Amateur baseball: Myron Bennett to be inducted into HOF
HADLEY -- For 25 years, Myron Bennett has filled out lineup cards for the Hadley Buttermakers baseball team. And on Sept. 15 at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, he will be inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
HADLEY -- For 25 years, Myron Bennett has filled out lineup cards for the Hadley Buttermakers baseball team. And on Sept. 15 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, he will be inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bennett will achieve his measure of immortality along with Randy Heidmann of St. Mathias and Gaylord, Dave Hartmann of Arlington, Gary Hess of Fairfax and Bruce Rosenow of Hutchinson.
Baseball has been an important part of Bennett’s life for as long as he can remember -- since playing catch with his father in the family’s front yard, since the days of pick-up games with neighborhood kids, through T-ball and Little League.
“We’d get done with our Little League games in the afternoon, and then it was whoever had room in the backyard. And if we didn’t have enough, we played .500. Nowadays, not a lot of people know what .500 is,” he said.
He began playing with the Buttermakers in 1986, a year when the team didn’t win a game in the regular season. Since then, however, the Buttermakers have improved enough to have played in five state tournaments since Bennett, now 58, began as a co-manager with the team in 1992.
“I like the managing part of it,” he said. “I’m not getting into the Hall of Fame on my playing ability, that’s for sure.”
Besides managing the team, Bennett is the Gopher League scheduling coordinator and volunteer groundskeeper at Hadley’s Laurie Mahon Memorial Field. He also lines up umpires, ticket takers and batboys while making sure the concession stand has plenty of snacks. He doubles as head coach of the Murray County Central junior high baseball program. He volunteers additional community time as a member of the Hadley Lions Club, and delivers for Meals on Wheels.
It was last December when Bennett first learned his name might be put into consideration for the amateur baseball Hall of Fame. It was two weeks ago when he first heard the news of his induction.
“It was a little emotional. It was a surprise. It’s something you don’t really expect,” he said.
After it became official, Bennett was honored before a game against Lakefield with a banner celebrating his career. In that same game, one of his players, Nick Bruning, hit a three-run walk-off home run to win the contest.
Bennett says he has no plans, as yet, to retire.
“As long as I’m healthy and as long as the guys want me there, I suppose I’ll be there,” he said.