OHIO HOT STOVE BASEBALL LEAGUE, Inc.

The Hot Stove League was first conceived by and enterprising sports editor Karl Artman, of Selma, Alabama. His original idea was to form fun clubs where the members could swap ideas and discuss organized baseball in all its phases. With this thought in mind, several clubs were formed in the spring of 1935. Unfortunately, Artman passed away before his ideas had a chance to fully materialized.

Although more than 50 Charters had been formed by 1940, World War II seriously hampered the growth of the organization. Cy Butler, of the Alliance Review, had been interested in the organization as Alliance was the first city in Ohio to receive a Charter on November 18, 1937. Butler's interest in the idea led him to  purchas the franchise in January of 1942 and, as a result, the National Hot Stove League Headquarters was moved to Alliance with Butler becoming the National President. Under his leadership the program then grew to more than Charters and 100,000 members. After his death in 1965, the national program lay dormant until 1967, when a group of men that had been active in hot stove League Baseball pooled their efforts to incorporate as OHIO HOT STOVE BASEBALL LEAGUE, INC and reactivate the National Organization, so the benefits of Hot Stove League Baseball for Boys, Girls, young Men and Women could be offered to any community that desired it. Unfortunately the nation organization could not be revitalized.

Today there are only 21 Charters serving 450 teams consisting of approximately 7,500 players in the state of Ohio, but the commitment to Boys, Girls, young Men and Women and the ideas of Karl Artman and Cy Butler remain the same: To provide the opportunity to discuss and play organized baseball in all its phases.


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Hall of Fame Members

Name Charter
Cy Butler (Founder) Alliance
John W. Sterling Alliance
Gene Mason Alliance
Bob Grewe Alliance
Ted Ruth Alliance
John Miller Canton South
Ralph A. Martinelli Canton South
Bob Wells Carroll County
Cliff Minor Carroll County
Mike Hunter Firestone Park
Dick Leidig Goodyear Heights
Norm Gerhart Lorain County Suburban
Glenn Brophy Lorain County Suburban
Jim Jackson Louisville
Ray Potter Meander
Robert Stein North Akron
Joe Kolick North Olmsted
Dick Viebranz Portage North
Bill Chamberlin Portage South
Bill Galchick Salem
John Herman Salem
Harry Carli Sebring West Branch
Ted Arman Stark Central
Robert Bowman Stark County
Jack Bird Stark County
Bob Sisler Trumbull County
Larry Durch Trumbull County
William G. Phelps Portage North
Herb Thoughton Trumbull County
Kathy Baltes Trumbull County
Bonny Jo Grogg United Local
Bob Jameson Wayne County
George A. Geordan Trumbull County
Bob Ebersole Goodyear Heights
Larry Kuhns Trumbull County
Pat Mullins Lorain County Suburban
Fred Hazlet Lorain County Suburban
Don "Pappy" Dennis Lorain County Suburban
Bob Feierabend Lorain County Suburban
Dan Morris Ravenna Hot Stove
Jack Criddle Trumbull County
Lou Vasi Lorain County Suburban
Bob and Jeannie Miscuda Lorain County Suburban
Lonnie Stacy Ravenna 
Carl Kirksey Alliance 
Bill Manion Portage South 
Ron Holt  Alliance 
Don Blackman Alliance 
Paul Patton North Akron Hot Stove Baseball 
Joe Tarnowski Portage North 
Ken Carpenter Lorain County
John and Lin Tsangeos Stark County
James Newman Alliance Hot Stove
Tom Gehring Lorain County

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