Wall of Fame Dinner Set for Oct. 22
    Casey McGehee is one of the 2009 Wall of Fame inductees.
    Casey McGehee is one of the 2009 Wall of Fame inductees.

    Oct. 9, 2009

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State baseball program will hold their annual Wall of Fame dinner on Oct. 22 at Pardini's. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. and a social hour will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 6:25 p.m.

    The Wall of Fame dinner will induct former baseball standouts and the 1950 baseball team into the Fresno State Baseball Wall of Fame. Head coach Mike Batesole will award the 2009 team awards at the event.

    "The Wall of Fame dinner is a great night for Bulldog baseball," said Batesole. "It is a chance to recognize past and present Bulldogs, who have achieved great things on and off the field. We are excited to honor this year's inductees, along with the 1950 team and the Buss Family for their meritorious contributions to our program."

    In 1959, Doepker beat the University of Washington to clinch Fresno State's first trip to the College World Series. He went on to win a pair of games on the big stage to propel the Bulldogs to a third place finish in Omaha.

    McGehee came to Fresno State in 2001. He immediately won a starting job in left field and had a solid .324 average with 50 RBI and 14 doubles. He had a 32-game hitting streak during his sophomore year and had a team-leading .367 average. McGehee was named first-team All-WAC and a Baseball Magazine All-American. McGehee was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He is currently playing with the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Pettyjohn threw 15 complete games during his sophomore and junior seasons and is seventh in career strikeouts with 222. He shutout teams like No. 1 Northridge, No. 10 Stanford and WAC rival Rice. Pettyjohn was drafted in 1998 in the second round by the Detroit Tigers.

    This year the Wall of Fame will honor the 1950 Bulldogs baseball team. This team finished the season with a 29-13 record and claimed the California Collegiate Athletic Association crown. Members of the pitching staff included Don Barnett, the late Jack Welton, the late Allen Cropsey, Tom Yost, Flip Darrow and Bill Baird shared mound duties.

     

     

    Also members of the 1950 team were outfielders Art Shahzade, Howie Zenimura, Galen Bowman and the late second baseman Franny Oneto. The rest of the infield was third baseman Don Curless, speedy first baseman Johnny Morse and utility infielder the late Marion Stephens.

    The late Ken Sachse was the backup first baseman and a strong pinch hitter and Clarence "Zip" Brown was a utility infielder. Catchers were the late Don Abbott and Don Notorangelo.

    Larry and Joyce Buss will be honored with the Wall of Fame Meritorious Service award. They joined the Dugout Club in 1982. Larry Buss was involved in the building of Beiden Field and putting up the fences. They have attended all the local regionals and others in Fullerton, San Diego and Long Beach.

    The Wall of Fame dinner began in 1991 and has inducted 100 players and coaches and six teams. The Wall of Fame has also retired eight jersey numbers and honored two coaches. Reservations for the event are $50 per seat or $500 for a table. Advance pay reservations are required and can be made by contacting Ron Schiller at (559) 297-8189.

    "We Are Your Team!" For more information on the Fresno State baseball team log on to gobulldogs.com.

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