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Ron DeGrand

Batting .300 is a goal for most baseball players. For Ron DeGrand it was routine. In high school, college and amateur league, DeGrand was always a consistent .300 plus hitter. At Kent, DeGrand lettered three years for Hall of Fame coach Dick "Moose" Paskert. However, it wasn't until his senior season in 1972 that DeGrand finally earned the respect from the Mid-American Conference (MAC). That senior campaign, DeGrand, an outfielder, hit for a .324 average and slugged eight home runs. His play got him voted first team All-MAC. DeGrand played briefly in the Cleveland Indians farm system after college. He went on to become a top player in the Greater Akron AA League, almost always finishing among the batting and runs batted in. DeGrand was an all-star in Cleveland Class A League and in the Akron AA League where he helped Akron Insulating capture the League Championship in 1975. DeGrand thought he had retired from baseball in 1977, but in 1991 he got the call from a couple of his old teammates and low and behold he was back at it again. Playing for the Akron Blues in Akron Senior League, DeGrand has helped his team go 19-0 in both '91 and '92, to win the League titles, and 12-2 this past summer.

Inducted 1993 | Baseball