Northeast Indiana Baseball Association inducts three into HOF

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Northeast Indiana Baseball Association welcomed three new members to the Hall of Fame Sunday.

HOFFormer minor league pitcher Doug Neuenschwander, who played for various organizations between 1977 and 1982. Over six seasons, Neuenschwander went 37-28 with a 3.30 ERA. He also collected 32 saves. Neuenschwander said when he started playing his monthly salary was $500 per month and a $5 per day for road trips to pay for meals. Neuenschwander was within the Cincinnati Reds organization, playing for Billings, Shelby, Tampa, Waterbury and Cincinnati. His final season was in Portland, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neuenschwander went to high school at South Adams.

Pitcher Mark Parker of Huntington was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Parker played in the minor leagues between 1978 and 1982 within the Cubs organization, pitching in cities like Geneva, Midland, Wichita and Iowa. He collected an overall record of 42-32 with 4.66 ERA, mostly in Triple-A. He has two career saves. He pitched at Huntington University before being drafted in the 7th round in 1978.

Umpire Mark Stultz has been calling balls and strike since 1980, when he first became a licensed official with the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Stultz has worked the IHSAA state baseball tournament for 20 years, having called championship games in 2001, 2006, 2009 and 2010. He’s also worked in the NAIA, and been assigned to ten Connie Mack regionals and two Connie Mack World Series. Stultz is also one the state’s top high school football officials.

Fort Wayne native and Indianapolis Indians General Manager Randy Lewandowski was the event’s keynote speaker. Lewandowski has been with the Indians organization for 22 seasons.

Richard Brown was given the Colin Lister Award for exemplifying a profound and distinguished dedication to the game of baseball. Brown was a Federation League manager and is a 1972 graduate of North Side High School.

NewsChannel 15’s Sports Director Glenn Marini was given the Bob Parker Memorial Award for his promotion to the game of baseball.

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