by Jeni Hopkins
The 2019 induction class into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame (SASHOF) includes six individuals whose competitive and energetic skills have set them apart. Their accomplishments extend over several decades in Springfield and beyond.
The 2019 class was announced back in May at a luncheon at the O’Reilly Family Events Center at Drury University. Inductees include local baseball coach Mark Stratton, local track and field standout Bill Jasinski, former Missouri State University athlete and football coach, Rich Johanningmeier, golfer and advocate Joyce Mahoney, multi-sport athlete and coach Tim Blasi, and talented athlete and organizer Dick Jones.
The new inductees were enshrined during the SASHOF annual banquet on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield.
The Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1985 by Bonus Frost to honor those individuals from the Springfield area, or have a connection to the Springfield area, whose accomplishments merit consideration for the shrine. This is the 33rd SASHOF induction class and will bring the total membership of the hall to 136 people.
Selections are made by the SASHOF Board of Directors which meets monthly to plan the year’s activities. SASHOF is a not-for-profit organization and the proceeds from annual induction banquets are made available to local youth groups for the purchase of sports equipment. Since its establishment, SASHOF has provided over $320,000.00 to over two dozen youth groups and organizations.