Inductees The Sunday Morning League is to be honored for its steady contribution to the Central Illinois baseball scene since its organization in 1916.
Since its inception, over 3,000 players have been given a chance to play baseball of a high caliber.
Many former professional players have played in the league and the league has also sent a number of its players into the big leagues including long-time Pittsburgh Pirate third baseman Lee Handley; his brother, Gene, who also played the infield; durable outfielder Bill Tuttle, catcher Jim Robertson, first baseman Danny Goodwin and pitchers Dick Weik, Guy Hoffman and Zack Monroe
The Sunday Morning League is to be honored for its steady contribution to the Central Illinois baseball scene since its organization in 1916.
Hockey was a sport local fans could watch only if they went to Chicago or St. Louis until BardezBanian founded the Peoria Stars in 1959.
The two were with the Pekin Stars until 1970, when they formed the Peoria Blades, on the outdoor rink at Logan, in 1971. The Logan "bubble" went up the next year and the Blades, through membership in the Continental League, gave Peoria a solid taste of hockey.
BardezBanian played with the Blades for a few years, then became president while Olson always served as the team's general manager.
And the two gave hockey a boost whenever they could. BardezBanian coached the Bradley University club team for many years and both were instrumental in starting and maintaining youth hockey in Pekin and Peoria.
Both are now retired, Olson from Caterpillar's Mossville plant and BardezBanian from a management position with the City of Peoria.