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Derek Jeter, Dave Keilitz headline Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018

July 30, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame will induct Kalamazoo Central standout Derek Jeter and Central Michigan University baseball icon Dave Keilitz on Saturday, August 11th, at Cooley Law School Stadium.The mission of the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame is to: Honor the state's baseball heroes of yesterday

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame will induct Kalamazoo Central standout Derek Jeter and Central Michigan University baseball icon Dave Keilitz on Saturday, August 11th, at Cooley Law School Stadium.
The mission of the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame is to:

  • Honor the state's baseball heroes of yesterday
  • Celebrate the national pastime today
  • Inspire the baseball fans and ballplayers of tomorrow

The inductees were determined by a vote of a special Hall of Fame committee: Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster and Michigan State University alum Joe Block, longtime Western Michigan University baseball coach Fred Decker, longtime umpire Mark Ditsworth, WLNS TV 6's Fred Heumann, Detroit Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba, former University of Michigan head baseball coach Rich Maloney, WILX TV 10's Tim Staudt, the MHSAA's Mark Uyl and Detroit Tigers scout Clyde Weir.

The Class of 2018
Before he became one of the New York Yankees' greatest players, Derek Jeter was the nationally recognized star of the Kalamazoo Central High School Maroons. After batting .557 with seven home runs as a junior in 1991, Jeter followed up with a .508 average, four homers, 23 RBIs and 12 steals in 23 games as a senior and was named the American Baseball Coaches Association High School Player of the Year, the USA Today High School Baseball Player of the Year, and Mr. Baseball for the state of Michigan. He was drafted sixth overall in 1992 and collected 3,465 hits and five World Series rings in 20 seasons with the Yankees.

Dave Keilitz set 17 Central Michigan University records as a player, capped by becoming the Chippewas' 1964 team MVP and the first All-American in program history. He was named CMU head coach in 1971, a position he held for 14 years, posting a 456-203 career record, moving the program successfully from Division II to Division I, winning four MAC championships, making six NCAA tournament appearances and receiving four MAC Coach of the Year and two NCAA Regional Coach of the Year awards. He then served as CMU Athletic Director from 1984-1994 and ABCA Executive Director from 1994-2014. In April 2018, Central Michigan University named the baseball field at Theunissen Stadium Keilitz Field in his honor.

To purchase tickets to the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame or for more information, stop by the Cooley Law School Stadium box office at 505 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Lansing, call (517) 485-4500 or visit lansinglugnuts.com.

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