Former World Champs to headline event
Ralph Terry, left and Bob Cerv.

Two members of the World Champion New York Yankees will headline a special event in Beatrice, the 1961 World Champions, that is.

Former Yankees Ralph Terry and Bob Cerv are scheduled to be in Beatrice Sunday, Feb. 21, for the 2010 Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet.

The event will be held at the Beatrice Eagles Club at Eighth and Court streets.

Social hour will begin at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and program at 6:30 p.m.

Terry and Cerv, teammates on the 1961 Yankees, will sign autographs for ticket holders beginning at 5 p.m.

A native of Big Cabin, Okla., Terry was just 20 when he broke into the big leagues Aug. 6, 1956, with the Yankees.

Terry was with the Yankees in 1956 and 1957, but went to the Kansas City A’s in 1957. He went back to the Yankees during the 1959 season and played with the Bronx bombers for the next five years.

Terry was a member of New York teams, which competed in the World Series from 1960-64 and was a member of the 1962 American League All-Star squad.

Terry retired in April 1967 after brief stints with the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City A’s and New York Mets.

Cerv was born in Nebraska and was 25 years old when he broke into the Major Leagues with the Yankees on Aug. 1, 1951, as an outfielder.

Cerv played with the Yankees through the 1956 season. He then spent the 1957-1959 seasons and part of the 1960 season with the Kansas City A’s. He was traded back to the Yankees in May 1960.

Cerv was taken by the Los Angeles in the December 1960 expansion draft, but was again picked up by the Yankees in a trade in May 1961.

Cerv played his final major league game on July 29, 1962, for the Houston Colt .45s after being sold by the Yankees to Houston in June 1962.

During his Major League career, Cerv played for the Yankees in three World Series and was a member of the 1958 All-Star team.

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Prior to his professional baseball career, Cerv played both baseball and basketball for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Along with the appearances by Terry and Cerv, the Hall of Fame program will include induction of its Class of 2010.

Three players, a manager and an umpire will also be inducted in the class.

Two of the players to be honored have Beatrice ties.

University of Nebraska-Omaha head coach Bob Herold will be inducted as a player. Herold played for the Beatrice Bruins in the 1980s. He went on to play, coach and manage in professional baseball before taking the UNO job.

Buddy Hunter, the only player from John J. Pershing College in Beatrice to make the Major Leagues, will also be inducted.

Hunter, a south Omaha product, drafted in the third round of the 1969 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox, made his Major League debut with the team July 1, 1971. He played with the Red Sox until being purchased by the Kansas City Royals in December 1973.

Hunter never appeared for the Royals’ Major League club and was sent back to the Red Sox before the 1975 season. He played his final Major League game June 1, 1975.

The other inductees are Omaha Diamond Spirit manager Arden Rakosky, umpire Steve Farlee of Norfolk and former Seward area player Bob, who of is being inducted posthumously.

Beatrice senior A.J. Jarvis will also be presented with a scholarship from the banquet committee during the banquet and there will be a raffle and silent auction of sports memorabilia.

Tickets for the banquet are available locally from banquet chairman Bob Steinkamp at 239-8000.

The tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth 18-and-under and must be ordered in advance.

Tickets can also be purchased from Hall of Fame board members Larry Bornschlegl, 402-463-1071, and Rick Mueller, 402-759-4621.

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