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Floyd Thierolf of Fremont and Albert Parr of Scribner are among the 2018 Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame class that will be enshrined in February.

Thierolf, originally from Cedar Creek, and Parr are joined by six others for the honor.

This year’s class also includes Steve Russell of Omaha, Bill Cotton of McCook, Terrell Dreamer from Elmwood, John Svehla of York, Jan Wall of Lincoln and longtime coach Larry O’Brien of Omaha. Thierolf, Cotton, Parr and Svehla are all deceased.

Thierolf was born in 1919 and began pitching for the Fremont Nighthawks as a teenager. He soon caught the eye of a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, and he went off to compete for the team’s farm club in Daytona Beach, Fla. He went 13-10 with a 2.25 earned run average for the Daytona Beach Islanders in 1941.

Thierolf had to put his career on hiatus for several years while serving in the U.S. Army. He returned to the St. Louis system in 1946 and advanced to the Triple A-level Rochester Red Wings of the International League. He also played for the Columbus Cardinals of the South Atlantic League that year. Thierolf concluded his professional career with the Houston Buffaloes in 1947 and the Omaha Cardinals in 1947 and 1948. He died in 1987.

Parr was the starting pitcher for Dodge when he was 18. He went on to pitch in two different leagues, including the Dodge County League and the Pioneer Night League.

He also went on to play for several semi pro teams, including: Dodge, Fremont, Norfolk, Oakland, Pender, Scribner, West Point and others.

In 1949, he went 20-2 and led Dodge to a league championship. After he completed his playing career, Parr managed and umpired. He died in 1977.

Dreamer used his 6-foot-5 frame to produce many strikeouts on the mound. He was a four-year starter at Pershing College in Beatrice and signed a professional contract with the Washington Senators in January 1971. The Senators picked Dreamer in the fifth round of that year’s free-agent draft and assigned him to a Western Carolina League team based in Anderson, S.C.

Dreamer later returned to Nebraska and became a successful semipro pitcher. He helped Garland win state championships and also tossed games for teams in Hickman, Beatrice, Omaha and Lincoln. Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame officials said Dreamer finished his career with 115 victories and a .782 winning percentage.

The banquet will take place Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Holiday Inn Express on North 6th Street in Beatrice. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and activities will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors member Larry Bornschlegl at 402-469-4789.


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