This past year, the Spokane community lost two individuals who made a lasting impact on the game of baseball in our region. To honor their dedication to the game and the Inland Northwest, the Spokane Indians honored longtime Gonzaga coach Danny Evans and former Indians player Chris Gradoville on Friday,
This past year, the Spokane community lost two individuals who made a lasting impact on the game of baseball in our region. To honor their dedication to the game and the Inland Northwest, the Spokane Indians honored longtime Gonzaga coach Danny Evans and former Indians player Chris Gradoville on Friday, July 22nd with a place on Avista Stadium’s Rim of Honor.
After a standout career at Gonzaga as an infielder, Evans was a member of the Bulldogs coaching staff for 19 years, and served as an associate head coach beginning in 2009. While at Gonzaga, Evans had an impact on student-athletes, colleagues, and friends that reached well beyond the baseball field. In April of this year, Coach Evans lost his battle with cancer.
Gradoville was a catcher on the 2007 Spokane Indians team and reached as high as Triple-A during his time in the Rangers organization. While playing for the Indians in 2007, he met his future wife, Nikki. Following his playing career, Gradoville worked with young athletes as part of his sports performance business, at Whitworth University where he was on the baseball coaching staff, and for Creighton University where he was the Director of Baseball Operations. Last September, Chris Gradoville lost his life in a senseless act of violence in Omaha, Nebraska, but his lasting impact to baseball and athletics in the Inland Northwest is still felt today.
The Spokane Indians introduced the Rim of Honor in 2007 to give thanks and celebrate individuals who have contributed to the organization through their excellence on and off the field during the team's history. Evans and Gradoville will be honored this season and in 2023, joining the four permanent members—Dwight Aden, Tommy Lasorda, Levi McCormack, and Maury Wills.
ABOUT THE SPOKANE INDIANS
The Spokane Indians are the High-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies located in Spokane, Washington, and were named 2021 MiLB Organization of the Year. Avista Stadium is home to the MultiCare Kids Bench Seat. Parking at all Spokane Indians games is FREE. The Spokane Indians office and team store hours are 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Monday through Thursday and 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Fridays. On game days, the office and team store are open from 10:00 AM through the end of the game.