Ashland in Boyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Ashland Baseball Hall of Fame at CP-1
Ellis Childers. Played on state championship semi-pro Ashland Pure Milk and for Schenker’s Market in the National Amateur League. Signed to play with the Chicago White Sox farm team in 1939. Also a softball pitcher for Ashland Oil and the Kentucky Colonels. Pioneer coach of Red Sox in first year of Ashland Little League in 1955.
Dan Smith. One of the greatest catchers in Ashland Tomcat history from 1979-82. He was an all-OVC performer at Morehead State and was drafted in second round of 1985 Amateur Draft (38th overall selection) by the Dodgers and played three years in the organization before health issues curtailed a promising career.
Charles “Chuck” Dickison. Ashland Tomcat star from the late 1940s who played every sport well but excelled In baseball where he patrolled center field and pitched on strong teams.
Steve Rolen. Third baseman for the Ashland Tomcats and Ashland Post 76 In the 1980s where he was one of the best to ever play on CP-1. He hit .380 in his career at West Virginia University and .425 with a .828 slugging percentage as a senior before being drafted by the San Francisco Giants In 25th round of 1989 Draft. Played four minor league seasons hitting .270 with 17 home runs.
“Big” Ed Hughes. Legendary power hitter with a sweet stroke. The big left-hander hit some of the longest home runs in Central Park history, including a mammoth shot that rolled to the ice plant some 550 feet from home plate. Played for Ashland Redlegs and hit home runs to the street when he was 50.
Bobby Lynch. Standout Ashland Tomcat pitcher on state championship teams from 1966-68 where he went 27-2 overall and 5-0 in state tournament games. He was a clutch pitcher who never lost a game in Central Park at any level. Lynch pitched Tomcats to first state title against Shelby County in 1966 as 16-year-old.
Bill Workman. one of the key members of 1966 Ashland Tomcat state champions, anchoring the infield at shortstop and hitting .310 as a senior. Workman’s best work at
Clyde Chinn. Beloved umpire who spent hundreds of hours on the Central Park fields officiating games. It was his favorite place to be. His outgoing personality made him memorable for players, fans and coaches who had the pleasure of watching him work. Few individuals knew the gane better or loved the players and CP-1 more.
Juan Thomas. An all-around athlete known for his power and speed, while playing for the Ashland Tomcats end Connie Mack Ashland Athletics. He once hit five home runs in game and was the 1910 Gatorade High School Kentucky Player of Year. He was drafted in the 10th round by the White Sox In 1991 and played 14 minor league seasons hitting 303 home runs and 300 doubles.
Marvin Hall. Played for Ashland Pure Mile. Carried batting avenge of .425 and led league in stolen bases. Intrumental in Ihe organization of Ashland Babe Ruth and American Legion Post 76 leagues. Considered one of the greatest baseball and pitching coaches of the 1950s and 1960s.
Wayne Workman. Started on 1966 and 1976 Ashland Tomcat state championship teams at first base and was one of the leading hitters both years, batting cleanup as a senior. He was a slick fielder and his left-handed
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 2016.
Location. 38° 28.377′ N, 82° 38.173′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Kentucky, in Boyd County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Central Avenue and 22nd Street. It is at the CP-1 baseball diamond, behind the press box. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland KY 41101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 2017 Inductees (here, next to this marker); 2018 Inductees (here, next to this marker); 2015 Inductees (here, next to this marker); 2022 Inductees (here, next to this marker); 2021 Inductees (here, next to this marker); 2019 Inductees (here, next to this marker); Baseball at Central Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Mounds (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.