Five former standouts will be inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame during a banquet scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6 at Flandreau.
Jay Bentz of Dell Rapids, Dan Stier of Mina, Keith Gall of Redfield, Rick Weber of Flandreau and Roger Merriam of Watertown are the new inductees for 2019.
The inductees will also be honored on Saturday, Aug. 10 during semifinal day at the state Amateur Baseball tournament in Mitchell.
The Oct. 6 banquet will be held at the William Janklow Community Center in Flandreau, starting at 4 p.m. with a social hour, a meal at 5 p.m. and the banquet. Ticket information for the banquet will be released at a later date.
Rick Weber bio
Weber’s name is plastered all over the all-time regular season and state tournament record book after an illustrious 33-year amateur baseball career as a pitcher and infielder for his hometown Salem, and then Flandreau.
Weber played in 31 state tournaments, first as a Legion pickup for Salem’s 1982 state championship team and then a 30-year streak of state-tournament appearances with Salem (1984-91) and Flandreau (1992-2013).
The hard-throwing right hander compiled a 171-30 career record on the mound that included three regular-season no-hitters (1985 for Salem and 1994 and 1995 for Flandreau) and a five-inning no-no in the 1985 state tournament.
He had season record of 14-0 in 1986, 13-0 in 1995, 12-0 in 1987, 11-0 in 1993 and 12-1 in 1991 and compiled two lengthy winning streaks — 30 games from 1986-88 with Salem and 25 games from 1995-97 with Flandreau. He also pitched 16 innings in one game, recorded eight consecutive strikeouts in another and pitched both ends of a doubleheader (14 innings).
Weber also was a dangerous hitter — compiling a career batting average above .400 with 186 home runs. In his final season at age 48, he batted .415 and also took pride in making contact. In 2000, he didn’t strike out in the entire season that covered more than 100 at-bats. Weber smacked three homers in one game in 1994 and drove in 10 runs in another game in 1993.
He finished his career with 12 homers in state-tournament play and won the state-tournament batting championship in 2000.
Weber played at South Dakota State from 1983-87, playing every position but catcher and first base, and batted .407 as a senior shortstop. He was fortunate in his amateur career with play with his two sons, three brothers, four brothers-in-law and three nephews.
Weber is the superintendent at Flandreau Public Schools.