Dale Willis is humble Hall of Famer

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 07:56 PM.

"It was just a real special thing and I'm very appreciative to William Carey for the opportunity to be inducted in the Hall of Fame."

Proud wife

Dale's wife, Devona, said the induction ceremony brought back fond memories.

"He's pretty modest and humble about this," she said. "When we got back, the talk is continuously about how far Dale hit the ball. They have never seen anybody with a wooden bat hit the ball that far.

"Those were exciting times. I was pregnant with our daughter, Kelly Donofro, who teaches at the high school. I couldn't go with them because it was the end of my pregnancy and I had to listen to the game on an old staticy radio."

Stellar career

Willis was four-year starter at third base for the Crusaders, compiling a .314 career batting average while slugging 22 home runs and driving in 104 runs.

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