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Mid Iowa Baseball League Inducts Inaugural Hall of Fame Class

Left to Right:  John Linden, Tim Harvey, Scott Littell, Bobby Williams, Brian Olson, Brian Schueller, Warren Anderson, Keith DeWitt, Ron Watson, Curt Lyons, Phil DeVan, Joe Smith, David Case, Tim Kirgan, Mike Bell, Robin McQuerry  

Submitted by Brian Schueller, MIBL HOF Committee Chairperson 

(Photos courtesy of Jamilyn Harvey) On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Mid-Iowa Baseball League held a reception and induction ceremony for its Inaugural Hall of Fame class. The event took place at The Cub Club inside Principal Park, home of the AAA Iowa Cubs in Des Moines, Iowa.

The inaugural class was a large one, helping celebrate the start of the League's 24th season.  18 individuals were inducted, two posthumously, along with six teams that have finished seasons undefeated.

The six perfect teams:

1998 Des Moines Giants 30+ (17-0)

2003 Des Moines Vikings 18+ (18-0)

2003 Des Moines Giants 28+ (17-0)

2006 Iowa Oaks 28+ (16-0)

2007 Des Moines Bulldogs 38+ (17-0)

2016 Des Moines Cubs 35+ (17-0)

Bill Hyland was inducted and introduced first.  Bill was a charter member, helping form the league in 1994.  He was a former New York Yankee farmhand in the late 1940s.  Bill passed away in 2007 at the age of 83.

Joe Reser was inducted next.  Joe was also a charter member of the league and was active on the field and in administrative roles since 1994.  Joe was also a regular at the World Series each fall in Phoenix.  Joe passed away unexpectedly this past December at age 54.

The photo on the right is of John Linden and Brian Schueller unveiling a poster-sized photo of Bill Hyland and Joe Reser.  In the background is Joe's brother, John Reser, also a former league member.  The photo of Bill and Joe was taken at our 2004 All-Star Event. This photo will be hung in a hitting facility owned by inductee, Bobby Williams (B-Dub's Hittin' Shak) as Bobby was a teammate and close friend of both.

The picture on the left is a picture of the Hall of Fame award presentation to Bill Hyland's widow Vera, flanked by their grandson Chris and their son Dan

 The remainder of the inductees: 

Warren Anderson, charter member, top left-handed pitcher

Mike Bell, umpire

David Case, left-handed power hitter

Phil DeVan, charter member, right-handed power hitter, 2012 MSBL World Series HOF inductee

Keith DeWitt, charter member, league administrator, scrappy hitter

Tim Harvey, top right-handed pitcher

Scott Littell, top left-handed pitcher

Curt Lyons, pure hitter, top defensive player at any position, colon-cancer survivor

Robin McQuerry, umpire-in-chief

Brian Olson, right-handed power hitter, member of three undefeated teams

Joe Smith, five-tool player, still a top hitter/pitcher

Ron Watson, top right-handed pitcher, 200+ wins

Bobby Williams, defensive wizard, scrappy hitter, leader of our Newton, IA area presence

Brian Schueller, Commissioner 2004-2008, current league VP & Webmaster, helped form 2014 Fall Classic champion 35+ Des Moines Bruins

John Linden, Commissioner 2008-Present.  2012 MSBL HOF inductee, 2016 MSBL Lifetime Achievement Award, has helped lead many of our Des Moines Bruins teams to Regional & National success

Tim Kirgan, league founder/charter member and Commissioner from 1994-2004.  2001 MSBL HOF.  Tim continues as a top defensive catcher & remains sought after for his abilities.

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