Six new members were named to the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame today during an announcement event at Drury University.
The newest members are: baseball coach Mark Stratton, athlete and organizer Dick Jones, athlete and coach Tim Blasi, golfer and advocate Joyce Mahoney, track and field star Bill Jasinski, and former MSU football player & coach Rich Johanningmeier.
Mark Stratton, who coached Glendale High School’s baseball team from 1993 to 2005 and resurrected Drury University’s baseball program, said it was a tremendous honor to be named to the Hall.
“It’s humbling…to really step back and think about it,” Stratton told OI. “I’ve been very fortunate, very blessed. I’m standing here because of a lot of other people. You know, it takes a village, especially with me!”
Dick Jones, who still holds the Missouri State records for lowest single season and career Earned Run Average, is being honored for his work making athletics accessible to those with special needs in the community and state.
“There were people who had disabilities or special situations in their life that didn’t allow them to be a part of organized sports,” Jones told OI. “We helped organize through Special Olympics and now Sporting Chance to come out and play and learn to be a good sport and a good citizen.”
The six will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame during a September 17, 2019 at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield.