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.
Good athletes often excel in more than one sport. Harry led a Lewistown, Ill. high school basketball team to a berth in the Sweet Sixteen Tournament at old Huff Gymnasium in Champaign. During the war, he played baseball for the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, and the Iowa Seahawks Navy basketball team before heading for Bradley.