COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER
TO DEDICATE HEADSTONE FOR GEORGE SHIVELY
On Easter Sunday, baseball's Opening Day 2015, members of the MCSHOF and about 150 Monroe County residents gathered at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington to place head stones on the unmarked graves of 10 African Amercians, including 2015 inductee George Shively, a Negro Baseball League great.
Shively passed away in 1962 and was buried without a marker. Officiating at his funeral was a minister by the name of Anthony Thompson. Officiating on this day was another minister named Anthony Thompson, yes THAT Anthony Thompson, the 2-time IU All-American and now the pastor of Lighthouse Community Church.
Bob Hammel, another 2015 MCSHOF inductee, introduced guests, including Sally Gaskill of vocal group Voces Novae, an active participant in the project. Timothy Noble, the great local baritone, sang "Amazing Grace" and led the gathering in a rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."
Present for the ceremony were Shively's grand niece and grand nephew, Janice Leonard and Seth Debro. The final salute of the day had the entire group forming a circle around the grave markers and joining Voces Novae in the singing of "We Shall Overcome."
The limetone was donated by Reed Quaries. Special thanks also to Casey Winningham for the stone designs; Mike Waggoner of Standish Steel for the metal work; Ron Pursell of Purcell Monuments; Greg Guise of Guise Art; and Brad Powell and Mike Donham of Accent Stone -- truly a community effort.
To see the video of the ceremony, click on the link directly to the right under "Latest News."
CLASS OF 2015
The Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 has plenty to boast about.
You could argue that four of the inductees are the most decorated in their respective sports.
- No other Monroe County resident came claim to be a seven-time baseball All-Star, but George Shively earned that distinction as Negro League standout in the 1920s and 30s.
- No other Monroe County sportsman can claim to have started six Indianapolis 500 races, but Sheldon Kinser did.
- No other Monroe County basketball player ever earned a Final Four MVP award, but Sean May did.
- No other Monroe County gymnast can claim a state gymnastics title, but Becky Cousins did – and then some.
That is a distinguished group right there, but the other six inductees are just as impressive.
Bill Armstong Jr. and Kevin King were dominant three-sport stars in their day. Armstrong was the county’s first state swimming champion, and also excelled in baseball and football at Bloomington High.
King, a 1979 grad of South, was a state champion in two sports, wrestling (heavyweight division) and track (discus). He was a Mental Attitude Award winner in track and also was named an All-State linebacker in football.
The Class of 2015 also boasts two very familiar names in coaching, Charlie Warthan and John Holmes. Warthan, the longtime track and cross country coach at North, already is in a three-time Hall of Famer -- National Cross County, Indiana Track/Cross County Coaches Association and Indiana State University. Warthan’s cross country teams have qualified for state 14 times, and his 1980 boys’ squad not only won the Indiana state title, but was later recognized by The Harrier magazine as one of the best high school teams ever.
Holmes has been a fixture in the area as a coach, athletic director and farmer. He piled up 318 coaching wins and four sectional titles at five schools in 26 years – Ellettsville, Cascade, Martinsville, Avon and Shawswick. Back in the day of single-class basketball, Holmes won sectional titles at three of the smaller schools he coached -- Ellettsville (1961), Cascade (1965) and Avon (1978). He returned to Ellettsville to coach Edgewood from 1981-85 and then as athletic director until 1992.
The 2015 Contributor and Humanitarian awardees are worthy recipients as well. The Humanitarian Award goes to the late Thomas “Doc” Petry, who served as a sports trainer at Bloomington High/South from 1964-94, missing only one game in those 30 years. Many a Panther athlete can thank him for minimizing injuries and getting them physically ready to perform. He was named Indiana Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1994.
The argument also can be made that the recipient of the Contributor Award is the most decorated journalist to ever call this county home, Bob Hammel, the nationally recognized sports writer whose words graced the pages of the Bloomington Herald-Telephone/Times for 30 years.
From 1967-96, Hammel covered not only Indiana University and local sports, but also five Olympic Games, 10 Indianapolis 500s and eight World Series. Hammel covered all three of IU’s NCAA championships and eight bowl games. He already is a five-time Hall of Famer – U.S. Basketball Writers Association, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame and Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Only the legendary Ernie Pyle has been as honored in Monroe County as Bob Hammel. In fact, a Herald-Times reader survey in 2000 named Hammel and Pyle as co-winners of the title, Writers of the Century.
The 2015 banquet and induction ceremony will be Friday, July 10 at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. Meet & Greet open to public 4:45pm-5:45pm; reception 5:45pm-6:45pm; Dinner at 7:00 pm; program at 8:00 pm. The Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame is housed in the Fountain Square Atrium, South side of the square.
Nominations for Athlete, Coach, Contributor of Humanitarian may be made by emailing the nomination, along with as much supporting documentation and information as possible, to the email below or send to the mailing address below to the attention of the Historian.
MAILING ADDRESS: MCSHOF, P. O. Box 122, Bloomington, IN 47402-0122
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