Names of national
baseball players in the Wheaton National Hall of Fame
Sy Sutcliffe - died 1884-1885 Chicago White Stockings (became the Cubs 1902)
1885 St. Louis Maroons
1888 Detroit Wolverines
1889 Cleveland Spiders
1890 Cleveland Infants
1891 Washington Senators
1892 Baltimore Orioles
Born in Wheaton on April 15, 1862, just as Elmer Ellsworth “Sy”
Sutcliffe’s baseball career hit stride it ended prematurely.
At age 30 he died from the kidney disorder known as Bright’s
disease, in Wheaton on Feb. 13, 1893. Mainly a catcher, Sutcliffe
was the rare left-handed backstop. Playing in baseball’s
“Dead Ball” era he showed versatility by also playing
all infield positions as well as the outfield (and designated
hitter!) during an eight-year career.
A wiry 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, Sutcliffe also served as an umpire
during the 1889 and 1892 seasons. Beginning at age 22 with four
games under manager Cap Anson for Cubs precursor the Chicago White
Stockings, in 344 games Sutcliffe amassed a lifetime batting average
of .288 with 174 runs batted in and 177 runs scored. His best
overall season came in 1890 with the Cleveland Infants of the
Players League. Sutcliffe batted .329 with 14 doubles, 8 triples,
60 runs batted in, 62 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 99 games.
The next season he hit .353 in 53 games with Washington. Though
he was inactive during the regular season, in 1887 Sutcliffe had
one hit in 11 at-bats with a stolen base in four World Series
games for the victorious Detroit Wolverines – alongside
Hall of Famers Sam Thompson and Ned Hanlon – against the
St. Louis Browns.
Pfund 1939 – 1941 Signed by the St. Louis Cardinal and
sent to the Columbus, Ohio and Mobile, Alabama farm teams. Played
in the minor leagues for three seasons while teaching junior high
and coaching during the off season.
1941 Broke into professional baseball in the
1942 – 1943 During off season taught math
at Longfellow Junior High School and coached grade school baseball
1945 Drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a pitcher.
Playing for Leo Durocher he had a very successful first season.
While with the Dodgers, Lee chose not to play on Sundays, citing
religious convictions. As a pitcher, it was easy for the team
to adjust the rotation to comply with this request.
1945 Rather than play in Baseball All-Star game,
Lee played in a Red Cross charity game
A 1949 Wheaton College graduate, Leroy Herbert
Pfund pitched for the 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers, third place in the
National League under legendary manager Leo Durocher. A three-sport
high school athlete, Pfund played baseball at the University of
Illinois and broke into the pro ranks in 1941 with St. Louis affiliate
Albany. Four years later the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder appeared in
15 games for Brooklyn, debuting against the New York Giants at
the Polo Grounds.
Pfund compiled a 3-2 record with 2 complete games
in 10 starts over 621/3 innings pitched. Returning to the minors
in 1946, the right-hander never returned to the big leagues and
his pro career ended in 1950. His influence was dramatically more
profound as a father, teacher and coach. Sons John, Kerry and
Randy played basketball for him at Wheaton College, Randy becoming
a longtime National Basketball Association executive and coach.
All four men earned enshrinement in the Wheaton College’s
Hall of Honor, Lee inducted in 1985.
Pfund became Wheaton College’s winningest
baseball and basketball coach, his Crusaders winning the 1957
NCAA Collegiate Division national basketball championship. Born
in Oak Park on Oct. 10, 1919, Pfund is a member of the Illinois
Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The executive director
of the Wheaton College Alumni Association from 1976-87, in 1977
he was awarded Alumni of the Year for Distinguished Service to
Don Bollweg - born February
12-1922, died May 26-1996 1941 St. Louis Cardinals farm team in Washington, PA
1943-1945 World War II
1946-1947 Columbus, Ohio - A League
1948-1949 Texas and Rochester NY - AA League
1950-1951 St. Louis Cardinals
1952-1953 New York Yankees
1954-1955 Philadelphia A’s and Kansas City A’s
Donald Raymond Bollweg was a one-time softball player who went
on to play for the 1953 World Champion New York Yankees. Born
in Wheaton Feb. 12, 1922, on his father’s recommendation
Bollweg tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals. Two years after
his 1940 Wheaton Community High School graduation, the slick-fielding
first baseman delivered a league-leading 25 home runs and 105
runs batted-in for the Washington Red Birds farm club.
After serving as a U.S. Army and Army Air Force corporal during
World War II, the 190-pound left-hander rose through the minors
until his Major League debut on Sept. 28, 1950. Traded to the
Yankees, after two hard-hitting seasons at Triple-A Kansas City,
in 1953 Bollweg went north with the big club. In 70 games he hit
.297 with six homers and 24 RBI and appeared in three games of
the Yankees’ World Series victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Traded to Philadelphia, in 1954 Bollweg endured an injury-plagued
campaign, hitting .224 with 5 homers and 24 RBI in 103 games.
He played only 12 games the next season and retired from baseball
in 1956. Bollweg went into real estate and sold insurance, later
working for the DuPage County Board of Elections. He died in Wheaton
on May 26, 1996, and a year later gained posthumous inauguration
into the Wheaton Community High School Old Timers Club Hall of
Jimmy Piersall 1948 18 years old when he signed with the Boston Red
1950 and 1952-1958 Boston Red Sox
1959-1961 Cleveland Indians
1962-1963 Washington Senators
1963 New York Mets
1963-1967 Los Angeles and California Angels
Early in James Anthony Piersall’s 17-year Major League
career, Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel called him the most
natural defensive player he’d seen – and he’d
seen Joe DiMaggio. Piersall handled 3,985 outfield chances with
only 39 errors. Primarily a center fielder, he earned All-Star
nods in 1954 and 1956, won Gold Glove awards in 1958 and 1961,
and was ninth in American League Most Valuable Player voting in
1953 – one of five seasons the sleek 175-pounder drew MVP
Born Nov. 14, 1929, in Waterbury, Conn., in 1956 Piersall led
the Junior Circuit in games played, doubles and sacrifice flies.
In 1961 the “Waterbury Wizard” hit .322, third in
the American League. A White House guest of Presidents John F.
Kennedy and George W. Bush, Piersall played 1,734 games in his
illustrious career, collecting 1,604 hits, 591 runs batted in,
and 811 runs scored with a .272 batting average. Statistics don’t
tell his entire story. Piersall’s struggles and heroic comeback
were detailed in the 1955 autobiography, “Fear Strikes Out,”
adapted into a movie starring Anthony Perkins.
While enjoying a Wheaton residence with wife, Jan, Piersall endeared
himself to a new generation with honest, sometimes controversial
analysis of the Chicago White Sox on legendary television and
radio broadcasts with partner Harry Caray. Piersall’s fielding
expertise remained unquestioned; in demand as an outfield consultant
into his 70s.
Herb Adams 1948-50 Chicago White Sox
1950 Cleveland Indians
Herbert Loren Adams first stormed a big-league ballpark at 18,
three scoreless innings pitched at New York’s Polo Grounds
as a 1946 United States All-Star from Oak Park-River Forest High.
Born in Hollywood April, 14, 1928, to RKO Studio employees let
go during the Depression, “Herbie” was a fleet 5-foot-9,
160-pounder once dubbed “the mighty atom.”
A .405 hitter his first minor league season and league MVP the
next, the left-handed outfielder singled in his September 1948
White Sox debut, the American League’s third youngest player
that season. Adams tripled leading off both the 1949 and 1950
seasons. Despite various injuries including a concussion from
colliding against Fenway Park’s bullpen wall, in 1949 the
starting center fielder hit .293, earning a $1,000 bond from hometown
fans on “Herb Adams Night” at Comiskey Park.
Between a .203 start in 1950, his subsequent draft into the Army
to serve in the Korean War and an overseas bout with hepatitis
that reduced him to 119 pounds, Adams never reached the Majors
again, compiling a .261 batting average in 95 games. He won a
1957 Silver Glove as the minors’ top center fielder before
retiring in 1959. Adams lived 51 years in Wheaton with his wife,
Donna, 28 of them as a Wheaton Post Office clerk. They now reside
in Tulsa, Okla., near Herb Adams Jr. and his family.
Milt Pappas 1957-1965 Baltimore Orioles
1966-1968 Cincinnati Reds
1968-1970 Atlanta Braves
1970-1973 Chicago Cubs
A 17-year Major League starting pitcher, Pappas’ 1972 no-hitter
against the San Diego Padres was the last by a Cub until Carlos
Zambrano threw one in 2008. A control specialist, Pappas compiled
a 209-164 lifetime record with a 3.40 earned run average and 1,728
strikeouts to only 858 bases on balls. Born in Detroit May 11,
1939, Pappas started the 1965 All-Star Game for the American League
and pitched in both 1962 All- Star games.
The first hurler to win 200 games without a 20-win season, he
won at least 10 games in 11 straight years. Pappas’ 110
American League victories and 99 in the National League had him
one win away from joining a select group of pitchers including
Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry with
100 victories in each league. Joining the Cubs in 1970, the fiery
right-hander won a career-high 17 games in both 1971 and 1972.
At Wrigley Field on Sept. 2, 1972, Pappas became the only pitcher
to have a perfect-game bid snapped by a walk to the 27th batter
– on a pitch umpire Bruce Froemming ruled high and outside,
a call Pappas will argue to this day.
During and after his Cubs tenure he was a high-profile Wheaton
resident who put children Steve and Michelle through Wheaton Central
High School; every game Pappas won for the Cubs earned a donation
by the local Armbrust family to Wheaton’s Kelly Park.
J. C. Martin 1959-67 Chicago White Sox
1968-69 New York Mets
1970-72 Chicago Cubs
A September 1959 call-up as the White Sox won their first American
League pennant in 40 years, Joseph Clifton Martin debuted as a
corner infielder. Sent to Class A Savannah in 1962 to learn the
art of catching, the former Wheaton resident became one of the
game’s best handlers of pitchers. Martin caught several
one-hitters, and Joe Horlen’s no- hitter during the 1967
pennant race; he worked with All-Stars like Ken Holtzman, Jerry
Koosman and Gary Peters, and Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Ferguson
Jenkins, Tom Seaver and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm.
In a 14-year career the 6-foot-2, 188-pound Martin hit .222 with
32 home runs and 230 runs in 908 games. A trusted and valuable
backup receiver, he capitalized when it mattered, singling home
Al Weis during the “Amazin’ Mets” eighth inning
rally in the 1969 National League Championship Series. Martin
forced a rule change with another clutch at-bat in the 1969 World
Series. Executing a sacrifice bunt in Game 4, bottom of the 10th,
the throw to first struck Martin as he unintentionally ran inside
the base line. The winning run scored in a 2-1 Mets victory. Set
an American League record by being involved in three double plays
as a catcher at Cleveland in the second game of a twin bill on
June 23, 1963. There were 2 strike em’ out, throw em’
out DP’s and was the middle person in a third to catcher
to first DP.
In 1970 a new runner’s lane appeared on all Major League
fields. Born Dec. 13, 1936, in Axton, Va., Martin now lives in
Advance, N.C. His son, Jay, is assistant athletic director and
men’s and women’s golf coach at Wheaton College.
Mike Joyce 1962-63 White Sox
Born in Detroit on Feb. 12, 1941, the hard-throwing sinkerballer
made his Major League debut with a scoreless inning against his
hometown Tigers on July 2, 1962. A promising right-hander, the
6-foot-2, 193- pound Joyce’s career was diminished by injuries.
Signing with the White Sox after a year at the University of Michigan,
Joyce burned up Class A Savannah (with fellow honoree J.C. Martin
as a battery mate), compiling a 6-3 record with 4 shutouts in
Joining the Sox in 1962, Joyce went 2-1 with a 3.32 earned run
average in 25 games. Among his Major League highlights: earning
a starting assignment at venerable Yankee Stadium; and being selected
by the Sox to dance the twist behind home plate on “Teen
Night.” Although the handsome hurler started 24 games at
Triple-A Indianapolis the next season, his 6 appearances for the
1963 White Sox were his last in a big league uniform. Suffering
what years later was diagnosed as a torn rotator cuff, Joyce was
sold to the New York Mets in March 1964 and pitched parts of the
next two seasons in the minors before hanging up the spikes.
A sales consultant in Wheaton, he and his wife of 47 years, Shirley,
sent children Mike, Kimberly, Chris and Darin through Wheaton
Central High School. They have nine grandchildren and Mike still
roots for the White Sox.
Chet Lemon 1975-81 Chicago White Sox
1982-90 Detroit Tigers
The 22nd overall draft pick of 1972, Chet “The Jet”
escaped the Watts ghetto to enjoy a 16-year, All-Star career that
included the 1984 World Series title. The White Sox made a steal
of a deal for the daring center fielder and 6-foot, 190-pound
Chester Earl Lemon quickly hit stride with the “South Side
Hit Men.” He studied Major League ballparks to record an
American League-record 512 outfield putouts in 1977.
Lemon made at least 400 outfield putouts in five different seasons,
another AL record. (He also led the league four times in being
hit by pitch; his 151 plunkings ranks 19th all-time in the majors.)
Born Feb. 12, 1955, in Jackson, Miss., the former Wheaton resident
played in the 1978 and 1979 All- Star Games. In 1979 he reached
career highs with a .318 batting average and 86 RBI, tied for
the league lead with 44 doubles and also swatted 17 home runs.
He started the 1984 All-Star Game and hit .294 in Detroit’s
World Series victory over San Diego. In 1,988 games, Chester hit
.273 with 215 home runs, 396 doubles and 884 runs batted-in.
Lemon survived a deadly disease which hastened his retirement
– once quoted as saying polycythemia vera is usually discovered
in autopsies – to become a hugely successful Amateur Athletic
Union baseball coach in Sanford, Fla. His son, Marcus, was a 2006
Texas Rangers draft pick.
Dave Otto 1987-1990 Oakland Athletics
1991-1992 Cleveland Indians
1994 Chicago Cubs
A slim yet imposing 6 feet, 7 inches on the pitcher’s mound,
Dave Otto initially was drafted in 1982 by the Baltimore Orioles
as a senior at Elk Grove High School. He instead attended the
University of Missouri where as a designated hitter and pitcher
from 1983-85 he was a two-time academic All-American, earning
induction into Missouri’s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall
of Fame in 2000. In 1985, Otto slugged 16 home runs as an All-American
DH; he batted .366 in his three seasons for the Tigers. His pitching,
however, got him to the Major Leagues. Drafted again in 1985 by
Oakland, the tall left-hander with the sweeping curve pitched
with four teams over eight seasons.
Born in Chicago on Nov. 12, 1964, Otto spent parts of three seasons
with the Athletics and joined the Cleveland Indians’ starting
rotation in 1991 and 1992. Otto compiled a lifetime record of
10 wins and 22 losses in 109 appearances. Otto concluded his career
with is hometown Cubs; in 1994 during an exhibition game against
the Chicago White Sox, he flied out to a right fielder named Michael
Jordan, and then allowed a single to Jordan.
Otto continued in baseball as an excellent television and radio
broadcast analyst, and he still conducts pitching clinics in Wheaton.
His son, Travis, a former Wheaton North first baseman, was drafted
by the White Sox in 2008.
Dan Schatzeder 1976 – Selected by the Montreal Expos in the third
round of the amateur draft 1977-79 – Montreal Expos 1980-81
– Detroit Tigers
1982 – Toronto Blue Jays 1982 – San Francisco Giants
1982-86 – Montreal Expos 1986-87 – Philadelphia Phillies
1987 – Minnesota Twins 1988 – Cleveland Indians 1988
– Minnesota Twins
1989-90 – Houston Astros 1990 – New York Mets 1991
– Kansas City Royals
Daniel Earnest Schatzeder, a highly valued and well-traveled
left-handed pitcher, was third in the National League in 1979
with a 2.83 earned-run average. Born Dec. 1, 1954, in Elmhurst,
he played baseball and basketball at Willowbrook High School in
Villa Park, earning inaugural membership into its athletic hall
of fame in February 2010. Moving to Wheaton after his Major League
career, he put son, Dusty, and daughter, Lauren, through Wheaton
North High School while assisting former Falcons baseball coach
Jim Humay. The 6-foot, 185-pounder had lessons and tales aplenty
gleaned over 15 big league seasons. Among the landmark moments
he witnessed were Pete Rose’s 4,000th hit and Mike Schmidt’s
500th home run.
Schatzeder earned the victory in Game Six of the 1987 World Series
pitching for the champion Minnesota Twins. Throwing a sweeping
curve that befuddled lefties and righties alike, Schatzeder –
a tough battler with a good bat and great mustache – began
his big-league career as a starting pitcher and evolved into a
set-up man. After going 10-5 in 1979, Schatzeder was dealt to
Detroit where in 1980 he attained career highs with an 11-13 record
in 192 ¨ø innings pitched. He retired after the 1991
season with a lifetime 69-68 record and 3.74 ERA in 504 games.
Now an Oswego resident, Schatzeder teaches physical education
and coaches football at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora.
1924 – St. Louis Browns
An argument could be made that Olen Edward Voigt’s Major
League pitching career was damaged by overuse in the minors. Starting
with 29 appearances for the Rockford Rox as a 20-year-old in 1919,
the 6-foot- 1, 170-pound right-hander averaged more than 263 innings
in six minor league seasons. He topped 300 innings twice in his
career – 303 with Rockford in 1920 and a whopping 332 innings
pitched while compiling a 19-22 record with the Denver Bears of
the Western League in 1923. After throwing his heart out for Denver,
in 1924 Voigt hit Sportsman’s Park with the St. Louis Browns,
managed by Hall of Famer George Sisler.
At the age of 25 Voigt made his Major League debut on April 19,
1924. In eight games with the Brownies he went 1-0 on the mound
with a 5.51 earned-run average, also swatting a triple in five
plate appearances. His final big league appearance came on May
31, and then Voigt returned to Tulsa of the Western League. Returning
to workhorse status with Tulsa the remainder of the 1924 season,
“Ode” went 12-11 in 191 innings pitched and retired
with a minor league record of 78-82 in 234 games.
Born in Wheaton on Jan. 29, 1899, Voigt starred at Wheaton High
School and the University of Illinois. He passed away on April
7, 1970, in Scottsdale, Ariz.