2019 Inductee Bios
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Bill Coburn – Toledo, OH
Bill has been playing and coaching in Roy Hobbs since 1993. During that time, he has either been the head coach or a bench coach for over 100 different teams that played in the RHWS…often coaching and finding sponsors for 2-5 teams each year (30+, 45+, 53+, 60+, 65+, and 70+ age groups).
Anyone who has ever had responsibility for all the dirty work associated with getting a team together, finding a sponsor when possible, collecting $ from players, doing the paperwork, wondering who is going to drop out at the last minute — let alone trying to keep guys happy that show up! — knows how difficult that can be. Imagine doing that for 100+ rosters over 26+ seasons!
Bob Dearth – Chicago, IL
Over the past 30 years, Bob has been arguably one of the most engaged supporters of RH tourney baseball, either as a player or manager. He has been coming to Florida all the way back to the 1990s with Jack DeHeer and the Chicago Phillies before bringing his Chicago/Valparaiso Knights teams for nearly two decades. I first met Bob in 2000, pitching against his Knights team, and in 2003 I played both against him and with him in various leagues, my initial Florida trip with the Knights the fall of that year. You can’t mention Bob’s leadership without mentioning his toughness. My first tourney playing with Bob was a case in point. He’d suffered a concussion in a younger division playoff game on a Friday, left the hospital for our 35s opener against the Apple Valley (MN) A’s, caught nine innings and then pitched in the Texas Shootout round to help us win in extras. Bob has always possessed good bat speed and he probably statistically shown brightest playing for a Class A champion PSOF Rangers team with Jack DeHeer coaching. In my mind, his most notable hit in my recollection was a 2005 ninth-inning RBI single off Dante Bichette to beat Jupiter, FL in a playoff game. But his forte as a player was/is defense, with a throwing arm at age 54 to match many catchers half his age. But I nominated him as a manager because he cares so much about his players that he hardly ever takes an at-bat. Fairness outslugs egotism when he puts a lineup together.
Steve LaRussa – Cocoa Beach, FL
Steve is an outstanding candidate for this Hall of Fame honor. Deserving as a competitor, as a hitter, as a teammate, and probably as a RHWS #1 customer since our first World Championship in 1991 as a Space Coast Yankee, then later as an American. Steve is a baseball junkie and will play baseball with other teams in other age groups to get his fix. Steve thinks he has the all time RHWS record in “At Bats” with the exception of Darrell Miller (also an American). One of our players, Don Ingram share this about Steve, “Steve will travel and play even with other teams just to be on the field, and can still track down anything hit in the air, he is always on base and is one of the best at post game celebrations”. Glenn Stevenson, teammate said this about Steve, ” Born leader, gifted lead-off hitter with positive competitive spirit combined with a wealth of baseball strategy”. I agree with both statements and need to add that my own experience with Steve is #1, he cares about his team and the game. He is passionate and works hard to be better. He is dependable, never worries about personal stuff while playing, he is in the game from start to finish. He never concerned with personal stats or achievements, just the how well the team is doing. He is the perfect teammate & leader, solid modest representative of the game of baseball, and an excellent candidate for the RHWS Hall of Fame.
Tim McCoy – Fort Myers, FL
Tim McCoy is described by managers, teammates, co-workers and friends alike as a quiet leader with high standards for himself and an unquestionable integrity. Longtime teammate and friend Gary Terwilliger said he’s never seen Tim “treat anyone, on or off the field, without respect. If you’re a manager, Tim is the one guy who will do anything for you, play anywhere on the field, no questions ask. And as a manager, Tim is the guy everyone wants to play for.”
Stu Johnson, who managed Tim for many years on the Bartley’s Bombers said, “I’ve never heard a cuss word come out of his mouth. You couldn’t ask for a better person as Hall of Fame candidate.”
Lifelong friend Joe McGrath who played high school sports with Tim in Dixon, Illinois, said, “He was the most fantastic athlete ever. The running back and the middle linebacker in football, the point guard in basketball and the shortstop on the baseball field. And never did he criticize anybody. His leadership was silent, never boisterous, but he led by example and made everyone around him want to be better.”’
Ron Michaelson – Springfield, IL
November, 2019, marks Ron Michaelson’s 15th “journey” to the Roy Hobbs World Series in SW Florida. Ron has served as lodging/transportation coordinator, secretary/treasurer, team GM, field MGR, and star player in each of these RHWS trips. ‘Coach’ Michaelson has led his teams to RHWS championships* in 2010, 2013, and 2018, along with a runnerup finish** in 2016. He was voted MVP by his teammates in 2004 and 2017.
11/10/2018, “Championship Day”, D1 bracket, Forever Young Division, – a little shy of his 77th birthday, – Ron caught a complete game in our semi-final win, – THEN pitched a complete game to propel us to a title victory! ‘Coach’ “talks the talk” and encourages his teammates, but he also “walks the walk”.
Leadership and winning became apparent in 1959 when Ron, as catcher and team captain, led his Maine Township High School team to the Illinois State Baseball Championship. Ron was thrilled to be reunited with his high school championship battery mate, Jim Humay, as they’ve taken the field again as teammates here at the RHWS…Michaelson continued showing the way at Wheaton College where he again captained the baseball team to multiple winning campaigns. He has been inducted into the Wheaton College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Sam Sibeto – New Castle, PA
Been player/manager for team Pittsburgh for many years at the Roy Hobbs World Series. Before that was player/manager for the New Castle Bingos. Played with several teams here as well including Border City Brewers and New Jersey Mets. Countless championships. Would have to rank at top or near the top of any list of Championship awards. Well respected among other teams and managers. A stalwart participant for many decades in Western PA baseball circles. Many honors…He is the engine that drives team Pittsburgh. He is the one player/manager that others count upon…Running the show, going to meetings, collecting monies, assembling the roster, keeping players in line, respecting and get respect from other teams….All the duties that so many take for granted.