The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 19, 2013

P.J. Forbes to be inducted into Kansas baseball shrine

St. Mary’s-Colgan graduate P.J. Forbes, who was a member of Wichita State’s 1989 national championship team and played for more than a decade in professional baseball, will be inducted next month into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.

The induction banquet will be Jan. 25 at Hillside Christian Church in Wichita. Other members of the 2014 class include Cowley College coach Dave Burroughs, the 1954-55 Boeing Bombers and 2013 electee Pat Meares. Posthumous inductees will be George Dockins, Marvin Truby and Jerry Webster.

Wichita State coach Todd Butler will be the featured speaker.

Forbes graduated from Colgan in 1986 and went on to be a standout infielder with the Shockers.

 The California Angels selected Forbes in the 20th round of the 1990 MLB draft. He spent 13 seasons and 1,356 games in minor league baseball with the Angels, Orioles, Rangers, and Phillies organizations. As a minor leaguer, Forbes was a .280 career hitter with 1,406 hits.

Forbes had stints in the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles in 1998 and the Philadelphia Phillies in 2001. He played 12 major league games and finished with three hits and three RBI.

After retiring as a player in 2003, Forbes was a manager in the Phillies organization from 2004-2008. He managed in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 2009-2012. He currently is a minor league manager in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Burroughs has won 1,028 games in his 26 years at Cowley College in Arkansas City. His 1997 and 1998 teams won the NJCAA World Series.

The 1954-55 Boeing Bombers were back-to-back NBC World Series champions. The teams were dominated by future professional players, including Daryl Spencer.

Meares, a Salina native, played nine seasons in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was drafted by the Twins out of Wichita State, where he helped the Shockers win the 1989 College World Series.

Dockins, a Clyde native, pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945 and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He joins his brother, Frank, in the hall.

Truby, an Independence native, is credited with creating the first night game in professional baseball. In 1930, he advanced the Independence Baseball Association $8,000, so it could purchase and install lights.

Webster, a Mulvane native, began playing semiprofessional as a teenager in the mid-1950s. In the early 1960s, he played on three NBC championship teams. He also played in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Current members of the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame include National Baseball Hall of Famers Walter Johnson, Joe Tinker and Satchel Paige, as well as Pittsburg natives Don Gutteridge and Bill Russell.

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