ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Now is a great time to nominate individuals for the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, says executive director Bob Karn.
“The first thing you have to do is nominate someone,” said Bob Karn, when asked how a person gets into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. After a person is nominated, the selection committee reviews the nomination, letters of support and makes the final decision. According to the bylaws the Hall of Fame may induct from four to six people per year.
The Hall of Fame started in 1962—this is the 50th year anniversary—and the museum in St. Cloud opened in 1991. The whole thing was started by Glenn Carlson and Sports Inc. Karn has been the executive director for the Hall of Fame since 1998.
“The Hall of Fame is honoring people who have made a significant contribution to amateur baseball. It doesn’t have any criteria that says the inductees have to be players,” says Karn. “It’s contribution to amateur baseball, and if it weren’t for a couple of people in a lot of communities baseball wouldn’t exist.”
“We’re really encouraging people to look in their communities, look at the people and say ‘he or she has done a lot for baseball, how can I get him in,” said Karn. “We have nomination forms that you can find on our website: (http://www.mnamateurbaseballhof.com/). You can send a letter of request to Bob Karn, 541 Brook Lane, St. Cloud, MN 56301 or call me at 320-252-8227. I will send you a nomination form, but nobody will be considered unless they are nominated in an official form. After that we would encourage people to have letters of recommendation written, in fact the more letters and things the better.”
It all starts with a person or group that says, ‘this person deserves it.’ The next step is to put together a fact sheet on your nominee that lists major accomplishments and send it out to as many people as possible. Ask them to write letters and recommendations, collect them and send them to the Hall of Fame for consideration.
“There are eight people on the nomination committee now. The deadline for nomination forms is July 1st, but we encourage people to start now, because it takes awhile. We consider everybody who is nominated. It does require a number of people to support an individual,” said Karn.
The City of St. Cloud hosts the museum in their newly renovated St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center. It is a beautiful new section on the second floor with numerous displays and showcases throughout building. Now is the time to nominate a deserving individual for the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.