11 elected to RH Hall of Fame Class of 2016 - 2 Ambassadors of Baseball named
The Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame will induct 11 new members with its Class of 2016.
The 11 were elected by the current members of the Hall of Fame and the 12-member Board of Trustees in process that covered the summer months.
Additionally the Trustees also selected two individuals to receive the Hall’s Brian Mullen Ambassador of Baseball award, which recognizes their Meritorious Service as an Ambassador of Amateur Baseball.
2016 Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame Honorees
Dave Harvill - Michigan
JD Hinson - North Carolina
Gerry Huppman - Virginia
Dick Kissik* - Rhode Island
Roger Laurella - Illinois
Frank Murphy - Illinois
Dave Mydland - South Dakota
Carl Rakich - Florida
Lanny Ropke - California
Ron Staples - Washington
Dave Zavracky - New Jersey
* - deceased
2016 Brian Mullen Ambassador of Baseball Award Honorees
Juliet Hawkins - Ohio
Bob Molbert - Florida
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Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan
Dave Harvill has played on 13 Roy Hobbs World Series championship teams in various divisions. He’s also played on 8 MSBL championship teams. Harvill is an ambassador of the game, recruiting players who are men of good character and at the same time building adult baseball around Detroit.
Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
JD Hinson has played on 6 Roy Hobbs World Series championship teams from 1993 to 2014. His baseball impact extends far beyond his playing exploits. He coached the Charles D. Owen High School team for 14 years, compiling a 745-390 record. He also promotes Roy Hobbs Baseball in North Carolina, recruiting players and teams.
Hometown: Providence Forge, Virginia
Gerry Huppmann is an outstanding player, one elected to the Virginia Baseball Congress Hall of Fame in 2002. His baseball resume includes being the head groundskeeper for two minor-league baseball teams, helping build a sports complex in his community and inspiring others to play Roy Hobbs. He’s helped raise more than $400,000 for the Special Olympics through his local league.
Hometown: Cumberland, Rhode Island (Deceased, early 2016)
Dick Kissik was an outstanding amateur player in Rhode Island, playing on a state championship team at Cumberland High and then playing at Providence College. He was a founder of Roy Hobbs in his home state (RIMA) it was his hard work that brought Roy Hobbs Baseball to Rhode Island and provided many opportunities for older men to return to the game of their youth. He has recruited numerous players to Roy Hobbs.
Hometown: Evergreen Park, Illinois
Roger Laurella is a driving force behind the birth and growth of amateur adult baseball in his community since the mid-1980s, and involved in the Roy Hobbs movement since its founding days in 1989. He has been a player, coach, umpire and administrator of the Oak Lawn Roy Hobbs League. He has gone so far as lending money to teams to keep them in the league and tirelessly promotes baseball and the Roy Hobbs World Series – he was a participant in the inaugural RHWS in 1989.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Frank Murphy is a player, organizer, administrator, coach and manager and another driving force behind the success of Roy Hobbs in the South Chicago area. He started 30-plus baseball teams in the Chicago area in the mid-1980s, before the birth of Roy Hobbs. He’s recruited players and through the years he has been a steadfast friend and supporter of Roy Hobbs Baseball.
Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Dave Mydland’s name is synonymous with adult amateur baseball in South Dakota, where he is a founding father of adult baseball. He was inducted into the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 2015 he was named its Man of the Year. He has been bringing South Dakota teams to the Roy Hobbs World Series since around 2004, winning one championship and always requesting to compete at the highest level of competition.
Hometown: Bonita Springs, Florida
Carl Rakich has been a prime mover behind the growth and success of Roy Hobbs baseball in Northeast Ohio. The former Akron prep star and two-time MVP of the University of Akron baseball team has participated in 25 Roy Hobbs World Series with the Akron Blues. He built the highly successful Blues program on a foundation of participation and an open door; he has volunteered his time as a Roy Hobbs Challenger volunteer and helped found the RH Hall of Fame as board member from 2013 to 2015, when he was chairman.
Hometown: Woodland, California
Lanny Ropke is a driving force behind Roy Hobbs Baseball in his community. He was a founding member of the Woodland-Davis League in 1987 and continues to be instrumental in its success. He has also helped grow an annual Labor Day tournament from 10 teams in 1992 to 40 teams in 2015. Having attended the inaugural RHWS in 1989, he continues to build teams to travel, organizing trips and making it possible for players to participate. He has played on two Roy Hobbs World Series championship teams.
Hometown: Gig Harbor, Washington
Ron Staples has played in every Roy Hobbs World Series since 1989 except for two, including the inaugural event in 1989. He has played on 7 Washington Titans’ teams that have won World Series titles. Staples has been a very good player for a very long time and is in another Hall of Fame – Tacoma-Pierce County Old Timers Baseball-Softball Association. With his patented wide stance at the plate and compact swing, Staples is considered one of the toughest outs at the RHWS.
Hometown: Mount Arlington, New Jersey
Dave Zavracky has played in 22 consecutive Roy Hobbs World Series. He stole 18 bases in one week of the 2009 Roy Hobbs World Series when he filled in as manager for the Livingston Dodgers and led his team to the championship. Zavracky is considered a leader who has given back to the game as coach and umpire in both Little League and high school and as the consummate teammate in every dugout he has entered.
Hometown: West Chester, Ohio
Wherever you see the Cincinnati Colts, there also will be Juliet “Baby” Hawkins. She married Bob Hawkins in 2003 and moved to Ohio where she has became the heart and soul of the Cincinnati Colt 45's baseball organization. She has attended over 100 games in each of the last 10 or so years. Under her love and guidance, the Colts have grown into a family of 200+ men, women, and children. Since Juliet added her imprint on the Colts in 2003, Colt teams have won 3 RHWS titles, 4 second-places and 10 Bronze medals. It’s no coincidence, says Chief Colt & Hall of Famer Bob Hawkins. She is his right-and-left hand associate in the operation of the Colt organization and is a great Ambassador of Baseball.
Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Bob Molbert has spent the last 40+ years of his life around sports, as an official in basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and … as a baseball coach, as an announcer, as a booster club officer, as a fan. He has served in leadership positons in umpire organizations in Ohio and Fort Myers. In 1995 he attended his first Roy Hobbs World Series as an umpire. Soon that morphed into being a field manager and idea person for the Roy Hobbs leadership team. He continues today as a site manager and is the Manager check-in person for the RHWS. Bob is an institutional friendly face to managers and players alike, welcoming, solving problems and a true Ambassador of Baseball.