EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Baseball players from all around the country traveled to Evansville to be honored at the Semi-Professional Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet.
“I started in 2002 playing in a couple of different leagues and I still play now, I’ll be fifty in December and I catch on three different teams,” said Hall of Fame Inductee Chris Currie.
“Semi pro baseball has been around since 1866 and there’s a couple of teams in the area, the Jasper Reds and the Cape Girardeau Capahas started in 1893 and still play today and still fill a team. It started out as the minor leagues for major league baseball and every town in America had a team,” said Greater Evansville Sports Hall of Fame CEO Tim Turpin.
In Evansville, the team to root for was the Outlaws. Some of those retired players were among the athletes being honored.
“Just in the Evansville area we have tons of teachers, doctors, lawyers, principals that all played on the Outlaws when they were in college. That team won nine world titles and we had seven guys make it to major league baseball,” said Turpin.
Out of all the towns in the country, retired players say Evansville has always been home to hidden talent.
“It wasn’t that common for guys to make it even into the minor leagues until recently, and this area has become a hotbed of young talent,” said Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Quinzer.
While awards were given out to many past players, one name sticks out above the rest.
“Babe Ruth, we documented a couple of months ago that he played semi-pro baseball, so Babe’s got to go in, and although he can’t be here officially, we got him up there up front,” said Turpin.