Congratulations to CH sports honorees
To the Editor:
I want to congratulate the following individuals for their induction into various sports halls of fame in 2019:
John Malloy and Otis Chapman will be inducted into The Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 17. Malloy was hockey coach at Cleveland Heights High School 1981–96 and won a state championship (1986–87). He was a great mentor to many youth players who aspired to play, and later played, for Heights High.
Chapman, previously inducted into the Greater Cleveland Slo-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame, was also a nationally renowned racquetball player at Severance Athletic Club (SAC) in Cleveland Heights and is being inducted as such. He also played for SAC in the Cleveland Heights Co-ed Softball League at Forest Hill Park and was inducted into the Cleveland Heights Softball Hall of Fame.
John Carter will be inducted into the Greater Cleveland Softball Hall of Fame on Oct. 17. He was one of the original umpires when the Cleveland Heights league began in 1976, was the first umpire-in-chief in the Cleveland Heights Umpires' Association, and was the first person inducted into the Cleveland Heights Softball of Fame, in 1992, after his untimely death. (It was John Carter and Guss Barnwell's move from Cleveland to Cleveland Heights that legitimized the new league.)
Congratulations are in order for all three men who helped legitimize Cleveland Heights sports to be among the best in Greater Cleveland.