It wasn't enough that Shawn Hedrick pitched 14 years for Dover in the Central League, amassing 116 wins against just 37 losses with a 2.10 earned-run average
For most of those years, he was clearly the best pitcher in the Central League and pitched Dover to several league championships and numerous league playoff titles.
Then he left Dover and took his wares to the Susquehanna League, pitching for both Red Lion and Hallam (this season), with a year on the staff of the York Revolution thrown in for good measure.
His pitching career isn't over yet, but that didn't prevent the Central League Old-Timers Association from voting Hedrick into the Central League Hall of Fame, where he'll join his father, Bob Hedrick, on a distinguished list of outstanding players who have played in the league.
In addition to his 116 wins, Hedrick played in 203 Central League games, pitched 1,153 innings, and recorded 948 strikeouts, almost double the number of the next pitcher on the Hall of Fame nomination list.
Also selected, in his first year of eligibility, was former Pleasureville and Stoverstown third baseman Jay King, who played in the Central League for 23 seasons before retiring.
King played in 707 games, had 747 hits and 529 RBIs and finished his career with a .329 batting average. And he was known as one of the best defensive third basemen in the league, having been selected for Central League all-star teams numerous times.
Todd Grove, Hedrick's batterymate during most of his years playing for Dover (and later at Red Lion), was also chosen for induction into the Central League HOF. Grove played for 16 seasons as a catcher for Victory and Dover and was almost a perennial selection to the league's all-star team.
Grove played in 533 Central League games, had 539 hits and a batting average of .318.
The fourth player selected this year was Dover's Robbie Kline, mostly an outfielder, second baseman and pitcher. About the only position he didn't play during his Central League career was catcher.
Kline played for 12 seasons at Dover, having won 45 games on the pitcher's mound, against just 16 losses, and forging a .326 batting average as an offensive player.
The administrative selection this year was Frank Nade, a lifelong (since about 1980) do-everything guy for the Manchester Indians. When needed, he served as the team's groundskeeper. He worked in the concession stand. He was involved in all phases of fundraising, which was important because Manchester has always been self-funded, meaning no sponsors with deep pockets.
But Nade also played for Manchester as an infielder back in the late-1950s, and later served as a coach.
"As long as I can remember," said Dave Miller, Manchester's current manager, a longtime Manchester player and a member of the Central League Hall of Fame, "Frank's been involved with Manchester's baseball team. Whatever the team needed, he did it. I don't know what we would have done without him."
The five new selectees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the league banquet on Saturday, Aug. 3, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Manchester Fire Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Anyone wishing to attend should contact Jay Rentzel, 266-2915, to make ticket arrangements for the sit-down dinner and awards program.
Sports columns by Larry A. Hicks, Dispatch columnist, run Thurs days. E-mail: lhick firstname.lastname@example.org.