Inductees Zack Monroe, a three sport standout at Peoria Woodruff High School, is the only Peorian ever to play in the World Series. A Bradley University graduate, he appeared in the 1958 Fall Classic while pitching for the New York Yankees against the Milwaukee Braves.
A former basketball player at Bradley, Monroe joined the Yankees in 1958, appearing in 21 games, winning four of six decisions before appearing in the World Series in a relief role. He later finished his career with the Cincinnati Reds.
While at Bradley, Monroe compiled a 16-6 record while posting a 1.81 earned run average during his senior season, a year in which he went 9-4 while striking out 113 batters in 94 innings. An award for excellence in pitching is now named in his honor at Bradley.
Zack Monroe, a three sport standout at Peoria Woodruff High School, is the only Peorian ever to play in the World Series. A Bradley University graduate, he appeared in the 1958 Fall Classic while pitching for the New York Yankees against the Milwaukee Braves.
|1995 Roanoke-Benson/L-W Baseball Team|
The 1995 Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn Baseball Team capped a perfect season (30-0) by winning the IHSA Class A state championship, becoming the first Illinois baseball team to enjoy an undefeated state championship since Peoria Manual (25-0) in 1950.
While the RB/LW squad was averaged 6.8 runs per game with a .318 team batting average, the team truly excelled defensively by committing just 27 errors in 30 games with a .967 team field percentage. The defensive effort helped the pitching staff allow just 30 runs the entire season with 12 shutouts, three no-hitters and three more one-hitters. The pitchers also struck out 274 opposing hitters, while allowing just 31 walks.
The state tournament run included a 13-0 win against Stronghurst Southern (13-0) in the quarterfinals, a 5-4 victory against Harrisburg in the semis and an 8-2 win against Byron in the state championship game.