PICTURE: From left, Greg Kallevig, Dorothy Anderson, wife of the late Howard Tucker, and Ronald Tucker, receive certificates honoring Kallevig’s and the Tuckers’ induction into the West Central Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, March 6, at the Kandiyohi Historical Society. Photo by Gregory Harp.

Willmar Kiwanis, along with the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, co-hosted the induction of three outstanding baseball players into the West Central Baseball Hall of Fame. This was the fourth year of induction since the inauguration of the Hall in 2014.   A large crowd gathered at the Historical Society, was treated to a delicious turkey dinner, and then within the context of the Kiwanis meeting celebrated the induction of Greg Kallevig, drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1985; Ronald Tucker, drafted by the Boston Braves in 1947; and his brother Howard Tucker, drafted by the New York Giants in 1946. Marc Jerzak, co-owner of the Willmar Stingers, also gave us a nice update on our highly successful Stinger baseball team and new renovations to the ballpark. The Stingers also play a key role in helping to select the hall-of-famers. Many thanks go to the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and the Willmar Stingers for initiating the Hall of Fame and for their invitation to Willmar Kiwanis to help host the event.