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Puget Sound Senior Baseball League Announces HOF Class of 2017

 

By Tom Evans Krause, Puget Sound League President

A very special Puget Sound Senior Baseball League event took place Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Safeco Field prior to the Seattle Mariners win over the Los Angeles Angels. The PSSBL Hall of Fame, established in 2011, is a special honor for players who have demonstrated achievement on the field, in administration, or both.  Six PSSBL players comprise the Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

The Puget Sound Senior Baseball League was founded in 1989.  Of the several thousands of players who have donned PSSBL uniforms over 28 seasons, only 38 have been honored with Hall of Fame credentials prior to the announcement of the 2017 class. Congratulations to all six new members of "The Hall", who were celebrated at a well-attended event at Safeco Field.  The 2017 inductees are profiled below:

Gabe Orendorff - SS, P & 3B. Nicknamed "Legend". Over his 14-year career amassed a .417 AVG, .504 OBP & 1.199 OPS. 213 of his 538 career hits went for extra bases with 57 of those being HR’s.

John Olsen – Catcher. 16 PSSBL seasons. One of the best catchers in PSSBL history.  Outstanding hitter and an even better defender who calls a great game. Multiple Division titles playing for the PSSBL Mariners and Orioles; 2 MSBL World Series rings.

Michael Collier – SS, OF, P, 1B.  13 PSSBL seasons; 10 years as GM; Top tier defender and hitter; 4 Title Games; 2 PSSBL Division Championships   

John Brandhagen – OF, P.  16 PSSBL seasons.   6 PSSBL Divisions Championships; two time MSBL World Series Champion: 2007 & 2008; 800+ Career Stolen Bases and 8 Batting Titles.

Curtis Vinson - Played 25 years from 1989-2014; All Star Catcher and Centerfielder; served 5 years on the MSBL National Board of Directors, served in various capacities in the PSSBL: League President, League Treasurer, Division Commissioner and GM.

Tom Evans Krause – 1B.  22 seasons in the PSSBL; 15 Seasons as GM; 22 Divisional & National Championship Title Games; 10 PSSBL Division Championships; 3 National World Series Titles; 44 Consecutive Regular Season Game Errorless Streak spanning 2002-2003 PSSBL seasons; PSSBL Player Agent 2000-2005; PSSBL President 2006-present; Longest-serving Board Member in PSSBL history – 18 consecutive years; MSBL National Hall of Fame – 2012; MSBL National Lifetime Achievement Award – 2016

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