Inductees Bill Tuttle gained a reputation as being one of the smoothest fielding and dependable center fielders in baseball in the 1960s. Tuttle and his outfield partner, Al Kaline, combined their talents in the field and at the plate to make the Detroit Tigers one of baseballs most feared teams during the period they played together.
Tuttle started for some of the finest teams in Bradley University history from 1949 to 1951 as he lead Leo SchraIl's teams. In those three seasons he hit .342, .293, and .339 with 13 home runs and 78 runs batted in.
His impressive big league career spanned 11 years and 1,270 Major League games. His composite totals for those years of service include a .259 career batting average and 67 home runs and 443 runs batted in.
Tuttle has strong Central Illinois ties having been brought up in Farmington before moving on to the Hilltop. Following his Bradley career, he starred in the Three-I League.
Bill Tuttle gained a reputation as being one of the smoothest fielding and dependable center fielders in baseball in the 1960s. Tuttle and his outfield partner, Al Kaline, combined their talents in the field and at the plate to make the Detroit Tigers one of baseballs most feared teams during the period they played together.
|Jerry & Elaine Reibling|
For four decades Jerry and Elaine have volunteered their time and effort to benefit the runners competing in events within the Tri-County. Just prior to Jerry’s induction into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame in 2015, the race’s co-founder, Steve Shostrom said, “Jerry and Elaine are treasures in the running community. They have made substantial, lasting contributions to the Steamboat Classic and the Illinois Valley Striders over the years. They have worked tirelessly at countless local races through heat, rain, ice, snow and wind to get quick, accurate results for runners of all ages and abilities." Jerry was involved with the Steamboat Classic for 35 years and Elaine has been a part of the Race for the Cure for about 30 years. Married over 50 years, the Rieblings helped pioneer the transformation from hand timing to computerized timing for the major running events in the Tri-County area. In addition to the Steamboat Classic and Race for the Cure, they have served at the following events over their decades of service: the IHSA State Cross Country Meet; Illinois Valley Striders events; countless high school invitationals including the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational (Peoria Notre Dame) and the Peoria High Invitational at Detweiler Park; and Bradley University and the University of Illinois cross country meets and invitationals. Jerry has also raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run and running the satellite event from Canton to Peoria. The dedication and passion of Jerry and Elaine for these events has enabled thousands of others to experience achievement and enjoyment while competing in running events.