If you follow Semo Athletics you probably know that today a new class of athletes, coaches, teams, and media personnel will join the Southeast Missouri State Hall of Fame. Here is a list of the new class that will be inducted tonight:
Jim Hamby (Assistant Football Coach, 1958-68), Beverly Slaughter (Track & Field, 1978-1981), Ron Hines (Sports Information Director, 1980-2009)/Mary Hines (Honorary Member), Christine (Ridenour) Vanatta (Cross Country/Track & Field, 1982-1984), Galen McSpadden (Baseball, 1971-1974) and the 1999-2000 Men's Basketball Team.
The "headliner" of this class is no doubt the SEMO Men's Basketball team of 1999-2000. Former Southeast Missouri State Basketball coach Gary Williams and his team had a great year in 99-00. Definitely a memorable season.
However, without trying to diminish the great season the Men's team had I want to take a look at the other new members as well. All quite deserving. One in particular in my opinion is very deserving but maybe doesn't get the recognition that others may - Galen McSpadden.
Galen McSpadden grew up in Southeast Missouri and graduated from Zalma High School. The skinny left-hander went on to play baseball at Southeast Missouri State.
That small and skinny kid put on a few pounds and started to dominate opposing hitters. He remains the only pitcher in school history to lead Southeast in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts and wins in back-to-back seasons (1973, 1974). He also owns the record at SEMO for his 12.14 strikeouts per nine innings that led the nation in 1973. As a senior, McSpadden posted a 1.53 ERA, marking the fifth-best in school history.
McSpadden was drafted in the 6th round by the San Diego Padres. In 5 minor league seasons he never made an appearance in the majors in large part to an injury in Spring Training.
McSpadden is now a successful Junior College coach in Kansas at Seward County Community College. McSpadden has already been inducted into their Hall of Fame. McSpadden has won a total of 1,068 games and is still adding to that mark.
You can hear Galen McSpadden's story and perspective on KMHM 104.1 FM next week.
correction.....That is Gary Garner. Not Gary Williams. I must have had Maryland's former coach on my brain. Gary Garner was the former coach at Semo.
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