Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame to induct four

December 8, 2006 – The Cedar Rapids Ball Club Inc. has selected four individuals to be inducted into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the 11th Annual Hot Stove Banquet, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel on Thursday, January 18, 2007.

The inductees are: former MLB player Paul O'Neill; former Cedar Rapids manager Ron Plaza; former general manager Don ‘Bucky' Buchheister; and past president and current board member Harold ‘Pinky' Primrose.

Paul O'Neill played for the Cedar Rapids Reds in 1982 and hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI that season. Paul reached the majors in 1985 and played 17 seasons with the Reds and Yankees. During that time, he played on five World Series Championship teams (1990, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000) and was a five time All-Star (1991, 1994-95, 1997-98). He retired after the 2001 season with a career .288 average, 281 HR and 1,269 RBI. He currently is pre and post game studio analyst, as well as an announcer for the YES Network.

Ron Plaza managed the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1965 and 1966. His 81-40 record was the best in the MWL in 1966 and his 1965 team still holds the MWL record for consecutive games won at 17 (July 3 – July 19, 1965). Ron was named the Manager of the Year in the Florida State League in 1967 and worked as a base coach for the Seattle Pilots in 1969. His playing career spanned twelve seasons in the minor leagues as an infielder, with six seasons at the Triple-A level. He is in his 24th season as a roving instructor for the Oakland A's, starting with the Athletics in 1983.

Don ‘Bucky' Buchheister was the general manager of the Cedar Rapids team from 1970 to 1989. He was named the MWL Executive of the Year and the Sporting News Class A Executive of the Year in 1976. He lives in the Cedar Rapids area and attends games at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Harold ‘Pinky' Primrose has a long history with baseball in the Cedar Rapids area. He coached baseball for many years at Cedar Rapids Washington HS and Coe College (1982-87) and is a Past President (1968-71) and member of the steering committee for the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. Pinky was elected to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1987. He was the Activities Director at Washington HS for many years and is the Executive Secretary of the Cedar Rapids Basketball and Football Officials Association. He is a past president of the Board of Directors and still serves as an active board member.

Tickets are on sale now for the 11th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel in Cedar Rapids. Along with the induction of the 2007 Hall of Famers, the night features a social hour and dinner, a live and silent auction to benefit the Kernels Foundation and the featured speaker will be the manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Mike Scioscia. Tickets are $37.50 in advance and $45 at the door and can be purchased at Veterans Memorial Stadium, by calling the Kernels at (319) 363-3887 or ordering on-line at www.kernels.com . Corporate tables for 10 people are also available for $350.


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