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Hall of Fame Inductees

Granada Little League HOF Volunteers

2024- Dan O'Hara
2023 - Steve Wilde
2022 - Jason and Jamie Clouser
2020 - The Seely Family
2019 - Marc Sisto
2018 - Mike Trudeau - DeeDee French
2017 - Carol Stultz - Jim Geyer - Ken Gardener
2016 - The Tompkins Family
2015 - Scott Shortridge - Jeff Swadner
2014 - Paul Lux - Todd & Kim Reddick - Ken Cuy
2013 - Scott & Shannon Lutz - John & Michelle Benavidez
2012 - Bill Linney - Norm Burkhard
2011 - Bill Aboumrad
2010 - Dave Mantach
2009 - Steve Kauffman
2007 - Dick Nickerson
2006 - Mark Caress
2005 - The Lennon Family
2004 - Gayle Pawloski - Laura Kirby - Dan Dietrich
2003 - Steve & Cindy Stoddard
2001 - Dennis Hatch - JoAnn Motta-Owen
2000 - Patty & Sylvan Gentile
1999 - Rick Burruss
1998 - Jerry Sveen - Eric Carlson
1997 - Clark Abramson - Bill Geyer
1996 - Bob Grant - Sam Rapp - John Rapp
1995 - Don Doyle - Larry Faltings - Dennis & Donna Mapes
1994 - Jack Trudeau - Craig Johnson - Ken La Ray - Fred Geiger - Don Aguiar

Letter from Craig Johnson

Granada little League Hall of Fame - 

In 2014, Kathleen Minser asked if I could relate some stories about the early-on HOF inductees and some knowledge of the league's earlier years. I attempted to contact nineteen inductees dating from the initial class of 1994 through the 2001 class (I did not know Patty & Sylvan Gentile, class of 2000, so they are not included) with good success.

Unfortunately I discovered that seven are deceased (as of this submission date I have six of their histo- ry's with the league as related by the surviving family) and one person, Rick Burruss cannot be located. Jerry Sveen, a retired Lt. Commander in the Navy and engineer at the Livermore Laboratory, died recently and his children have not been located.

You will read of financial problems and facility conditions that could not and would not be acceptable today. You will read of two deaths on our fields but just one of them baseball related. You will shudder

at early field playing conditions with just a few volunteers to help. You will want to thank Craig Craw- ford

for years of taking down and putting up fences. There are unsung teenage heroes like Brian Geiger, Kenny LaRay and David Johnson who spent as many weekend hours getting the fields playable as did their fathers. You might notice that names from LARPD such as Steve Goodman and Jerry lngledue are missing but the facility would not be there today with their assistance and support. Even Ben Green (PE teacher at Mendenhall) helped work through school district concerns for us.

There are still many untold stories of those first years i.e. Eagle Scout badges earned and a wedding;

MLB Cy Young award winners Mark Davis attending Granada High School but playing for LNLL and Randy Johnson attending Livermore High School and playing one year at GLL. I will continue to search for Livermore people who can add their knowledge to this initial publication. Hopefully there will be a volume II?

The sponsors of GLL's first year of play in 1967 were identified by The Independent Newspaper's sum- mary of games in May & June, 1967. Sponsors were: Hacienda Hospital,Team Shop,Pyburns, Diamond National, Tarin Brothers, Jerry's 76, Montgomery Ward, Patterson Glass, Holiday Shopper, Control Data, Sandia Juniors, Daily Chevrolet, Mason Associates, W Root Beer, Guarantee Savings and Firestone Savings Center.

Craig Johnson, HOF Class 1994

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