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Dayton Moore headlines 2014 class for Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore.
Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore. The Kansas City Star

A much-repeated story during this year’s World Series was how general manager Dayton Moore grew up in Wichita and was a big Royals fan.

Moore, who played at Garden City Community College, is part of the 2014 class for the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.

Moore will be joined in the class by former Wichita State players Eric Wedge and David Haas, along with the late Floyd “Smoky” Ford, former Allen Community College coach Valis McLean and the 1907 Wichita Jobbers.

The induction banquet will be held Jan. 24 in Wichita.

Wedge helped Wichita State win the 1989 College World Series. He played with the Red Sox and Rockies, then went on to manage the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners.

From 1985-88, Haas won 49 games and was an All-American for the Shockers. He later pitched for the Detroit Tigers.

Ford, who died in 2011, the first baseball coach at Pratt High School. The Smoky Ford Invitational tournament is held annually at Smoky Ford Field in Pratt.

McLean was the head coach at Allen Community College and won more than 1,000 games. He is a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

The 1907 Wichita Jobbers won the Western Association championship with a 98-35 record.

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