2020 Riders Baseball Hall of Fame Class Announced
RIDERS BASEBALL TO INDUCT 5 MEMBERS INTO 2020 HALL OF FAME
Riders Head Coach Nate Perleberg is pleased to announce the 2020 Riders Hall of Fame class. “This year’s class has 5 very deserving and honorable members. This class is a great mix of great players, people, and members who have all made significant contributions to Gillette Post 42 Baseball.” It’s a great honor to be able to recognize past players and members who helped build the program into what it is today.” The 2020 Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, at 5:30 pm.
Chris McDonald (1988-1990) Chris played in the Riders program from 1988-1990. Chris played primarily 3B, C, and P, but was known for his versatility, playing almost every position on the field at some point. He joined the marines right after graduating his senior year. Along with being a great player, Chris was highly respected by his teammates for his character and work ethic.
Kenny Harmer – (1973-1975) Kenny played in the Riders program from 1973-1975. He was a 3-sport athlete in high school participating in football, track, and baseball. Kenny was known for his speed on the basepaths and in the outfield. Players recall that he was a guy that could steal any base and rarely struckout.
Leo Hinkel- Leo served on the Gillette Post 42 Legion Baseball Board from 2007-2016, including Board President for 3 years. The program had many notable events during his tenure including: Indoor Facility (2009), Turf Field (2013), Concession Stand (2014), Clubhouse (2016), as well as the program expanding from 2 teams to 5 teams. Hinkel’s contributions to these projects were instrumental. Hinkel has also coached at various levels in Gillette Baseball.
Randy Langdon- Randy has been involved in Gillette Baseball at all levels for many decades. He joined the American Legion Board in 1975 and was President from 2003-2006. He served numerous years on the Post 42 Legion Baseball board. He has coached at all levels from Tee ball to Legion, and today is an umpire in the Post 42 program. Randy has also donated a great deal of time and labor in remodeling many facilities at the ballpark, including the Umpire Room in 2019 and the Crowsnest in 2020.
Rich Lauer- (1978-1980) Rich played in the Riders program from 1978-1980. Rich was a power-hitting outfielder for the Roughriders. He was a 4 sport athlete in high school participating in baseball, football, swimming, and track. After high school he attended the University of Nebraska where he played some football and baseball.