ASHLAND Ky. – The 14-member class of the fourth Ashland CP-1 Baseball Hall of Fame includes six more members from the Ashland Tomcat “Dynasty Era” of 1965-1969 and other players and coaches who spanned four decades in Central Park.
Induction day will be Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Central Park.
Don Lentz, Fred Leibee, John Sieweke, Dave Staten, Larry Stevens and Mike Tackett were members of state championship teams during the stretch when the Tomcats won three titles in a row from 1966-68.
Players from the 1950s and early 1960s era include Larry Castle, David Patton, H.F. Dixon and Ernie Daniels.
Players from the late 1970s era are Greg Swift and Donnie Allen while Ashland Post 76 American Legion co-managers Rick Reeves and the late Frank Wagner, who coached together for nearly 20 years, are also among the 2018 class.
“Just like our previous classes, there are some heavyweight players in this one,” said CP-1 Baseball HOF Chairman Mark Maynard. “We’ve got several players who were members of state championship high school teams with the Tomcats and also played on state championship Little League teams in Ashland. It’s a massive amount of talent. I’d take these guys in their primes and take on anybody. We have a little bit of everything, including great coaching and some of the best clutch hitters in CP-1 history.”
The 2018 class is the biggest in the four years and brings the total enshrined to 49.
Previous CP-1 Hall of Fame classes:
2017 (13): J.D. Browne, Bo Carter, Joe Conley, Tim Huff, Mike Smith, Steve Hemlepp, John Mullins, Kevin Gothard, Mike Gothard, Dale Griffith, Nard Pergrem, Jim Speaks, John Thomas.
2016 (10): Bob Lynch, Steve Rolen, “Big” Ed Hughes, Dale Griffith, Wayne Workman, Bill Workman, Chuck Dickison, Ellis Childers, Clyde Chinn, Marvin Hall.
2015 (12): Brandon Webb, Don Gullett, Bill Lynch, Drew Hall, Charlie Reliford, Jody Hamilton, Dykes Potter, Squire Potter, Bob Simpson, Reecie Banks, Jim Host, Gene Bennett.
3 thoughts on “14 more will be added to Ashland Baseball CP-1 Hall of Fame this summer”
Another ‘great’ class selected and each member so deserving of ‘The Honor’ !
This TOTAL POST by Mark Maynard with ALL THESE GREAT PLAYERS brings CHILLS !!!!! I HOPE everyone appreciates the MONUMENTAL TIME and EFFORT that MARK MAYNARD AND HIS COMMITTEE put into this CLASSIC CP-1 HALL OF FAME PRODUCTION. Mark has told me that he is simply AMAZED at the OVERWHELMING FEELING that each recipient has demonstrated. I mean ‘we’re talkin TEARS, BREAKDOWNS, and UNBELIEVABLE EMOTION + GRATITUDE” . MARK says “THIS IS WHY I WANT TO KEEP DOING THIS !!!!!”
Robert Wright deserves the honor. When you look at the Ashland athletes from the 50s, Robert’s abilities put him near the top of the list. Maybe next year