HAYES INDUCTED INTO NBC HALL OF FAME
Von Hayes who played for the A’s in 1978-79 was honored in Wichita during the 72nd NBC World Series.
Hayes played in the Series during his 1979 season with the A’s, as well as after his major league career in 1993.
He was named the leading hitter after the 1979 NBC World Series after leading the tournament in home runs hit. His hitting helped Clarinda to a tie for 4th place that year. Hayes batted .619 (11-21) and scored 11 runs. He as named the third baseman to the 1979 All American team and the A’s went on to win the award for the Most Popular team that season.
Hayes, who was drafted in the 7th round in 1979, had a twelve-year career with Cleveland, Philadelphia and California He became an All Star in 1989 with the Phillies and through the course of his career he played in 1,495 games and had a .276 batting average.
Currently the manager of the Oakland A’s AA team in Midland, TX., his Clarinda A’s manager Merl Eberly accepted the award for him during the ceremonies in Wichita.
Hayes is the third member of the A’s to be inducted into the NBC Hall of Fame, joining Ozzie Smith and Eberly. Other former A’s who have been recognized by the NBC are Andy Benes and Chuck Knoblauch had been named “Graduates of the Year” at previous tournaments.
Others inducted this year were Steve Shaad, former GM of the Wichita Wranglers and National Baseball Congress, J.D Schneider, Vice President and Director of Operations of the El Dorado Broncos and Robin Ventura who played with the White Sox, Mets, Yankees and Dodgers.