Clintonville’s Mike Jirschele will be inducted to the Central Wisconsin Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 26. Jirschele is one of four individuals who will be honored as part of the 2011 class.
Jirschele spent 13 seasons in the minor leagues and is currently the manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers, the AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Joining Jirschele will be Craig Scheffler (Wausau), a former Wausau East baseball star who played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was drafted by the Dodgers and is currently an assistant baseball coach with Appalachian State University, Boone N.C.
Inductee Bill Helmuth (Merrill) is a former head baseball coach at Merrill High School (30 years), going to three state tournaments. He is also coach of the Merrill Post 46 American Legion team, a position he has served in for 20 years. Helmuth also played collegiately for UW- Oshkosh for four seasons.
Pam Gardner (Houston, Texas), is a DC Everest graduate who is President of Baseball operations for the Houston Astros and is listed as one of the top 20 Most Influential Women in sports.
The 9th Annual Central Wisconsin Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Dale’s Weston Lanes in Schofield. Tickets for the ceremony are on sale now. The night’s festivities begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and will include a silent auction, induction ceremonies, dinner and “hot stove” discussions. The evening’s sponsors are Midwest Professional Planners, LTD., Trig’s, Midwest Communications, and WAOW-TV 9.
Headlining the induction ceremony will be former Milwaukee Brewers and former Wisconsin Woodchucks Head Coach Jim Gantner, and former Brewers and current on air Fox Sports personality Jerry Augustine. They will be presenting an overview of the Milwaukee Brewers past and present.
In addition to the Brewer overview, Bill Farina, the author of the baseball books “The Baseball Writings of Eliot Asinof” will be present. Eliot Asinof, as it turned out, played baseball in Wausau for the Wausau Timberjacks which was a Phillies minor league affiliate in 1941. Asinof wrote the book about the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, “Eight Men Out”. The book was later made in to a popular and critically acclaimed movie starring John Cusack and D.B. Sweeney.
Tickets for this special event are $30 per person. To reserve a table or purchase individual tickets, call Jeff Widmer at the Woodchucks’ office at 715-845-5055, or visit the office located at 1110 East Wausau Avenue, 2nd floor.