Baseball Hall of Fame names 2014 class

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association has announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class, and the induction ceremony is planned for Friday as a part of the annual IHSBCA state clinic in Indianapolis. This year’s class is comprised of four high school coaches and a former professional player.

One honoree has local ties in Henry Ayres, the former coach at Chrisney and Heritage Hills high schools. Ayres coached 31 years at Chrisney, and upon consolidation in 1973, he continued at Heritage Hills where he was also the athletic director. He compiled a 473-201 career record with 21 conference titles, six sectional crowns and one regional championship. Ayres graduated in 1966 with a Master’s degree from Indiana University after graduating from Lewisport (Ky.) High School and Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Dave Bischoff is the lone active coach among the inductees. The New Haven coach has accumulated 533 career wins also with 10 sectional and three regional titles in 29 seasons. Bischoff has had 51 players advance to compete collegiately, with two going on to play pro ball. Among his former players, 22 have coached at the high school level and four have coached at the collegiate level. Bischoff, a 1975 Bellmont High School graduate, graduated in 1980 from IPFW after also playing baseball for the Mastodons.

Lou Giovanni is the former coach at Columbus East, where he led the Olympians to a 513-146 mark in his 23-year stay. He also served as head basketball coach at Columbus East and led both his baseball and basketball teams to the state finals. A graduate of Clinton High School and Indiana State University (where he played both basketball and baseball), Giovanni’s baseball teams won 20 or more games in 15 of his seasons. He also coached the South All-Star team in 1979. His baseball squads captured 14 sectionals, nine regionals and three semistate titles as well as eight conference championships. Nine times he was picked as the conference Coach of the Year.  

Gary DeHaven has served in the coaching profession for 42 years, with 37 being in the role of head coach. A native of Huntington, he spent four years at Hamilton High School, seven years at Kankakee Valley and the final 26 years at Benton Central. He compiled a 601-429 career record with 15 sectional titles, one regional crown and 12 conference championships. He was also named IHSBCA District Coach of the Year four times and conference Coach of the Year nine times. He coached three players who were drafted and sent numerous players to the collegiate level. Eight of his players were selected as Indiana All-Stars, and he has served as the All-Star coach.  

Rodney “Cool Breeze” Scott played five different positions and changed uniforms six times during an eight-year stint in the major leagues. A three-sport star at Indianapolis Arlington High School, Scott helped the Golden Knights to a city title in basketball and a sectional championship in baseball. He signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Vincennes University, but after the Kansas City Royals picked him in the 11th round in the 1972 draft, he decided on a baseball career. He spent four years in the minors, stealing 85 bases in 91 attempts in the 1974 season. In March 1977, the Expos swapped him to Texas.  Eleven days later, the Rangers swapped him to Oakland. He batted .261 for the A’s in his first full big-league campaign and finished sixth in the AL with 33 stolen bases.

Oakland traded Scott to the Cubs prior to the 1978 season. He divided the year between Chicago and Wichita, Kan. (American Association), averaging .282 in 78 games for the Cubs. He was on the move again that December when Chicago sent him to Montreal. For the next two years, he was the Expos’ everyday second baseman. He batted .238 in 1979 and .224 in 1980, when his 13 triples tied for the NL lead. In 1980, Scott stole 63 bases while Expos left fielder Ron LeFlore swiped 97 the same year for a combined total of 160 — a big-league record for teammates.

During the strike-shortened 1981 campaign, when Montreal lost to the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, Scott stole 30 bases in 95 games. He batted just .205, however, and in 1982 the Expos released him after 14 games; he finished his career playing in the minor-league systems of the Yankees and Expos. Scott stole 205 bases in 690 major league contests, and his nickname came from Kansas City teammate John Mayberry, who called him “Cool Breeze” for his unflappable outlook.

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