HALL OF FAME

New Carlisle boasts one of the richest Wiffle®Ball traditions in the country with the illustrious histories of The Wiffle®Ball Championship and Old Republic Wiffle®Ball League. Established in 2020, the New Carlisle Wiffle®Ball Hall of Fame honors the most impactful figures in the sport.

The Hall of Fame museum and exhibit will be open in Memorial Park during the Hometown Days festival.

2020 Hours (Eastern Time):

Friday, July 24 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday, July 25 - 10:00am to 8:00pm

Sunday, July 26 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

2020 Inductees

Shane Anderson

One of only two players to participate in The Wiffle®Ball Championship every year since 2005, Shane Anderson has been a model of consistency regardless of the team he has suited up for.
At the time of his induction, no player has played in more Hometown Cup Finals, as Anderson has made eight appearances at Migley (2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019).

As a 14-year old, he helped lead The 4 Amigos to a runner-up finish in 2006, and he returned to Wiffle®Ball's Grandest Stage in 2008 again as a teenager with Multiple Scorgasms. More recently, he has made several trips to the Final Four with the Maple City Magic franchise.

Known most for his pitching, he won ORWBL Cy Young awards in 2010 and 2013. He has been selected an All-Star six times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019). A two-time World Series champ, Anderson currently sits atop the all-time career list for pitching wins and strikeouts.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2005: Team 23
2006: The 4 Amigos
2007: Stingers
2008: Multiple Scorgasms
2009: Thick Stix
2010: We’ve Got the Runs
2011: Wills Township Federalists
2012-2013,15-16,19: Maple City Magic
2014: Maple City Magic #2
2017: SpeedKills
2018: Maple City Purple

ORWBL
2010-2011: Wills Township Federalists
2012-2016, 2018-2019: Maple City Magic
2017: Jet City Junkballers

John Arndt

John Arndt has made his name in wiffleball mostly outside of New Carlisle. The slugger is most well known as the captain of the Looney Wifflers, champions in Mishawaka in 2000.

But John has also been a prominent figure in his hometown. Most notably, he was the winner of the inaugural Home Run Derby in 2005, and has won four more titles (2008, 2009, 2013, 2016).

He made three consecutive trips to the Hometown Cup Finals with the Maple City franchise (2016, 2017, 2018), including a runner-up finish in 2017.

Arndt has sporadically appeared for various teams in ORWBL since the league's founding in 2007. The majority of his playing time came between 2011-14 as a member of the Wills Township Federalists, where he led the Feds to a 2011 National League pennant and was later named an All-Star in 2012.

Since 2016, he has been on board for all three Maple City World Series titles.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2010-2012: Looney Wifflers
2013: Yhung Dipset
2014-2015: Jet City Junkballers
2016-2017: Maple City Magic
2018-2019: Maple City Purple

ORWBL
2007: Big Uglies
2010: New Carlisle Newts
2011-2014: Wills Township Federalists
2016: Jet City Junkballers
2016-2019: Maple City Magic

Nick Arndt

With one of the purest home run swings the game has ever seen, Nick Arndt was the preeminent power hitter in the first part of the last decade.

Arndt was the first to three-peat in the Home Run Derby, winning in 2010, 2011, and 2012. After a year hiatus, he returned to win his fourth Golden Bat in 2014. He made a cameo at the 2016 Derby, but has largely stepped away from wiffleball for the past several years.

Beginning his career as a 10-year old with the Violent Vipers, Arndt's best Championship finish came in 2009 when he captained Ballz Deep to a Final Four run.

A three-time ORWBL All-Star (2011, 2012, 2013), Arndt was a mainstay of the juggernaut Wills Township Federalists. Later, he would serve as a ringer for the Pterodactyls. In 2012, Arndt belted out a single-season record 110 home runs, an ORWBL record that will likely stand the test of time.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2005-2006: Violent Vipers
2007: The Actual
2008: Cubs
2009-2011: Ballz Deep
2012: Yhung Dipset

ORWBL
2011-2013: Wills Township Federalists
2015: Bourissa Hills Pterodactyls

Garrett Curless

Known in Migleyville as "Mr. Newt," Garrett Curless has defined New Carlisle wiffleball for the past 15 years. He has played in every Hometown Days tournament and in every season of ORWBL.

Curless contributed to the Sultans of Swing title run in 2006 before helping form one of wiffleball's most famous franchises, the New Carlisle Newts in 2007.

Since then he has led the hometown team to three Championships (2007, 2008, and 2018) and a record seven trips to the Hometown Cup Finals. His legendary performance in 2018 carried the Newts to the Cup, ending a 10-year drought and earning him the Kaylor Trophy.

In league play, Curless has brought three ORWBL World Series titles to New Carlisle (2013, 2014, 2016). He was the league's Most Valuable Player in 2007 and again in 2016.

An 11-time All-Star (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), Curless is one of just five players in the 300 home run club.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2005: Cougar Football Seniors
2006: Sultans of Swing
2007-2019: New Carlisle Newts

ORWBL
2007-2019: New Carlisle Newts

Wes Ellis

A career defined by winning, Wes Ellis has been the star for three different teams in his career. After emerging on the scene with the now defunct Banana Slugs, Ellis has reached the pinnacle of the wiffle world with the Cult West Warriors and has established his ORWBL legacy with the Maple City Magic.

Ellis first found Migley Field in 2013 with the Magic, but his greatest success came after being picked up by then two-time defending champions Cult West in 2015. He was on board for two Cup wins with the Warriors in 2015 and 2017.

In ORWBL, Ellis is a seven-time All-Star (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) and was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 2012 for the Slugs.

He has led the Magic to three consecutive World Series titles (2017, 2018, 2019), a run that included being named 2018 World Series Co-MVP. He won back-to-back Cy Young awards in 2017 and 2018.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2009-2010: Banana Slugs
2012: G-Slugs
2013, 2019: Maple City Magic
2014: Maple City Magic #2
2015-2018: Cult West Warriors

ORWBL
2009-2012: Banana Slugs
2013-2019: Maple City Magic

Jared Emmons

A true pioneer of the game, Jared Emmons is the co-founder of ORWBL, helping to establish New Carlisle's enduring wiffleball legacy.

While he is most known for his long, distinguished ORWBL career, Emmons has also made a few magical tournament runs at Hometown Days. He led the Pterodactyls to a runner-up finish in 2009. In 2012, half of his Taco Punchers roster failed to show up, forcing Emmons to cobble together a squad on site. The team would pull off a Cinderella run to The Wiffle®Ball Championship Game.

Emmons founded New Carlisle's American League franchise, the Pterodactyls, and led them to a World Series title in 2009. One of ORWBL's top pitchers, the southpaw took home Cy Young honors in 2007 and 2016.

A journeyman since he sold his franchise following the 2011 season, Emmons has been an ORWBL All-Star eight times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017).

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2005: Pioneers
2007: Shockers
2009-2011, 17-18: Pterodactyls
2012: Taco Punchers
2013: New Carlisle Newts

ORWBL
2007-2011: Bourissa Hills Pterodactyls
2012-2015: New Carlisle Newts
2016-2017: Galena Marsh Dabbers
2018: Rolling Prairie Emery's Army

Matt Flagg

One of the craftiest wiffleball vets to ever take the field, the late Matt "X-Factor" Flagg was an invaluable figure in The Wiffle®Ball Championship's formation and growth. In addition to helping manage the pool play schedule, he also served as the umpire of the Hometown Cup Finals.

Flagg captained the ship of the inaugural tournament's championship team, appropriately named the Late Arrivers. With Hometown Days needing a 16th team to fill out an even bracket, the team was formed in the wee hours on the eve of the first tournament.

Flagg would go on to win two more titles with the New Carlisle Newts in 2007 and 2008 before retiring after the 2012 season. He later made a few appearances with the revival of the Late Arrivers franchise.

The original ace of the Newts staff in ORWBL, Flagg won the Cy Young in 2007 and was an All-Star each of the first three years of the league.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2005, 2015-2016: Late Arrivers
2007-2012: New Carlisle Newts

ORWBL
2007-2012: New Carlisle Newts

Denis Jedrysek

The most feared hitter of Wiffle®Ball's Golden Age, Denis Jedrysek made opposing pitchers wish for an intentional walk rule.

Alongside longtime teammate Jared Emmons, Jedrysek led the Taco Punchers to an appearance in The Wiffle®Ball Championship Game in 2012. His walk-off home run in the semifinals against Cult West remains one of the most legendary moments in tournament history.

Although most of his ORWBL career occurred before the stat-keeping era, Jedrysek's accolades are impressive nonetheless. Named Most Valuable Player in 2007 and 2009, he led the Pterodactyls to the 2009 World Series title.

He was selected an All-Star in all five seasons he played for the 'Dactyls (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and made a sixth appearance in 2016 with the Galena Marsh Dabbers. Twice he was the All-Star Game MVP in 2007 and 2010, and he also won the first ever ORWBL Home Run Derby in 2007.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2007: Shockers
2010-2011, 17-18: Pterodactyls
2012: Taco Punchers
2013: New Carlisle Newts

ORWBL
2007-2011: Bourissa Hills Pterodactyls
2012-2014: New Carlisle Newts
2016-2017: Galena Marsh Dabbers

Bob Keck

The owner and head groundskeeper of Migley Field, The Wiffle®Ball Championship at Hometown Days would not have been possible without Bob Keck.

In addition to the countless hours he has spent building and maintaining the ballpark at the corner of Bray and Dunn, he has painted miles of foul lines at The Championship's expansive 20-field complex at the New Prairie Little League fields.

He has been a major part of a family effort to organize the tournament every year, providing a fun summer activity for thousands of participants over 15 years.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2005-2019: Staff

Kaylor Keck

Contributing both on and off the field, The Wiffle®Ball Championship and ORWBL would not exist without the late Kaylor Keck.

In 2007 and 2008, he feasted on the foul ball home run and helped the Newts win back-to-back Championships. In his final tournament appearance with the club in 2014, the Newts returned to Migley Field with a Final Four run. He came out of retirement in 2015 to fill in for Beef Barn, carrying them to a Sweet Sixteen berth.

Kaylor was a four-time All-Star in ORWBL, and he won the National League Cy Young in 2008. He was a member of New Carlisle's first two World Series championship teams in 2013 and 2014.

A talented artist, Kaylor constructed and painted the Migley Field manually operated scoreboard and famous marquee. Awarded annually to the Marquee Player of the Hometown Cup Finals, the Kaylor Trophy is named in his memory.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2007-2014: New Carlisle Newts
2015: Beef Barn

ORWBL
2007-2014: New Carlisle Newts

Drew Luther

A New Carlisle kid that grew up with The Wiffle®Ball Championship, Drew Luther has been one of the most reliable and sure-handed players in the lineup for each of his teams.

First reaching Migley in 2006 with The 4 Amigos, Luther has returned to Wiffle®Ball's Grandest Stage in 2015, 2018, and 2019 with teammate Shane Anderson and the Maple City franchise.

A six-time All-Star (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019) he captured his first ORWBL World Series title with the Magic in 2018 and was on board for another in 2019. Luther ranks fifth on the ORWBL all-time hits list, as he is one of just six players who have eclipsed 600.

His role in the only known game-fixing scandal in wiffleball history did not affect his consideration for the Hall of Fame. During pool play in 2006, Luther agreed to purchase an elephant ear from Memorial Park for Tyler Cox of Great Balls of Fire in exchange for Cox throwing the game.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2005: Team 23
2006: The 4 Amigos
2007: Stingers
2008: Team Infuego
2009: Rated RBI
2011: Wills Township Federalists
2012-2013: Yhung Dipset
2014: Maple City Magic #2
2015, 2019: Maple City Magic
2016: Jet City Junkballers
2017: SpeedKills
2018: Maple City Purple

ORWBL
2010-2011: Wills Township Federalists
2012-2016, 18-19: Maple City Magic
2016-2017: Jet City Junkballers

Jay Ryans

In an offensive-dominated game, Jay Ryans is the great equalizer on the mound. The ace of the Cult West staff has a vicious knuckleball which can silence even the loudest bats in the game.

Ryans has been a centerpiece of the Cult West dynasty, leading the Warriors to four titles at The Wiffle®Ball Championship (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017). He took home the Kaylor Trophy in 2017 for his prowess on the mound and performance at the plate.

Ryans was also a dominant force for the Warriors during their run in ORWBL. For the squad's first league season in 2012, he was named Most Valuable Player while leading the club to the World Series title. He also brought the team another title in 2015. In 2016, along with his Cult West teammates, Ryans won a third World Series Championship with the Newts.

A five-time All-Star (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018), he was the All-Star Game MVP his rookie year.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2011: Mega Powers
2012-2019: Cult West Warriors

ORWBL
2012-2015: Cult West Warriors
2016-2019: New Carlisle Newts

Matt Serge

A fierce competitor on the field and the face of sportsmanship off the field, Matt Serge has led Speedy's Chickenheads out of Diamond Lake, Michigan, to the top of wiffleball's highest mountain.

No team means more to The Wiffle®Ball Championship than Speedy's Chickenheads. An annual contender since 2007, Speedy's was the first team outside of the New Carlisle area to make Hometown Days a wiffleball destination.

Final Four, runners-up, and Champions were the results for Speedy's in their first three years in New Carlisle. Serge led the team back to Migley in 2017.

Taking over the ORWBL franchise known as the South Bend Sour Wowers in 2010, Serge guided them to consecutive World Series titles while earning MVP, Cy Young, and Manager of the Year honors.

He crossed over to the rival Newts in 2013, leading New Carlisle to consecutive World Series titles as well. A six-time All-Star (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), he maintains a .575 career average.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2007-2019: Speedy’s Chickenheads

ORWBL
2010-2012: South Bend Sour Wowers
2013-2014: New Carlisle Newts
2015, 2017: Rolling Prairie Emery’s Army
2016: South Bend Muffs

Seth Shail

A great two-way player, Seth Shail has been a fixture in New Carlisle wiffleball from its founding in 2005.
As a youngster, Shail created multiple teams in the tournament's early days. In 2009, he teamed up with Allen Ament to form the Northsiders, advancing to the Elite Eight.

The following year, the duo created one of The Championship's perennial powerhouses, The Muffs. Although they have not made a Final Four appearance since their debut in 2010, The Muffs continue to be a title contender year in and year out.

Shail broke into the ORWBL with the Wills Township Federalists, playing for the back-to-back National League Champions in 2010 and 2011. He made a third consecutive trip to the World Series in 2012 with the Slugs.

Shail finally got his ring in 2014, anchoring the Newts pitching staff and leading New Carlisle to a World Series title.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2005: Little Leaguers
2006: Pistle Whippers
2007: No Name
2008-2009: Northsiders
2010-2016: The Muffs
2019: Hotel Tango

ORWBL
2010-2011: Wills Township Federalists
2012: Heston Gangster Slugs
2013: Toll Road Rebels
2014-2015: New Carlisle Newts
2016: South Bend Muffs

Scott Soos

One of the most decorated wifflers of all-time, Scott Soos of the Cult West Warriors has dominated the game's landscape for the past decade.

Captain of the four-time Champions of Wiffle®Ball (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017), Soos has gained the reputation as "Home Run Guy."

In 2011, Soos brought the Mega Powers to New Carlisle for the first time. After an early playoff upset, the team returned in 2012 as the Cult West Warriors, and the wiffle world has never been the same.

Cult West also began ORWBL play in 2012. Soos, winning Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year, led the squad to the World Series title. After Soos won MVP awards in 2013 and 2014, Cult West would claim another championship in 2015 before disbanding from league play.

Continuing his ORWBL career in New Carlisle, Soos has been an All-Star in all eight seasons (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). He is the all-time ORWBL Home Run leader with 399.

CAREER TIMELINE 

The Wiffle®Ball Championship
2011: Mega Powers
2012-2019: Cult West Warriors

ORWBL
2012-2015: Cult West Warriors
2016-2019: New Carlisle Newts

The Wiffle®Ball Championship is an official event of New Carlisle Hometown Days, Inc. Hometown Days is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a fun-filled, family-oriented festival every July. The event weekend is a venue for many local churches, clubs, and other non-profit groups to conduct their biggest fundraisers of the year. All proceeds from The Championship help the Hometown Days committee in its effort to continue this summer tradition.

 

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