
Good beginnings! Coached by Mickey Schallau and in its first season as a team sport, the 1978 AOL/SI Girls Golf Team finished 3rd in the IHSA State Finals. The Lady Irish finished only behind 2nd place Palatine (Fremd) and 1st place Quincy (defending champion). Showing impressive consistency, the team finished no lower than 3rd in any tournament all season. The team’s top performers were senior, Therese Ehrhart, and sophomore, Mary Jo Ferlman. Ehrhart finished the 2 rounds of the finals with a score of 176 (89-87), and Ferlman was a stroke behind her at 177 (84-93). After graduation, Ehrhart continued playing competitively at the University of Iowa Golf and was named the MVP for the Lady Hawkeyes in 1983. Coach Schallau actually played double-duty for the State Finals, spending Day 1 with the Lady Irish in Bloomington and Day 2 with the Spalding team in Springfield, where the Boys earned a 2nd place finish.