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Annual Mon-Clair Baseball League banquet and Hall of Fame induction set for Saturday

The annual Mon-Clair Baseball League Awards Night and Hall of Fame banquet is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Millstadt VFW.

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year are players Brad Barton, Craig Hoffman, Fred Weil, Bob Wenneman and umpire-administrator Fred Renollet.

Tickets are $11 and reservations can be made by calling Jared Mueth at 618-719-4359. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar, dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. with beer and soda provided.

Barton was a standout pitcher and hitter for highly successful Belleville teams in the 1980s. He was a nine-time all-star at two positions and was voted team Most Valuable Player three times, including Belleville's 1982 league championship season.

Barton had a .350 career average and led the team in homers and RBIs five straight years. His pitching record was 56-23 with a 3.00 ERA.

Hoffman played all 19 Mon-Clair seasons with the Valmeyer Lakers (1982 to 2000). The six-time all-star compiled a .346 lifetime average in 464 games, including 450 hits. His .510 average was the second-highest in the league in 1996 and he finished his career weith 85 home runs and more than 500 RBIs.

He helped the Lakers win the 1991 Mon-Clair League championship and the 1999 Valmeyer Mid-Summer Classic, also serving as player-manager for two years and a coach for five years.

Renollet, who died in 2014, umpired for 33 years and scheduled officials for Mon-Clair games. In his final season of umpiring, he worked 279 games at age 79.

A Trenton native, Weil pitched and played infield and outfield for St. Clair County and Clinton County. He turned down a signing bonus of $2,500 from the Chicago Cubs as a 17-year-old so he could keep working on his family's farm.

Weil was a two-time all-star and once hit .470, always hitting for power as well. He had 17 strikeouts against Aviston in the 1965 Clinton County League championship game.

Wenneman played his entire 20-year career with St. Libory in the St Clair County League. He was the County League batting champ in 1962, when he hit .454, and was a six-time all-star.

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