Inductees LEGENDARY Manual baseball coach Ed Stonebock, who won his first state high school title with his unbeaten 1950 team, won No. 2 in 1965 with a team that started the season with 14 straight wins before bowing.
Led by outstanding pitcher and hitter Al Smith, who went on to an outstanding Bradley and professional basketball career, Manual moved into the state finals with a 19-3 record and then whipped Chicago Lane Tech 3-0, Decatur MacArthur 9-I and Arlington Heights St. Viator 4-2 to win its state title.
Smith pitched Game 1, a 12-inning affair; Tom Casidy hurled the Rams to their semi-final win and Tim Marks, who had pitched just 17 innings all season, halted St. Viator in the title game on just three hits. The three held the opposition to an .098 bat mark.
Smith was the tournament's most valuable player and with Marks made the all-tourney team. Smith, Marks, Cassidy and Bob Nelson won all-conference honors.
For the season Smith led the team in home runs (3), RBls (23), hits (33) and runs (28). He hit .493 and was 8-1 on the mound. Marks batted .438 with 21 RBIs and 8 triples. Jim Anderson hit .360; Nelson, later to coach the Rams, batted .347 with nine doubles; and Larry Davis had 20 RBIs with six triples.
ON THE ROAD TO STATE
Spring. Lanphier 3
Chi. Lane Tech 0
Dec. MacArthur 1
St. Viator 2
LEGENDARY Manual baseball coach Ed Stonebock, who won his first state high school title with his unbeaten 1950 team, won No. 2 in 1965 with a team that started the season with 14 straight wins before bowing.
Ron started his career in sports at Bartonville Grade School where he led the basketball team to the State Title in 1951. He excelled in sports at Limestone High School earning letters in 3 sports. His senior year, he played every down of the Limestone football season, led the basketball team in scoring and pitched the baseball team to the 1956 IHSA State Tournament.