Cheyenne Post 6 Baseball Announces 2022 Hall of Fame class
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Post 6 Baseball is excited to announce its 2022 Hall of Fame inductees. These six players were among the State of Wyoming’s best baseball players in the 1980s and early 1990s, just as Cheyenne Post 6 Baseball was emerging as the premier baseball program in the State.
Lamont Oliver was a dominant two-sport athlete in Cheyenne in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1991, he had a remarkable 16 hits and took home MVP honors as Post 6 won its first Wyoming State Legion Baseball Tournament since the 1970s. Oliver’s performance included seven base hits in a 13-inning elimination game against No. 1 seed Casper. For his career, Oliver hit more than twenty homeruns. Oliver, who was also an All-State linebacker and running back for the Cheyenne Central Indians state championship team in 1989, played college baseball and football at Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska.
An imposing righthanded flame thrower, Danny Orr pitched for Post 6 in the mid-1980s. With a fastball that consistently registered speeds in the mid-90s on the radar gun, Orr played college baseball at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona, before being drafted in the 45th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft. He then played several years of minor league baseball in the Oakland Athletics organization.
Steve Soltesz played for Post 6 in the late 1980s. In 1988, he batted .364, good for the fourth highest on the team, and was second on the team in doubles and slugging percentage. In 1989, he finished the regular season with a .417 batting average, more than .050 better than the next best hitter on the team. He was also a team leader in RBIs that season, and picked up a dozen hits at the Wyoming State Legion Tournament, pushing his final season average over .430.
In a time when it was rare to play three seasons of varsity legion baseball in Cheyenne, Shane Taylor did just that in 1989, 1990, and 1991. In 1989, as 16-year-old, Taylor hit .351. Taylor’s most impressive season came in 1991, when he led Post 6′s State Championship team with a.364 batting average and six homeruns. Taylor went on to play college baseball at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
John Wimmer is generally regarded as one of the best defensive shortstops to play baseball in Cheyenne, but it was his bat and speed that most impressed the selection committee. In 1987, Wimmer hit .341, and in 1988 he led Post 6 in average (.402), doubles (19), triples (6), homeruns (5), and RBIs (41). Wimmer also played college baseball.
Mike Zegunis was a hitting machine for Post 6 in the late 1980s. In 1987, he hit .403 in the regular season – .043 higher than the next best hitter. He also hit three homeruns during the Wyoming State Legion Tournament. In 1988, he hit .398, and had 14 doubles and 39 RBIs (all
second to fellow-inductee Wimmer). Zegunis was part of a junior college national championship football team at Glendale Community College before becoming a starter at Fort Hayes State University, where he later coached.
The Cheyenne Post 6 Board of Directors encourages fans, families, former players, and residents to submit nominations for the Hall of Fame, along with supporting materials. The Board will consider all nominations, but is particularly in need of information about players from prior to 2000, as Post 6 Baseball won 15 state titles from 1928-2000. Nominations may be submitted to Cheyenne Post 6 Baseball, P.O. Box 2815, Cheyenne, WY 82003, or emailed to Post6Baseball@gmail.com.
Post 6 is still trying to contact John Wimmer. If you know how to contact him, email Post6Baseball@gmail.com.
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