State Legion baseball Hall to induct 4 from area

Tri-City HeraldOctober 21, 2013 

Eastern Washington has always been a hotbed of strong baseball activity.

And this coming Saturday, some of this area’s great history will be on display at the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the SeaTac Marriott.

A no-host bar reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the official welcome, posting of colors and buffet banquet dinner at 6:30, followed by the actual induction at 7:15.

The Class of 2013 will include a number of Mid-Columbians: Jeremy Bonderman, Travis Buck, CJ Mitchell and Russ Swan.

Bonderman played for the Pasco Sun Devils before eventually making it to the majors with the Tigers and Mariners.

Buck played legion ball with the Richland Knights, before playing in the bigs with the Athletics, Indians and Astros.

Mitchell was a longtime umpire who not only officiated in American Legion World Series, but the NCAA World Series, Pac-10 baseball, NAIA World Series and the Northwest League. He also managed the Richland Knights for a while.

Swan, who passed away in 2006, played for the Kennewick Dusters before moving to the major leagues with the Giants, Mariners and Indians.

In addition to those four, also being inducted are former Yakima Beetles manager Bob Garretson and ex-Beetles pitcher Todd Stottlemyre (who pitched for five teams in the majors).

Out of Spokane being inducted are Mark Rypien, former NFL quarterback who played legion ball in Spokane; and Kevin Stocker, who played for the Phillies, Devil Rays and Angels.

Other former players to be honored will be Mike Campbell, Todd Hollandsworth and Bob Christofferson.

Mariners fans know Christofferson. He’s the current head groundskeeper for the M’s who can be found in the middle of the infield leading his crew in a mid-game dance at some games.

Former legion managers Todd McDougall and Lem Elway round out the induction class.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is scheduled to be the guest speaker.

Individual tickets cost $60 and can be purchased online at www.waalbhof.org. Or call 360-269-6350 for availability.

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