The Kandiyohi County Historical Society inducted three men as Class of 2018 inductees into the West Central Minnesota Hall of Fame.
Randy Haats, Wade Adamson and Mike Johnson were inducted during a ceremony on Tuesday in Willmar.
The Kandiyohi County Historical Society partnered with the Willmar Stingers to begin a West Central Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. The Hall of Fame covers a 45-mile radius of Willmar which includes communities such as Glenwood, Montevideo, Redwood Falls and Dassel-Cokato. In order to be considered for the West Central Baseball Hall of Fame, nominees must fall within the 45-mile radius of Willmar and be highly recognized in one of three categories:
Player or manager who resided in West Central Minnesota and went on to success in high levels of
professional baseball as a player, coach, or manager.
An amateur player, coach, or manager who was successful as a player in youth, high school, and/or
adult amateur baseball.
A longtime resident of West Central Minnesota who has achieved great success as a supporter of baseball and has made significant contributions to baseball.
Here are profiles of this year's inductees:
Adamson grew up in Willmar and in 1975 graduated from Willmar High School, for which he pitched. During his senior year, the Willmar Cardinals earned a spot in the Minnesota state baseball championship game and was runner-up. Adamson played his college years at South Dakota State University, helping to lead the team to conference championships his junior and senior years. In 1978, the Minnesota Twins drafted Adamson in the fourth round. He played Class A and AA until 1981. He played 10 years with the Willmar Rails and coached for Willmar schools and the Willmar Legion Team.
A Raymond native, Haats graduated from Raymond High School in 1967. During his high school career, he was a pitcher and shortstop and was named all-conference three times. Haats played baseball at Willmar State Junior College (now Ridgewater) and two years at South Dakota State University. Haats played for the Raymond Rockets for 13 years and was inducted in the Raymond Rocket Hall of Fame in 2013. Haats coached at Willmar Community College and the Willmar American Legion game. He spent over 20 years as a umpire for high school, college and amateur baseball.
Johnson is a native of Kerkhoven and graduated from Kerkhoven High School in 1963. He played at the Willmar Community College from 1963-1965 and St. Cloud State University from 1965-1967. From 1960-1984, he played for various teams including the Kerkhoven American Legion, Kerkhoven town team, Norway Lake, Granite Falls and Willmar. Johnson coached from 1971-2010 for Clara City High School, New London-Spicer, Willmar Junior High, Clara City/Raymond Legion, Willmar Community College and Ridgewater. Johnson volunteered with youth baseball by coaching traveling teams.