SRU Good News for Feb. 24, 2009
Rock graduate earns Hall of Fame honors for baseball skills
George Spetar, a 1975 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame in recognition of his standout baseball career in high school, at SRU and for his service to youth sports.
"This was a very special honor for me. Being recognized in front of my friends and family and the area that I grew up; it was very special to have them be part of all this," Spetar, who lives in Farragut, Tenn., told the Farragut Press.
The Mercer County native Spetar was one of the top baseball players ever produced in the Mercer County area. At Hickory High School, he was a three-year letterman in baseball and earned a letter in cross-country.
At SRU he set six batting records during his playing years (1972-75) and earned Academic All-American and first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors. He was inducted into the SRU Hall of Fame in 2001.
After graduating from SRU, Spetar was invited to several professional baseball tryouts, including the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. He later earned a master's degree in mathematics at The University of Tennessee, and moved to Farragut to work as a computer analyst for ALCOA.
Spetar launched the Farragut Senior Pro Baseball League in 1995 after his son failed to earn a spot on the Farragut High School team, because he realized there were no recreational baseball opportunities.
"We started basically from nothing and worked with the town of Farragut to secure the field," he said. "And we did a lot of fund-raising to make that happen."
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