(HERCULANEUM, Mo.) Former Herculaneum standout pitcher Andy Runzi will be a part of the 2018 St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Class after being selected along with 18 others in late November.
Runzi won a little league state championship before winning a state title with Herculaneum as a freshman, and then again as a head coach. He will be going into the Hall of Fame as a player. The Herculaneum High School home baseball field is named after Runzi.+++
For Runzi, he said it’s humbling to be mentioned among other St. Louis area greats…+++
Herculaneum baseball was at a high point during Runzi’s time as a player. Runzi made a big impact on the mound for the Blackcats, and said the team chemistry helped make them as successful as they were during his time there…+++
Following his career at Herculaneum, Runzi played at Mineral Area College before playing for the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He signed with the California Angels and spent time in their organization before returning to baseball as a coach.+++
Runzi deflected the individual honor and instead recognized the Herculaneum community and the people that have impacted him…+++
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be April 12th at the Sheraton Hotel at Westport. Runzi joins other local Jefferson County fixtures including former Festus Post 253 Legion coach Pat Bone, who helped nominate him for the Hall of Fame.+++
You can listen to the full interview with Runzi below…+++