Russ Kerns

From the CSHoF Archives

With the approach of the 2014 World Series, it is an appropriate time to share the circuitous story of one Russell Eldon "Russ" Kerns (November 10, 1920 – August 21, 2000) a member of the Jamestown Falcons baseball team in 1946 and 1947.

First, an August 29, 1949 story by the legendary Post-Journal sports editor Frank Hyde:

Kerns One of Few in History Who Got World Series Cut One Year and Caught for Class D Club the Next

When the Nazi’s started thumbing their collective noses at the rest of the world, Russell Kerns, burly left-hand hitting catcher from the rolling farm lands near Tiffin, Ohio, wore out a dozen pair of trousers over a two-year period camping on the steps of every recruiting office in the state.

The big boy peeled his shirt off for eight examinations, but each time the answer was "no." When it was finally changed to a "yes" it came just in time to scramble his baseball career like an egg in a cement mixer.

Kerns has traveled the baseball marts for quite a spell and he’s probably one of the few, if not the only player in the history of the organized game, who shared in World Series money one year and caught for a Class D team the next.

But that gives one an idea of how the fates have tossed the Ohio grabber around since the game in general was thrown into turmoil by the returning vets and changes in the draft laws. Kerns was on the bench in status of third string catcher when the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs for the 1945 World Series bunting. Come 1946 and he’s with Jamestown in the PONY League. Quite a cross country record at that.

Owns Ohio Farm

To read the rest of this story check the October newsletter.

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2014-15 CSHoF officers, left to right: Bob Schmitt, Ron Melquist, Bill Race, Lee Johnson, Russ
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At its August 25th meeting, the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame elected the officers to lead the organization for the next year.

Bob Schmitt replaced Bill Rollinger who stepped down after 15 years as vice-president. Rollinger will remain on the Board of Directors. The other officers were re-elected to their positions.

Thirty-year director Denny Lundberg requested to be named a director emeritus of the CSHOF joining Russ Diethrick in that distinguished capacity. Appointed to replace Lundberg was Keith Martin, the Athletic Director at Jamestown Community College and former head coach of the highly successful JCC Lady Jayhawks basketball program. Martin is the son of 1997 CSHOF inductee, Ken Martin.


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