Butler County Times Gazette
  • New selections made for Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame

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  • Wichita State University great P.J. Forbes, Cowley College coach Dave Burroughs and the 1954-55 Boeing Bombers headline the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014, along with the late George Dockins, the late Marvin Truby and the late Jerry Webster. In addition, 2013 electee Pat Meares will be inducted. The annual induction banquet will be held January 25 at Hillside Christian Church in Wichita, located at 8330 East Douglas. Wichita State coach Todd Butler will be the featured speaker.
    Burroughs has won 1028 games in his 26 years at Cowley College in Arkansas City. His 1997 and 1998 teams won the NJCAA World Series. Altogether, Cowley has won 15 Jayhawk Conference division titles under Burroughs and has made six appearances in the NJCAA World Series.
    Dockins, from Clyde, pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945 and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, compiling an 8-6 record. He joins his brother Frank in the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.
    Forbes, from Pittsburg, was part of Wichita State's 1989 NCAA championship team. He reached the majors as a player for Baltimore and Philadelphia and has served as a minor league manager since 2004.
    Truby, from Independence, is credited with creating the first night game in professional baseball. In 1930, he advanced the Independence Baseball Association $8000 so it could purchase and install lights.
    Webster, from Mulvane, began playing semiprofessional baseball as a teenager in the mid-1950s. In the early 1960s, he played on three consecutive National Baseball Congress championship teams. Webster also played professionally in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.
    The 1954-55 Boeing Bombers were back to back NBC World Series champions. The teams were dominated by future professional players, including 1955 World Series MVP Daryl Spencer.
    Meares, from Salina, played nine seasons in the major leagues - six with Minnesota and three with Pittsburgh. He was drafted by the Twins out of Wichita State, where he helped lead the Shockers to the 1989 College World Series championship. Meares was named to the '89 All-CWS team.
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