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Roger Begue

He is a throwback to the early days of baseball when players were durable and earned the moniker "iron men." However, in contrast Roger Begue, a right-handed pitcher who throws somewhere between sidearm and submarine-style, has had longevity as well. This past year was his 34th consecutive season of playing "America's Game." At Waterloo High School he was a three-time MVP and a charter member of its hall of fame in 1991. He played two seasons at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, OH and then turned down a chance to play at Ohio State to sign a free agent contract in 1978 with the Kansas City Royals. Later he was with the Detroit Tigers and the New York Mets organizations. His best year was in 1980 when he posted a 10-1 record in the South Atlantic League. "I gave it (pro ball) my best shot, had good numbers in my five seasons, but never got the break to get me above Class A ball," Begue said. The Akron native returned to the area in 1983 to find tremendous success in amateur ball. His pitching paced the Field Falcons of the Greater Akron AA League to the Ohio American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) titles in '83 and '84 and the same championships for Dr. Ferguson of the Canton A League in '85 and '86. The 1998-2003 years became banner seasons for Begue when he pitched the Canton Stallions to the AABC titles in Ohio all six years, the Regional in all but 2000 and the national AABC championship in '98, a first for the Akron-Canton area, and a second place finish in '03. In '98 he was voted MVP while going 4-0 as the Akron A's captured the Roy Hobbs (30 and over) AAA World Series title in Ft. Myers, FL. At the Ohio AABC in '99 Begue was 3-0, pitching 24 innings in four days to earn the MVP award, and with three days rest, pitched 31 1/3 innings in three days for another MVP award in the Regional. He was 4-0 as the A's won the 2001 Hobbs AAAA title. The 46-year old Begue, a league all-star for 19 of 21 seasons, has accumulated 230 amateur victories.

Inducted 2003 | Baseball