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West Central Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2020 Inductees

 

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is proud to announce the Class of 2020 inductees into the West Central Minnesota Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include:

Quinten “Lefty” Hoien (Litchfield, MN) After graduating from Twin Valley High School in 1952, Quinten went on to play baseball for Eastern Arizona College and Colorado State College. He participated in the College World Series in 1955. Quinten played amateur baseball for 25 years with the Belgrade Redmen and Dassel-Cokato Saints where he played in five state baseball tournaments. Quinten coached high school and Legion baseball for a number of years. He received the R.M. Farrish Award for American Legion baseball. He was inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Harlen “Butch” Steen (Raymond, MN) Harlen played high school baseball with Browns Valley High School. He also played Legion baseball with Browns Valley and New Effington, SD from ages 16-18. Harlen played one year at SDSU. From 1962-64, he played amateur baseball for New Effington. He played with the Browns Valley Bombers from 1965-1986. Harlen missed three years playing baseball lo- cally while serving in the Army. He pitched a perfect game for the Browns Valley Bombers in 1975. Har- len has pitched in six decades. Harlen is responsible for restarting the baseball program for the town of Raymond. He coached and played for the Raymond Rockets from 1989 to the present. He coached them to 12 MN State Tournaments and won the state championship in 2016. Harlen was involved in upgrading the Raymond Baseball Field. Harlen is a member of the Raymond Rocket Hall of Fame and was involved in getting that program started in 2002.
Rudy Vigil (Willmar, MN) Rudy began is his career in 1970 playing for Willmar’s Tee-League. Rudy played for Willmar High School, Willmar VFW, Willmar Legion, and Willmar Rails baseball from 1978-1981. Rudy played for two years at the Willmar Community College. In 1984 Rudy was recruited to play first base for the University of Minnesota. In 1985, Rudy returned to Willmar and continued to play town team baseball. He played for the New London Spicer Twins, Raymond Rockets, and Atwater Chuckers from 1979-1999. Rudy is known for hitting. During the years of 1988 & 1991, Rudy batted .434 and .442 and had 103 runs batted in and hit 28 home runs.

The West Central Minnesota Hall of Fame Class of 2020 induction will be held in early 2020. For more information regarding the induction event, or the West Central Hall of Fame, please contact Jill Wohnoutka with the Kandiyohi County Historical Society at (320) 235-1881 or director@kandiyohicountyhistory.com