Mon-Clair Hall of Fame banquet is Nov. 27

Corey Blackwell pitches for the Waterloo Millers during the 2013 season.
Corey Blackwell pitches for the Waterloo Millers during the 2013 season.

The Mon-Clair League Hall of Fame and awards banquet will take place Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, at Turner Hall in Columbia, with three former Waterloo players among those to be inducted.

This year’s Hall of Fame class includes former Waterloo pitching ace Corey Blackwell, longtime Buds all-star Jeff Kaiser and player-umpire Dennis Frech.

The banquet will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by emailing or calling 618-719-6200.

Blackwell played for the Waterloo Buds-Millers and Sauget Wizards from 1997 to 2013, winning a total of six league ERA titles. A perennial all-star, Blackwell played on seven league championship teams and 12 divisional championship teams. He also won MVP honors at the Valmeyer Midsummer Classic in 2005.

Kaiser played for the Buds from 1984 to 2006, posting a .362 career average. He played on eight league championship teams and took part in 12 all-star games during his Mon-Clair career.

Frech played for the Buds and the Marissa Miners from 1972 to 1985, and was a member of five league championship teams. He posted a .302 career average.

Most notably, Frech has served 30 years as an umpire in the league, including several years as umpire administrator. Frech has worked several league all-star games and umpired 20 years at the Valmeyer Midsummer Classic. He has also served 17 years as an umpire in the Frontier League, including all-star games and playoffs as well as many national and state playoff tournaments.

Others to be inducted into the Mon-Clair League Hall of Fame are former Highland-Pierron Merchants standout Randy Manley (1980-87), former Shiloh-Belleville hitting star Rick Sieben (1970-78), and longtime league contributor Kent Weisenstein.

Among the list of award winners to be honored at the banquet includes 2016 Monroe Division ERA Leader Andrew Bicklein of the Valmeyer Lakers, who posted a 2.31 ERA this summer.

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