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Former Beatrice Bruin Jeff Hunter to be inducted into NEBHOF

Former Beatrice Bruin Jeff Hunter to be inducted into NEBHOF

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Five players and one coach will be inducted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame during the organization's annual banquet on Sunday, Feb. 9 in Beatrice.

This year's inductees hail from Omaha, Falls City, York and McCook. Brian Holman, a nationally known motivational speaker, will give the keynote address at this year's banquet at Aunt Mary's Restaurant in Beatrice.

Holman was a first round draft choice out of high school and had great success as a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners and the Montreal Expos.

Former Beatrice Bruins player Jeff Hunter of Omaha, a dynamic hitter for average and power who played in the Boston Red Sox organization, will be one of the inductees into this year's Hall of Fame.

Other inductees include Ron "Machine Gun Kelly" Kelly, a hard-throwing left-hander from Falls City and Bob "Big Stick" Schneider from York, who was a hard swinging third baseman during the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Glen "Red" Neujahr of York -- the strikeout king of central Nebraska from 1940-1957 -- will be an inductee as well as Kansas City Monarch Wilker H.T. "Mickey --Little Satch" Stubblefield, who passed away last year and had ties to McCook. He was an outstanding pitcher who helped break the racial barrier in baseball -- not only in Nebraska, but nationwide.

The coaching inductee is Ed "Scotty" Orcutt, a longtime coach and baseball scout from Omaha who passed away in 1972.

The 2014 scholarship recipient at this year's banquet will be Jakson Reetz of Norris High School.

Activities begin on Feb. 9 with a social hour and cash bar starting at 4 p.m. The meal is slated to begin serving at 5 p.m. The NEBHOF has honored players, coaches and umpires since 1971. Pictures and memorabilia at the hall honor those who have excelled in baseball in Nebraska.

Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for students through high school. The local contact for tickets is Bob Steinkamp at 402-239-8000.


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