Mon-Clair League adds five new Hall of Famers

News-DemocratOctober 31, 2013 

The Mon-Clair Baseball League will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame at its annual Hall of Fame Banquet 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Millstadt VFW.

Tickets are $15 each and can be obtained by calling Syl "Tuffy" Mueth at 476-9179.

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame are Jay Davis, Steve Hausmann, Harold Mathews, Al Karban and longtime league officer Rich "Fish" Fisher.

Davis was manager of the St. Louis Spikes and is being inducted posthumously. He founded the club in 2002 and served as Spikes manager for 11 years, including their move to the Mon-Clair League in 2004.

The Spikes won their first league playoff championship in 2008 and were second to Fairview Heights in 2012. They also won four St. Clair Division championships (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) and won the Valmeyer Mid-Summer Classic in 2007 and 2011.

Davis was also a three-time Manager of the Year award winner. He died in an automobile accident Oct. 26, 2012 in Goodyear, Ariz.

Hausmann played for Belleville and is a McKendree University graduate whose nickname was "House Cat." Hausmann won Mon-Clair batting titles in 1981 and 1982 and was a four-time all-star while playing for Belleville in the 1980s.

He helped Belleville win Valmeyer Mid-Summer Classic titles in 1981 and 1982 and he won batting championships in each of his first two years in the league.

Hausmann works for Wells Fargo and lives in Waterloo.

Mathews was a longtime player and manager for Columbia, who also was an area umpire during his 24-year association with the Mon-Clair League.

He began playing for Columbia as a 15-year high school freshman in 1955. His career included five All-Star Game appearances and also a league championship in 1963.

He was Columbia's player-manager fro 1966 to 1974 before moving into the umpiring ranks with the league from 1980 to 1985.

Mathews is the third brother in his family inducted into the Mon-Clair Hall of Fame, joining Nelson Mathews (1986) and Ralph Mathews (2003). Harold Mathews lives in Columbia and is retired.

They become the second family with three members in the Mon-Clair Hall of Fame, joining Allyn Rohlfing, Ron Rohlfing and Wayne Rohlfing.

"Tater" Karban was a seven-time All-Star selection while playing for Millstadt VFW. He helped lead Millstadt VFW to Valmeyer Mid-Summer Classic championships in 1972, 1977 and 1979. His teams also won four division championships.

Karban was a center fielder and also played infield during a 13-year career with Millstadt that stretched from 1970 to 1983. He finished with a .311 career batting average.

Karban lives in Belleville and works for Grey Eagle Distributors.

Fisher began his Mon-Clair tenure as the league's schedule maker and organizer from 2000 to 2012 and also was a league officer as a vice president. He also had a background as the longtime coach of the Waterloo American Legion Post 747 Bombers from 1995-2010.

He currently serves as the general manager of the Waterloo Millers and lives in Waterloo.

In other news from the Mon-Clair League, the league will add a team in O'Fallon for the 2014 season.

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