Bischoff elected to A’s Hall of Fame
November 21, 2012
Strong-armed, power-hitting outfielder Jason Bischoff, who helped the Sheboygan A's to championships in 1997 and 2000, has been elected to the Sheboygan A's Hall of Fame.
Strong-armed, power-hitting outfielder Jason Bischoff, who helped the Sheboygan A’s to championships in 1997 and 2000, has been elected to the Sheboygan A’s Hall of Fame.
Bischoff becomes the 25th player inducted since the hall was inaugurated in 1993. He will be inducted at a still-to-be-determined date next summer.
He was the club’s most valuable player in 2002 when he hit .346 with 17 home runs, 14 doubles, and 143 total bases. Only Gene Mand hit more home runs in a season than Bischoff (18 in 1985).
Bischoff, who played in 415 games in his eight-year career, ranks the top 10 in nearly every offensive career category, including ranking sixth in runs batted in, doubles, home runs and total bases.
His best years were his last two, 2001 and 2002. He hit .343 and .340 with a combined total of 36 doubles and 30 home runs.
In 2002, he led the team in games played, 66, a club record he shares with Randy Wilke; plate appearances, 276; runs scored, 68; home runs, 17; total bases, 143; slugging percentage (for the second straight year), .675.
One of his most remarkable statistics and a testament to his strong arm are his 58 outfield assists and the 16 double plays in which he participated.
He was elected to the All-Wisconsin State League team three times.
“This is really great,” said Bischoff when told of his election. “It is a privilege to play with the A’s, the hometown team you followed as a kid, and then to get this honor is really something.”
Bischoff joined the A’s in 1995 after an outstanding career at Sheboygan South, where he was a two-time all-conference player. He also played for the Sheboygan Legion team, then went on to be an all-conference performer at Marian University in Fond du Lac, and was a participant in the home run derby at the College World Series.
Bischoff, a Walgreen’s store manager, resides in Appleton with his wife Jackie and son Brody.
Sheboygan A’s Hall of Fame
1993 — Denny Moyer, Chuck Zeichert
1994 — Dave Gehr, Bob Sauger
1995 — Rick Baumgart, Ron Herr
1996 — Lee Wetenkamp
1997 — Al Albert
1998 — Dave Kober
1999 — Steve Kohls
2000 — Gene Mand
2001 — Dale Ahrens
2002 — Tom Eckhardt
2003 — Tom Gardner
2004 — Fred Forsterling
2005 — Charlie Kometer, Dick Larsen
2006 — Jason Bartelt
2007 — Rick Reiss
2008 — Michael Casper
2009 — Tim Spiro
2010 — Dick Rasmussen
2011 — Randy Wilke
2012 — Clay Schwartz
2013 — Jason Bischoff
Story by: The Sheboygan Press
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