Old-timers to be inducted in Omaha

Tonight, the Omaha Old-timers Baseball Association’s inducts their newest members. Here is the list.

  • Tom Hanafan: The current mayor of Council Bluffs, he played four sports in high school. . . . He’s a high school football and basketball official. . . . In 1996, he was toasted as the 63rd Face on the Barroom Floor at the Omaha Press Club.
  • Lynn Hooten: A first baseman and pitcher at Omaha North High School, he also played football. . . . Went on to Omaha University, where he was a four-year letterman and also played football. . . . Played semi-pro ball in the Cornhusker League and the Pioneer Night League.
  • Dean Johnson: An All-City catcher at Omaha Tech High School in 1952 and 1953, he played at Omaha University and was signed by the St. Joseph Cardinals in 1953. . . . Also played for the Paducah Cardinals in 1954. . . . After teaching and serving as an assistant principal in the Omaha Public Schools system, he and his wife, Rosemary started DRM, Inc., a franchisee of Arby’s Restaurants.
  • Red McManus: Best known as head basketball coach at Creighton University from 1959 to 1969, he also played shortstop at St. Ambrose College. . . . Also played professionally in the Dodger farm system. . . . Owned a tuxedo shop for 20 years.
  • Bob Moscrey: A three-sport standout at Omaha North High, he went on to Omaha University, where he lettered all four years in basketball. . . Played minor league baseball with the Redding Indians. . . . Was a teacher and coach at Ralston and Omaha Westside.
  • Bob Offerjost: A former American Legion and high school standout, he played semi-pro ball in Iowa after attending Omaha University. . . . He was a teammate of John Blanchard, who went on to play for the New York Yankees. . . . Lists among his highlights a home run off Rex Barney.
  • Gregg Olson: After a stellar career at Omaha Northwest High School, the right-hand pitcher was a two-time All-American at Auburn University. . . . A first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, he had a 14-year major league baseball career that included 217 saves. . . . Inducted into the 2008 Orioles Hall of Fame.
  • Chuck Shimerdla: A member of the Pepsi American Legion team from 1959 to ’63, he starred at Omaha Bishop Ryan High School in baseball and basketball. . . . Was offered a scholarship to Omaha University but signed with the St. Louis Cardinals instead.
  • Pat Venditte: The father of Creighton University pitcher Pat Venditte, he was a catcher at Omaha Cathedral High School and played at Peru State College. . . . Caught in Omaha’s All-America League and played fast-pitch softball. . . . Was a batboy for the Omaha Cardinals in the mid-1950s.
  • The Danze family: Nick Danze was a standout in baseball and football at Wayne State College and later was a five-time Nebraska baseball coach of the year. . . . Mike Danze played football at Omaha University, where his teammates included Marlin Briscoe and Ron Sayers. . . . BJ Danze starred at Omaha Rummel High School and played in the All-American League in the 1970s. . . . Tim Danze pitched for the University of Missouri