Inductees LEGENDARY Manual baseball coach Ed Stonebock, who won his first state high school title with his unbeaten 1950 team, won No. 2 in 1965 with a team that started the season with 14 straight wins before bowing.
Led by outstanding pitcher and hitter Al Smith, who went on to an outstanding Bradley and professional basketball career, Manual moved into the state finals with a 19-3 record and then whipped Chicago Lane Tech 3-0, Decatur MacArthur 9-I and Arlington Heights St. Viator 4-2 to win its state title.
Smith pitched Game 1, a 12-inning affair; Tom Casidy hurled the Rams to their semi-final win and Tim Marks, who had pitched just 17 innings all season, halted St. Viator in the title game on just three hits. The three held the opposition to an .098 bat mark.
Smith was the tournament's most valuable player and with Marks made the all-tourney team. Smith, Marks, Cassidy and Bob Nelson won all-conference honors.
For the season Smith led the team in home runs (3), RBls (23), hits (33) and runs (28). He hit .493 and was 8-1 on the mound. Marks batted .438 with 21 RBIs and 8 triples. Jim Anderson hit .360; Nelson, later to coach the Rams, batted .347 with nine doubles; and Larry Davis had 20 RBIs with six triples.
ON THE ROAD TO STATE
Spring. Lanphier 3
Chi. Lane Tech 0
Dec. MacArthur 1
St. Viator 2
LEGENDARY Manual baseball coach Ed Stonebock, who won his first state high school title with his unbeaten 1950 team, won No. 2 in 1965 with a team that started the season with 14 straight wins before bowing.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.