2016 HALL OF FAME BIOS
Ken Marler – Poplar Bluff, MO
Known as a dangerous hitter who almost never struck out, Ken Marler began his NBC World Series career in 1965 with the Liberal Bee Jays. Each of Marler’s six summers spent playing in the NBC World Series were with the Liberal Bee Jays except in 1966 when he was a left fielder for the Wichita, KS Dreamliners. Ken’s years with the Bee Jays were spent as a right fielder. Marler was an All-American in 1968 as the Liberal Bee Jays won their first of five national championships.
While Marler played for Liberal, the Bee Jays finished in second place in 1965 and 1969. Marler had an eye-popping NBC career, playing in 37 games, while recording 38 runs, 60 hits, 9 homeruns, 28 runs-batted-in and an impeccable batting average of .384. Marler passed away in June 2015.
Clyde Girrens – Wichita, KS
As a catcher, Clyde Girrens played in his first NBC Kansas State Tournament when he was only 15 years old. He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1950 and played for five years in their organization. In 1959, Girrens was back in Wichita, playing for the Wichita Weller Indians. That year, he was named to his first of four All-American teams–a record at the time (1959, 1960, 1964, 1965). Also, Girrens was named Most Valuable Player of the 1959 NBC World Series.
During his NBC World Series career, Girrens played in 22 games, scoring 18 times, and recording 31 hits, four homeruns, five stolen bases and collecting 21 runs-batted-in with a .392 batting average. Girrens is also an inductee of the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.
Alvin “Boomer” Jones – Seguin, TX
Alvin “Boomer” Jones was a coach and player for the SMI Seguin (TX) Steelers of the Zaragoza League from 1978 to 2003. He was a hard-hitting first baseman and DH who loved competing for an opportunity to travel to Wichita for a shot at a world series title. Seguin’s best finish in the NBC was fifth place in 1986. Jones won the Individual Sportsmanship award as a manager during the 1994 NBC World Series.
In 2003, while battling cancer, Jones made arrangements with his doctor to fly back and forth from Wichita to Seguin to get treatment while the NBC World Series was in progress. This was the last year Boomer traveled to Wichita, as he passed away from colon cancer in 2004. Prior to coaching and playing for Seguin, Jones was a player in the Atlanta Braves organization until 1975. He also scouted for the Braves after his playing career ended.
Taylor Thompson – Seattle, WA
Taylor Thompson started his NBC World Series career in 2006 with the Seattle Studs. Between 2006 & 2015, Thompson compiled a 7-2 record and 14 saves in 45 appearances. He pitched in 100.2 innings, allowing 60 hits and striking 85 batters, while only walking 26. Most incredible is his 0.85 earned run average of allowing just 8 earned runs.
On top of his dominating numbers, Taylor is just the second player in NBC history to be named to the NBC All-American Team four times (2008, 2010, 2013, and 2014). Thompson also helped lead the Studs to two NBC World Series championships (2013 & 2015), and four NBC World Series runner-up finishes in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Augie Garrido – Austin, TX
Before he became the winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history with 1,975 victories, Augie Garrido spent four straight summers in Alaska with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. He was the Pilots assistant coach in 1973 and 1974, leading them to a third place finish both years at the NBC World Series.
The following two years, Garrido served as the team’s manager. He led them to another third place finish in 1975. Garrido guided the Pilots to the championship game in 1976; however, they had to settle for second place after losing to the Goldpanners. His college coaching resum is remarkable, having earned five national titles and six National Coach of the Year honors. Garrido coached at San Francisco State, Cal-Poly, Cal-State Fullerton, Illinois and Texas during his 48-year coaching career. He led teams to 15 College World Series appearances, 33 NCAA Regional appearances and 25 conference championships.