Schaly honored: Late MC baseball skipper inducted into HOF
The impact that legendary Marietta College baseball coach Don Schaly had on the sport during his life is no secret to the local community.
Now, Schaly’s contributions to the game are nationally recognized as he was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday in Lubbock, Tx.
“It’s a validation of what people in the (Marietta) area have known for years,” said Schaly’s youngest son Jeff, Marietta College’s Sports Information Director. “He was always at the top of his game.”
Schaly was joined in the 2013 class by Sal Bando (Arizona St.), Ralph Garr (Grambling), Tino Martinez (Tampa), Roy Smalley (USC), Tom Borland (Oklahoma St.) and John Winkin (Colby College).
It is the eighth class to be inducted into the hall, which was formed in 2004 and featured its inaugural class in 2006.
In 40 years as the head coach of the Etta Express, Schaly won 1,442 games, three Division III National Championships, 27 OAC Championships, was a four-time National Coach of the Year and helped develop 39 players who eventually competed professionally.
The first Division III coach to be inducted into the hall, Schaly shattered the mold for how D3 baseball had always been perceived, as nothing more than a recreational sport, and turned the Pioneers into a perennial powerhouse. He helped provide the foundation for his successor Brian Brewer, who has guided the Pios to three more National Championships since Schaly retired in 2003.
In attendance for Schaly’s induction was his wife Sue, his sons John, Jim, Joe and Jeff and four of his six grandchildren.
John Schaly, Don’s oldest son, accepted the honor on behalf of his late father.
“He built a great legacy and that will be something to remember for many years to come and as a family we’re very proud of everything he did,” John said during the induction.
Jeff Schaly said his father’s reaction to receiving the honor would have been the same as it was to all of the other awards he collected in his career.
“He would have given all the credit to his players, staff, Marietta College and the community,” Jeff said. “He always surrounded himself with good people.”
The Schaly family was in Lubbock from Friday through Sunday to take part in the festivities.
“It was very nice. The whole family made the trip,” Jeff said.
“It was a very fun event.”
Currently the College Baseball Hall of Fame is in conjunction with Southwest Collection on the campus of Texas Tech University, but is in the process of planning and developing a new building.
No matter what changes the hall goes through, however, Don Schaly’s legend will always be alive within it.