Four men will be inducted into the SD Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame

Four men will be inducted into the SD Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame
Dave Mydland of Sioux Falls, Tom Schlimgen of Scotland, Kirk Sorensen of Vermillion and Iowa Larry McKenney – currently the assistant general manager of the Sioux Falls Canaries – will be inducted into the SD Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the VFW Hall in Sioux Falls.

The day's events start with a social at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m. and the induction ceremonies. The VFW Hall is located at the corner of South Minnesota Avenue and I-229.

For ticket information, contact Sperling Insurance at 334-7350.


Larry McKenney

McKenney started his amateur career in 1958 playing for the Alvord, IA town team as a shortstop before being picked up to play shortstop for the 1960 and 1961 Larchwood, IA town team after the American Legion season was completed.

Entering the Army in 1962, he played Army baseball for the 3rd Infantry Division before returning home in 1965, where he rejoined the Larchwood team. Over the course of the next 20 years, he played in state tournaments for Larchwood, Madison, Renner and Canova.

McKenney was a member of the 1971 Canova state championship team and a member of the Larchwood state runner-up teams in 1970 and 1978. Larry hit over .400 in state tournament games.

McKenney also was a member of South Dakota men's senior baseball champions in 1992, 1995 and 1996. He was elected to the Sioux Falls Canaries Hall of Fame last year and was the chief promoter in hosting the 75th State Amateur Baseball Tournament at the Birdcage this summer.

Dave Mydland

Amateur baseball has been a way of life for Mydland for the past 36 summers. He began his amateur career in 1971, the same year he started his college career at South Dakota State.

In 1974, Mydland was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and played a stretch in

Elizabethton, TN. He has played amateur baseball for Canton, Riverside Supply, Brookings, Renner Monarchs, Renner Old Milwaukee and

Renner-Newcastle.

Mydland was a member of the 1973 North Central Conference championship team

and four South Dakota State Amateur championship teams. Dave is also credited with being the "founding father" of men's senior baseball in South Dakota and played on the 1988 Men's Senior Baseball (MSBL) World Series champions and two MSBL runner-up teams. He also has played on two semifinal teams in Roy Hobbs Senior Baseball.

"Mydie" has appeared in 29 state tournaments and 16 men's senior World Series. He has accumulated a lifetime batting average of .385 with 244 homeruns in more than 1,350 amateur baseball games.

Tom Schlimgen

Schlimgen has played amateur baseball for 40 years – Dimock (1968-78), Scotland (1979-2003) and the Renner-Newcastle 38-and-over team (2004-07).

Schlimgen has made 14 trips to Men's Senior Baseball national tournaments – 11 times to Phoenix and three times to Fort Myers and was a member of two national championship teams. "Schlimmy" has participated in over 35 state amateur tournaments as an infielder and pitcher.

Amateur baseball has been a family affair for the Schlimgen family. His father, Lefty, is also a member of the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Schlimgen has been a teener and amateur baseball commissioner, has coached two state championship VFW baseball teams and two state champion American Legion teams in Scotland. Tom is currently a teacher and boys' basketball coach in Scotland.

Kirk Sorensen

Kirk started playing amateur baseball for the Vermillion Red Sox as an American Legion pickup player in 1970 after his last year of high school. He was a player-manager in the 1970s and 80s and is currently the manager for the Red Sox.

With more than 35 years as a player-manager, Sorensen's teams have reached the State Amateur Baseball Tournament, including 22 years as a player.

Sorensen has been named District Manager of the Year five times. The Red Sox have 18 league, 12 Class B District and one Class A District

championships

"Sorny" has served as an amateur baseball commissioner since 1988. He has devoted a great deal of time keeping baseball alive in the State Line League. He works diligently throughout the year in starting and maintaining teams in the southeast corner of South Dakota.

Under Sorensen's leadership, the Vermillion Red Sox won back-to-back State B amateur baseball titles in 2003 and 2004 and finished second in 1992 and 1996.

The Red Sox moved to Class A in 2005 and won their first Class A state championship in 2006.

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