Five named to S.D. Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame
July 22. 2013 6:00AM
Five former standouts were chosen for induction into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
The five are Perry Danforth of Huron, Billy McMacken of Brookings, Mark Ripperda of Larchwood, Iowa, and brothers Chuck and Dave Sendelbach, who played mostly with the Renner Monarchs.
The five will be honored Aug. 17 during the state tourney in Sioux Falls and will be inducted into the hall of fame during a banquet Sept. 28 at the Crooks Town Hall.
Danforth’s career spanned three decades, but was broken up with two summers playing in the Basin League and five years in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. In all, the middle infielder played 13 seasons of amateur baseball in South Dakota and played in the state tourney all 13 years. He played one season each with Woonsocket and the Huron Merchants, five with Huron Porter Ford and his final six with the Huron Old Mil Sixers before retiring at 45.
McMacken spent all of his career playing in his hometown. During his 25-year career (1984-2009) with the Brookings Cubs, the former South Dakota State star had 168 pitching wins and smacked 240 home runs. He played in nine state Class A championship games (and was the Cubs’ manager in each as well), six of which Brookings won (1996-2000 and 2002) and earned Most Valuable Player honors three times. He had a 34-game winning streak from 1997-2000.
Ripperda dedicated nearly 40 years to amateur baseball in Larchwood, playing his entire career with Larchwood from 1966-1986 and managing the team from 1980-2003. Despite hitting only one career home run, the catcher batted over .340 during his career and was widely known as a clutch hitter. He hit .615 to take state-tourney batting champion honors in 1980.
The Sendelbachs are Pipestone, Minn., natives and former SDSU players.
Chuck’s 45-year amateur career began in 1968 in Pipestone, but he spent the majority of his career with Renner. The infielder batted over .337 in his career and played on teams in South Dakota and Minnesota that won three state championship and finished second four times.
Dave Sendelbach’s 24-year amateur career began in Flandreau in 1973 and 1974 and ended with a 22-year stint with the Monarchs (1975-1996). Renner won state titles in 1980, 1983 and 1995. He batted .348 during his career and stole 486 bases, including 31-for-31 in 1982. He pitched and caught early in his career, but spent most of it as a second baseman or center fielder.