On Saturday, July 22nd, St. Charles Varsity Baseball Coach Ray Benjamin and his staff (with special recognition to Tim Kolp) hosted the program’s annual “Dinner on the Diamond” and Hall of Fame Celebration.
Those specially-honored and inducted in to the St. Charles Hall of Fame included All-State baseball players Butch Miller ’76, Brad Bauer ’79 (posthumously) and Dave Delacio ’83, as well as the entire 1957 Baseball Team which played its way to the State’s Final Four that spring.
The event included a social/cocktail hour and a steak dinner (guests were seated at tables literally placed on the turf infield). The induction ceremony was hosted by Dan Tarpy (St. Charles Development Officer) and included words from the honorees. Sam Hoffman spoke on behalf of the 1957 team and included a recap of the season alongside two poster boards of clippings and photos which his sister, St. Charles’ own Sr. Margaret Hoffman, helped compile through many hours of research.
Special thanks to the event’s special sponsors Amato’s Wood Fired Pizza; the Cincinnati Reds, Dan Miller, Dan Tarpy and Glazers Wine, Jeff Fix and RDP Foodservice and Ed Evans and WestCamp Press.
To see a photo album from the event, visit the school’s Facebook page by clicking HERE.
Coach Ray Benjamin ’91 with Paula Denlinger, who accepted the honor on behalf of her late brother, Brad Bauer ’79.
Dave DeLacio ’83 with coach Ray Benjamin ’91.
Butch Miller ’76 with coach Ray Benjamin ’91.
Those members on hand as part of the 1957 varsity baseball team’s induction into the St. Charles baseball Hall of Fame were (from left) Butch DeMatteis ’57, Joe Bossetti ’58, Dr. Jim Allen ’57, Alex Laymon ’58, Matt Howard ’58, Dick Dickas ’58, Dr. Stephen Scherer ’57, Mike McDonald ’58 and Thomas “Sam” Hoffman ’58.
The remaining players and coaches from that team includes Duane Davies, Bill Eckstein ’59 (equipment manager), Bob Koerner ’58, Jim Kloman ’57, Mike Sweeney ’59 and Dan Wiles ’59 — as well as those who are now deceased: Tom Austin ’57, Fred Blackburn ’58, John Sauter ’58, Larry Sopko’57 and legendary head coach, Jack Ryan.