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LETTER: Family of hall-of-fame inductee pleased

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Greetings from northern Indiana. My sister, Kathleen Liddy (Kramer), was born in 1959 in Tell City and I was born in 1960 in Tell City. Both of us enjoyed a recent weekend in Tell City. Kath lives in Forth Wayne and I live in Kendallville.

We attended the Tell City High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Feb. 16 to honor our father, Norman Kramer, a 2013 class inductee.

We would personally like to thank Dr. Gene Ress, TCHS Athletic Director Ryan George, Larry Goffinet of the Perry County News and Principal Brad Ramsey. Our cousin, Paul Kramer of Cincinnati, who attended Tell City schools through third grade, also was in attendance. The hospitality shown to us was first class – and we beat North Posey!

It was good to visit the town and have a reception dinner at the Post restaurant. Norm would have been honored to be selected to this Hall of Fame.

I congratulate the other two inductees, Jack Fischer and Mike Spencer, whose sports resumes are impressive. Dr. Ress was a great master of ceremonies. Thank you for remembering Norm, a 1942 Tell City High School graduate.

He coached at TCHS from 1956 to 1960 winning two back-to-back regional titles in basketball.

He graduated from Butler University in 1952 and played basketball for Tony Hinkle. After World War II, the ex-Marine signed a pro-baseball contract with the St. Louis Browns.

He spent six years as a minor-league pitcher. The minor-league record books listed him as 5-foot, 10 inches and 170 pounds. He played in Paris, Texas; Lincoln, Neb.; Terre Haute; Madisonville, Ky., and the North Carolina communities of Durham and New Bern, among others.

He is a member of the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in Jasper at the Vincennes University campus.

He scouted for the Phillies from 1961-1994 signing four major leaguers. He also coached high-school basketball at Deckerts and Bruceville High School in Knox City prior to coming to Tell City. After leaving Tell City, he coached at the Shelbyville-Southern High School from 1960 to 65. In 1966 he moved to Fort Wayne and retired from Fort Wayne Snider High School in 1984.

Norm loved Tell City and we visited often as his parents remained there long after he left here in 1960.

We enjoyed this historic visit to Tell City and thoroughly experience many emotions visiting our hometown. Thank you for remembering our father, one of Tell City’s finest. God bless and go Marksmen!

STEVE KRAMER
Kendallville