Hall of Fame

KBC HALL OF FAME

The Kensington Baseball Club Hall of Fame recognises members of our club who have gone above and beyond, who have shown tenacity and loyalty and who have influenced generations of KBC Baseballers and will continue to inspire for generations to come.

In February 2017, we launched our Hall of Fame, and inducted the first 5 members.  During the months prior, a sub-committee that consisted of Chris Jones, Howard Norman, Chris Platten & Leigh Norman came together to select just who would be the first club members to be recognised. Criteria were discussed at length and it was decided that to become a member of the Kensington Baseball Club Hall of Fame, one must have demonstrated utmost qualities of integrity, sportsmanship and character.  These stalwarts have had a significant impact on the success of our club.

This honour is not necessarily awarded purely for on-field ability, but more so recognition for outstanding service, hard work, loyalty & dedication to the Baseball Club.

OUR INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Announced at the KBC Gala Dinner, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 11th February 2017.

ARTHUR MacDONALD

(Introduced by Nick Talbot)

Arthur MacDonald is arguably the most influential person in the history of the Kensington Baseball Club. In the 90 year history of our great Club no one has done more or achieved more than this bloke.

Arthur stepped foot in our Club for the first time in 1956 -over 60 years ago, when he transferred from the Burnside Baseball Club, and he has never left! In these early years he was a player and coach until he made his A grade debut in 1968. It was at this time he became the 155th player to play A grade at Kensington.

His main contribution to the club however has been as an administrator and coach. Arthur has coached juniors and seniors for 26 seasons at Kensington, having major impact on almost every junior player to have played at the Club. You name it, he has done it!

He was appointed A grade Coach in the 1975-76 season and guided a nucleus of stars in their formative years that went on to play in our mid 80’s Premiership flags. Players such as Derek Keane, Jim Gladstone, Dave Barber and Lincoln Rowe.

He joined the committee in 1959 and has remained to this day. Arthur has filled roles including Treasurer, Secretary, Junior Coordinator and Vice-President in his time. His selfless commitment to the Club is astounding, if anything needs to be done – he is the first person to put his hand up. Put simply – without Arthur MacDonald there would be no Kensington Baseball Club.

He was recognized for his service in 1973 when he was awarded life membership, and in 2007 he received a gold watch in recognition of 50 years of service to the Club. He is also a life member of the South Australian Baseball League.

Arthur is not slowing down though, continuing to put in the hard yards for the betterment of the Club. He enjoys nothing more than watching our incredible on field success and it is this that drives him.

JEFF FIECHTNER

(Introduced by Leigh Chenoweth)

Jeff was the 222nd player to play A grade baseball at Kensington. He came to Kensington as an import in the summer of 1983, and no one at the Club knew then of the legacy that he would create in only three seasons.

His impact was immediate – winning the “Camel Cup” MVP & guiding Kensington to the “Camel Cup” premiership. Later that season he would finish runner up in the Capps medal, also becoming a Premiership player and again winning the Grand Final MVP award. In the following season Jeff went one better, winning the Capps medal and again guiding the team to another premiership. For the third consecutive year he won the Grand Final MVP. This was not a surprise given he hit three home runs in that game.

In the 1985-86 season he won his second Capps medal, his second Max Galloway medal & his third Premiership. To top it off, he also won the prestigious Bruce Hender award that year.

During his time in Australia his daughter Heidi was born, giving him and his family a lifelong attachment to Australia and the Kensington Baseball Club.

Jeff also heavily involved himself in Club social activities, running events and helping the Club’s culture thrive in this extraordinarily successful period of our Club’s history. Jeff finished his career with Kensington playing 120 games. He had 57 wins on the mound, the second all-time highest number of wins – only in the 2016/17 season was the record eclipsed by Nick Talbot. He also managed to hit 30 home runs in his three years.

Jeff’s impact was enormous, in such a short space of time he created a legacy whereby rarely does a week go by where his name is not mentioned at the KBC bar.

 

JIM GLADSTONE

(Introduced by his son, Scott Gladstone)

Jim made his A grade debut in 1974, and is the 183rd player to play A grade at Kensington. He played a staggering 26 seasons in A grade, appearing in a club record 614 games.  He was a critical part of the great Kensington team of the mid 80’s that won three premierships in a row, playing centre field and hitting in the middle of the line-up.

Over the duration of his career he was the recipient of numerous South Australian Baseball League awards including (more than once): Outfielder of the Year, league leading Home runs, and league leading RBI awards. He was selected to play for South Australia for the first time in 1985/86, and continued to do so until 1987/88.  In arguably his two best seasons, 1984/85 and 1985/86, he hit 20 Home runs and 18 Home runs respectively. This included a “day out” in the 1985/86 season, where he hit four home runs in a double header.

He was the recipient of the Max Galloway medal on four occasions and became a life member of the Club in 1988.

Jim was the A grade Coach from 1991 to 1994, and was an Assistant Coach for premierships in 2003 and 2004, and for three Premierships in our latest dynasty.

Jim has hit more Home runs than anyone else for the Kensington Baseball Club, 152 to be exact.

Apart from his on field achievements, Jim has been a massive off field contributor to the Club – most notably in the social side of the Club.

Upon his retirement Jim coached numerous junior teams, which I (Scott) was part of and helped guide the young players that have now grown into greats of the Club themselves.  Jim has played a pivotal role for Kensington, and a significant amount of our enormous success can be placed squarely on his shoulders.

 

MAL WINTER

(Introduced by Bryce Allen)

Mal began his time at Kensington in 1963, where he played in the minor D premiership team in his first season at the club.  Although he had the imposing height on his side, his major contribution to the Club has been off the field.

He has been a tireless worker for the Club in a number of capacities throughout his tenure. From 1964 to 1970 Mal held the position of Junior Coordinator.  Mal was in charge of uniforms from 1966 to 1969.  He coached juniors from 1970 to 1976.  However, we all know Mal as the man behind the bar.

He has filled the position of bar manager in three separate stints in his time at the Club – from 1976 to 1984, 1998 to 2011, and from 2013 to today.

Mal has a story for every occasion. There would not be many in this room who have not heard one of his stories about past greats or amusing anecdotes from the history of our Club, whilst having a quiet drink at the bar.

Mal was rewarded for his years of service earning Kensington Baseball Club life membership in 1977.  In the years since, he has been awarded a club award almost every presentation night. Numerous Presidents’ awards and more recently the Arthur MacDonald award has been presented to him.  In 2014 Mal was presented with a gold watch to commemorate 50 years of service.

 

PAT OHLSTROM

(Introduced by Angus Bills)

Pat was the 1st player in our history, starting on the mound in our first ever game in 1926. “Paddy Ohlstrom”, as he was commonly known, was a founding father of the Kensington Baseball Club.  He made an enormous contribution to not just the Kensington Baseball Club, but also South Australian Baseball as a whole, on the field and also as an administrator.

On the 5th of July 1915 at the age of 24 Paddy enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces. He served his country with distinction and at the end of the war went back to his profession as a clerk.

His real passion was for baseball and the Kensington Baseball Club.  He played 10 seasons in A grade, amassing 106 games. During the majority of this time he was both Captain and Coach.  From 1927 to 1935 he played for South Australia and was captain of the team, whilst also being a selector.  In 1929 he was selected to play for Australia and was named vice captain.

During this time he took over the reigns as the South Australian Baseball League President, a role that he fulfilled with distinction.

Paddy was awarded KBC life membership in 1937 and SABL life membership only one year later. In 1954 he was selected in the All-Time SABL team and was named Captain.

The Ohlstrom Shield is a league award that was named in his honour, an award that Kensington has won numerous times in recent years.

Paddy passed away in 1940 at the age of 49 and we unfortunately were unable to locate any next of kin to accept this award. Therefore, club historian Chris Jones accepted the award on his behalf, which will be proudly displayed in the KBC club rooms. (Photograph shows Club Historian, Chris Jones accepting Pat Ohlstrom’s award)

 

Congratulations to all of our inaugural Hall of Fame inductees, 2017!

HALL OF FAME 2018

 

CHRIS JONES – 2018

Chris began his time at Kensington in season 1972/73 at the age of 13. He played 32 junior games for the club prior to joining the senior ranks.
In his staggering 46 years as a player he has participated in over 700 games for Kensington, this includes four Premierships & six Best & Fairest awards. Chris has also coached more than 500 games over the course of 30 seasons.
As well as being a tough competitor on the field, Chris has worked tirelessly for the club in numerous portfolios.
In his 25 years on the committee he has filled pivotal roles including, Vice President, Senior Baseball representative & Players representative.
Perhaps the most under recognized contribution Chris has made has been as Club Historian. As a club, we are so lucky to have immaculately looked after and accurate records of our history, dating back all the way to the beginning of our club. This is thanks to Chris.
In season 1991-92 Chris was awarded Player Life Membership & in season 2004-05 he was recognized for his tremendous service by being awarded Life Membership.
Chris has been a past recipient of club awards including the Ivan Parslow award, the Bruce Hender award and the very prestigious Arthur MacDonald award.
In summary, if it needs to be done, Chris will be first to put up his hand. From umpiring, to scoring, to manning the bar or marking the diamond. Chris has done it all with an infectious smile and a rather distinct giggle.

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