Missouri State’s ball module has had 17 players go from wearing a Bears’ uniform to personification in a large leagues.
Mark Bailey was a first, personification in tools of 7 seasons in a majors after his time with a Bears from 1980-82.
Bailey will be respected for his accomplishments on May 25, when he is partial of a five-person initiation category into a Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
The annual Baseball Luncheon, set for 11 a.m. during a University Plaza Convention Center, will follow a phenomenon of a statue of West Plains High connoisseur and former Pirates’ core fielder Bill Virdon in a 9 a.m. rite during a Hall of Fame.
The initiation category is highlighted by Bailey and also includes former Negro League pitcher John Donaldson, Westran High School’s Kelly Odneal, St. Louis sports author Rob Rains, and Mark Stratton, former Glendale High and Drury University coach.
Bailey is a Glendale High connoisseur who played 13 years in a veteran ranks, including portions of 7 seasons in a majors with a Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants from 1984-92.
Bailey helped a Bears strech a 1982 Division II College World Series, and is now in his 20th deteriorate as a manager in a Astros’ organization.
Donaldson is a Glasgow local who played for 25 teams, mostly in a Negro Leagues and barnstorming circuits, over a 33-year camber from 1908-41. He won some-more than 400 games and struck out some-more than 5,000 hitters in his career.
He was a initial member of a Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs in 1920, and was hired by a White Sox as a director in 1949, apropos a initial African-American full-time director in a majors. He died in 1970.
Odneal is a winning high propagandize softball manager in Missouri history, with a 515-92 record from 1975 to 2007. Most of that came during a 485-89 widen during Westran High School, though he also coached during Jamestown High School.
His teams done 15 trips to a state semifinals, won 3 state titles (1987, 1996 and 1999), placed second 8 times, third 3 times and fourth once.
Rains is a Springfield local who has been an award-winning sports author for 37 years. He has authored some-more than 30 books and hundreds of repository stories, is a former National League kick author for USA Today Baseball Weekly and now runs stlsportspage.com, essentially covering a Cardinals.
Stratton was one of a many successful ball coaches in a state, initial during Glendale High School and afterwards during Drury University.
He was 244-154 in 13 seasons as Glendale’s conduct manager from 1993-2006, promulgation 30 players on to college scholarships. He coached a Glendale Merchants American Legion module from 1988-2002, compiling a 421-243 record and winning a 1997 state championship.
Stratton was Drury’s initial coach, with a program’s pregnancy in 2007 and stayed by 2012, finishing with a 175-134 record and never finishing with an under-.500 record. He led a Panthers to 4 NCAA Division II Tournament berths.