In 1990, after 55 years of great players, managers and administrators for the National Baseball Congress along with the Rich family, who had purchased the NBC in 1986, decided to begin recognizing some of the great contributors to the NBC legacy by creating the “National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame.”
The first NBC tournament was a huge risk on his part, as similar tournaments had failed miserably on both coasts.
The inaugural class was selected and inducted during the 1991 NBC World Series in Wichita, KS. It was much harder to decide whom not to include than whom to include among the first 12 inductees. The class was led by the legendary Leroy “Satchel” Paige, who won the first NBC title with his pitching prowess and his Bismarck, ND, Corwin-Churchills barnstorming, integrated ball club. Paige still holds the NBC record with 60 strikeouts in one tournament and a 4-0 record!
Also a can’t-miss selection was NBC founder Raymond “Hap” Dumont, who in 1934 convinced the City of Wichita to build Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in order to host a national tournament. The first NBC tournament was a huge risk on his part, as similar tournaments had failed miserably on both coasts. Paige, and support from the local media and the national publication The Sporting News, helped make the tournament an instant success.
A complete list of Hall of Fame inductee’s follows, complete with the year they were inducted. Many are household names. Some are remembered only by those who have followed the progress of the NBC over the years.