The Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame has announced that SABR member Bob Rives is among seven inductees of the Class of 2016.
Entering the Hall as a contributor, Rives has become one of the leading baseball historian and writer in the state of Kansas. He authored the book, Baseball in Wichita, and has written for several national publications about Kansas baseball players. Among biographies he has produced for the Society of American Baseball Research are three concerning Kansas Baseball HOF members: Archie McKain, Darryl Spencer and Joe Wilhoit. He has also served as a long-time Board of Director for the Kansas Baseball HOF.
Other selections include former major-leaguers Johnny Damon, a Fort Riley native, and Adam LaRoche, a high school All-American at Fort Scott; iron man catcher and former National League All-Star Ray Mueller; Wichita State alum and Wichita Wingnuts manager Kevin Hooper; Steve Ruud, majority owner of the Wichita Wingnuts and a veteran of the National Baseball Congress tournament; and Joe Slobko, who won more than 800 games as a junior-college coach in Kansas.
The Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Distillery 244 (244 N. Mosley in Old Town, Wichita, KS).
Tickets cost $20, which includes a buffet lunch. Make reservations in advance by calling (316) 264-5222. Or mail check for reservations to: Wichita Sports Hall of Fame, 4700 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67208
Originally published: December 20, 2016. Last Updated: December 20, 2016.