Wisconsin State League Adds Six to Hall of Fame

November 26, 2013

The Wisconsin State Baseball League will add six players to its Hall of Fame on Saturday night, Jan. 25, 2014 at the league's Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner in Sheboygan.

Wisconsin State League

SHEBOYGAN – The Wisconsin State Baseball League will add six players to its Hall of Fame on Saturday night, Jan. 25, 2014 at the league’s Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner in Sheboygan.

Elected to the hall of the state’s prestigious semi-pro league are R.D. Boschulte of Madison, Troy Evers and Steve Schulz of the Green Bay Blue Ribbons, Tom Gardner of the Sheboygan A’s, Bill McQueen of the Janesville Aces and Mike Pierce of the Addison Braves.

The class of six brings the number inducted to 33 since the charter class of 2007.

In six seasons and parts of two others, Boschulte, who played his college baseball for the University of Wisconsin, hit .352 in 134 games. That ranks him 14th among players with 500 or more plate appearances. He helped Madison’s sponsors Leske’s Supper Club and later Howard Johnson Hotel to Divisional titles in 1973, 1974 and 1975 and a league championship in 1976.

Boschulte hit over .400 twice. His best year was in 1973 when the shortstop hit .457 in 24 games. He also led the league in assists that year. In Madison’s 1976 championship season, Boschulte hit .341 and led the league in stolen bases.

Rarely would these rankings be compatible to one person: sixth in career home runs, first in career saves. But those are Troy Evers’ stats. When he had the bat, the pitcher/outfielder racked up a .350 batting average, 44 home runs, 209 hits and 166 runs batted in in 154 games. When he had the ball, he ran up a 27-3 record with 15 saves and a 2.21 earned run average in 228 innings.

The 5-time all-league selection led the league in home runs in 1994 (8) and 1995 (9) and in winning percentage in 1992 and 1998, 6-0 in both seasons. In addition to leading the league in home runs in 1994, he was named pitcher of the year. He was 5-0 with a 1.62 earned run average and 51 strikeouts in 50 innings.

Sheboygan’s shortstop for eight seasons, Gardner hit .323 over that stretch and was a key element in the club’s first league title in 1991. His keen eye always had him at the top of the order and helped account for a .443 career on base percentage. In 219 games, Gardner struck out 67 times compared to 158 walks.

His best year was 1993 when he hit .422 to lead the league and earn co-MVP honors. He led the league in runs scored, 35, 1990; hits, 38, 1993, doubles, 12, 1992 and assists, 82, 1991. He ranks seventh in career assists, 567, and seventh in double plays, 93.

Bill McQueen, who played in the league for 19 seasons, ranks second to his longtime teammate Tom Klawitter in just about every career pitching category including wins and strikeouts. McQueen appeared in 172 games, threw 845+ innings and posted a 68-60 record with 12 shutouts and six saves.

He led the league in earned run average (2.32) and in winning percentage (4-0) in his first season, 1988, and helped Janesville to championships or playoff appearances in 1989, 1990 and 1993. McQueen’s 4.12 career earned run average ranks second among pitchers with 800 or more innings pitched. Of his many, many good years, his best may have been 2002 when he was 4-2 with a 1.85 earned run average.

Addison’s top stick for 12 of his 14 seasons, Mike Pierce finished his career with a .316 batting average, sixth best among players with 1,200 or more plate appearances. Pierce has 77 doubles and 29 home runs among his 339 career hits to rank seventh on the career slugging list with a .488 slugging percentage.

He had several outstanding years, but his best may have been 2002 when he hit .379 and led the league in home runs (6), total bases (67) and slugging percentage (.650). Pierce hit .396 in 2008, .364 in 1998 and .358 in 2003.

Pierce played two years with Lombard, 2005 and 2006 and Lombard won titles in both seasons. He was named to the all-league team seven times.

Steve Schulz, who holds the State League record with 23 career triples, hit .339 in seven seasons with the Green Bay Blue Ribbons, and helped the Ribbons to league championships in five of them – 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1981.

His best season was 1979 when he hit .423 with 39 hits, 21 runs batted in and six triples in 21 games. Schulz led the league in slugging percentage that year, .662, and also led that year in put outs and total chances. He was the league MVP that season.

The dinner where the six will be inducted will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Sheboygan Yacht Club, 214 Pennsylvania Ave. in Sheboygan. Dinner is at 7 p.m., following a 5:30 p.m. social hour. The program will begin at 8 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations and payment must be received by Jan 18. Make checks payable to Wisconsin State League and send to the WSL, PO Box 32, Sheboygan, WI 53082-0032

The Wisconsin State League is one of the premier semi-professional/amateur baseball leagues in the mid-west. In operation since 1970, the Wisconsin State League is a highly competitive league that features many of the midwest's top current and former collegiate athletes, as well as many former professional baseball players. Keep up to date on everything happening in the Wisconsin State League by following the league online on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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