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Class of 2009

(3 members)

 

Scott Jessop

 

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1984-1986

Highland Park High School

RHP/SS

Scott was one of the first players to play 3 full years for the Topeka Stars. 

 

Scott went on to Washburn University and became one of the most successful pitchers in Washburn history.  Scott pitched four years at Washburn (1986-1989) and now, over 20 years, later still holds an impressive array of Washburn records.  (listed below)  While at Washburn, Scott was named NAIA, all-District 10, 1st team in 1989.

 

Scott was the kind of player that coaches love.  He always gave one hundred percent on the field and showed a true love of the game.

 

Scott was the leader of a Stars team that contained future first round Detroit Tigers draft pick Jimmy Hayes and Ricky Dehart who went on to play with the Expos, Dodgers, and Royals, in the major leagues.

 

We are proud to induct Scott Jessop as the first member of the Topeka Stars Hall of Fame.

Washburn University

(Single Season)

 

1st Complete Games - 8

2nd Wins - 9

2nd Shutouts - 2

2nd Innings Pitched - 88.1

4th Strikeouts - 83

4th Games Started – 12

Washburn University

(Career)

 

3rd Career Shutouts - 2

5th Appearances - 47

6th Saves - 6

8th Opponents Ave. -.246

9th Wins - 14

12th Strikeouts – 138

 

Ricky DeHart

 

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#12

1985-1986

Seaman High School

LHP/OF

Ricky DeHart came from the same era as Scott Jessop, who was the first Topeka Star inducted into our Hall Of Fame.  Rick played for the Stars two years, from 1985 through 1986.

 

After leaving the Stars, Rick went on to play two years at Fort Scott Community College.  Rick finished his last two years at Washburn University where he was reunited with his former teammate, Scott Jessop.

 

Rick set numerous records in his two years with Washburn. (listed below)  Ricky was named an NAIA, All-American in 1990.  He also received District 10, 2nd team honors, while at Washburn.  Rick was named the Washburn University MVP in 1991.  Rick was inducted into the Washburn University Athletic Hall Of Fame in the fall of 2005.

 

Ricky was picked up by the Montreal Expos in 1992 and spent the next 5 years in the minor leagues.  He got called up, to the Major league club, on July 16, 1997 and played his first game with the Expos in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. 

 

Rick spent the next three years in the Major Leagues making 52 appearances before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  While with the Dodgers Rick developed arm problems and was released.

 

Rick was then picked up, on June 11, 1999, by the Hiroshima Toya Carp of the Japanese Central Professional League.  While playing in Japan, Rick caught the eye of the Kansas City Royals.  After fighting his way back through the minor leagues Rick was once again called up to play in the Major Leagues, with the Royals in 2003.  Rick made four appearances that year with the Royals.

 

In 15 years of professional baseball Rick amassed 663 strikeouts and had an overall record of 45-47. We are proud to induct Ricky DeHart as the second player in the Topeka Stars hall of fame.

Washburn University

(Single Season)

 

1st Strikeouts - 100

3rd Innings Pitched - 83.1

6th Shutouts - 1

7th Complete Games - 7

8th Games Started - 11

11th Strikeouts - 67

16th Strikeouts per game – 10.80

18th Appearances - 15

20th Wins – 6

Washburn University

(Career)

 

4th Strikeouts - 167

9th Shutouts - 1

9th Complete Games - 12

11th Strikeouts per game – 10.16

15th Innings Pitched - 148

19th Wins - 11

20th ERA - 2.74

22nd Walks per game - 3.04

 

Boomer Berry

 

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#17

1998-1999

Topeka West High School

Infielder

Boomer is the son of former major league gold glove player Ken Berry. 

 

Boomer led his teams to the Babe Ruth State tournament both years that he played.  The Stars finished second once and then won the tournament advancing to the Babe Ruth regional the other year. 

 

The 1998 team won the most games in a season, in Stars history, going 45-11.  During that season Boomer had the most at bats with 171, the most hits with 73, the most RBI’s with 52, and was second on the team in Batting Average at .427, second in On Base percentage at .586, second in doubles with 13, second in triples with 3. 

 

Defensively Boomer was a pleasure to watch.  He seemed to glide after balls in the outfield.  He would attack ground balls in the infield and snatch them right off the grass.   He had a smooth throwing motion and was very good at throwing on the run.  His baseball knowledge and instincts made him the natural leader of the team and he played most of his career, with the Stars, at shortstop. 

 

Boomer went on to play four years at Central Missouri State, playing on the National Championship team in 2003.  He was named 2nd team all MIAA that year. Central Missouri had a record of 208-38 during Boomers four years and won more than 50 games a year.   Boomer played and started almost every game during this stretch. He hit an amazing .380 for his career at Central Missouri and hit .400 during his sophomore season.  He was also named 1st team NIAA and an NCAA Division II All American in 2002. 

 

After college Boomer was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and played in the minors in 2004, 2005 before heading to the Can-Am league.  In the Can-Am League Boomer posted the seventh highest batting average.  He was still playing in this league, as of 2009.

 

We are proud to induct Boomer Berry, as the third member of the Topeka Stars Hall of Fame.

Central Missouri University

(Season)

 

1st hits in a game - 5

9th Assists – 156

Central Missouri University

(Career)

 

2nd Runs - 227

3rd Hits - 274

4th Assists - 426

7th Stolen Bases - 79

8th Doubles – 48

 

Class of 2010

(2 members)

 

Dan Rouse

 

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#4

1983-1984

Seaman High School

RHP/Inf/Catch

In the days when Daniel played, the American Legion program was very strong, in Topeka.  They had four well established, quality programs and they pretty much had their pick of available players.  The Stars, being the new kid on the block, had a difficult time recruiting against them.  Daniel was one of the first players, who were actively recruited by both the Stars and the Legion, to choose the Stars.   

 

Daniel was a three sport star at Seaman High School.  He lettered in wrestling, football, and baseball.  During the summer Daniel spent most of his time at Billard Park playing baseball.  It is difficult to say what was Daniel’s best position.  He was an outstanding catcher with a rocket arm and good footwork around the plate, a quality and fundamentally sound infielder with a quick release, and a strong armed pitcher who was able to challenge hitters with his live fastball.

 

Although the records from that era are not all available, it is know that Daniel hit 12 Home Runs during the 2004 season, which ranks as the second best in the Stars thirty three year history.  Daniel was once call Mr. Home run by the Topeka Capital Journal.  

 

Daniel came from a great and very supportive family who were always there to encourage him and his teammates.  Henry, Daniels father, had been a longtime coach in the Suburban league and was a valuable asset to the program.

 

We are proud to induct Daniel Rouse, as the fourth member of the Topeka Stars Hall of Fame.

 

Josh Workman

 

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2003-2004

Silverlake High School

RHP/Infielder

Josh was the leader of a team that was loaded with talent.  Shawn Joy went on to pitch at Southern Illinois and then played in the minor leagues with the New York Yankees organization.  Rob Musgrave went on the play with Josh at Wichita State and is now playing in the San Diego Padres minor league organization.  Justin Murray went on to pitch at Kansas State and is now in the Oakland A’s minor league organization.  Josh’s teams went 40-13 in 2003 and then followed that up with a 35-11 campaign in 2004.

 

Josh threw right handed but batted from the left side of the plate.  He may have been the fastest Stars player to date.  He had a sharp eye at the plate as very adept at bunting for a base hit.  He holds both the first and second spot in the Star’s record book for triples in a season, is tied for fifth in home runs for a season, and had 19 stolen bases in 2004.

 

Josh was also a very accomplished pitcher, but with his wheels, it was obvious that his future was in the field and not on the mound.  Josh had a 5-1 record, during the 2004 season, with the Stars and averaged 1.5 strikeouts per inning.

 

As a high school player, at Silver lake, Josh practically rewrote the offensive record book. 

    Single Season Batting Average - .710 (2004)

    Career Runs Scored – 162 (2001-2004)

    Single Season Runs Scored – 52 (2003)

    Career RBI’s – 146 (2001-2004)

    Career Home Runs – 38 (2001-2004)

    Career Triples – 13 (2001-2004)

 

At Wichita State, Josh earned a starting spot at second base as a Freshman by leading the team in hitting during the fall.  He was injured sliding into second base that spring and was plagued with arm problems the rest of that season.  Pitching Coach Brent Kemnitz once told coach Frank Magee, that Josh was such a good bunter that even when they knew he was going to bunt they still could not stop him most of the time.

 

Josh was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2007 major league draft and then again by the Detroit Tigers in the 2008 draft.  Josh signed with the Tigers and is currently playing Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Florida State league.  

 

We are proud to induct Josh Workman, as the fifth member of the Topeka Stars Hall of Fame.

 

 

Class of 2012

(1 members)

 

Justin Murray

 

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#24

2003-2004-2005

Manhattan High School

RHP/Infielder

Justin Murray played 3 years with the Stars both summer and fall and while not the first from Manhattan he was the first to make that type of commitment.  Justin Murray went on to pitch at Kansas State and was drafted by the Oakland A’s minor league organization.  Justin’s is the only Star player to amass 100 wins as a player going 100-56-2 during his 3 years as a Star.

 

Justin holds numerous Topeka Stars single season records and several Career records including 2nd in all time innings pitched with more than 174 innings during his stint here while 1st in career strikeouts with 172 amazing numbers at this level.

 

With his 90 MPH plus fastball in tow Justin went on to a successful college career at Kansas State University and was eventually drafted by the Oakland A’s in 2007 as one of 3 Stars players to all get drafted the same year (Josh Workman, Curtis Musgrave).

 

We are proud to induct Josh Workman, as the Sixth member of the Topeka Stars Hall of Fame.