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QC Sports Hall of Fame comes to Modern Woodmen Park

Quad Cities River BanditsWe’re seeing more of this across MiLB ballparks: the Quad Cities Sports Hall of Fame now has a permanent home at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League).

The QC Sports Hall of Fame was established 28 years ago, but it’s never had a permanent home. With the help of Main Street Baseball‘s Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt, the hall’s 93 plaques were installed in the ballpark’s suite level. From the Quad-Cities Times:

“This is something a lot of us have waited a very long time for,” said Quad-City Times Sports Editor Don Doxsie during a ceremony to dedicate the hall, complete with a traditional ribbon-cutting.

Bill Freese, a 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, was a minor league pitcher with the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Athletics and Kansas City Athletics clubs in the 1940s and 1950s.

Given his career, Freese especially appreciated the venue.

“It’s in a baseball stadium,” he said with a smile. “We’re all very grateful. These are very happy times.”

This season also saw the Lansing Lugnuts (Low Class A; Midwest League) launch the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooley Law School Stadium.

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