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Mustangs announce 2019 St. Joseph Baseball Hall of Fame class

05/31/2019 8:47 AM -

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)— The 2019 St. Joseph Baseball Hall of Fame Class will feature Bob Slater and Denise Cotter.

"St. Joseph is a great town for baseball and softball. It's a wonderful community, and there are some really special people who have contributed," said Mustangs General Manager Ky Turner. "Denise has been such an important part of the Mustangs and I am sure the Saints would have said the same. Our host families are so important, and Denise leads the charge for so many years. Her impact will be felt for years. Bob has been such involved in baseball in so many ways and is such an asset for our community. Whenever I have a question about the history of baseball in St. Joseph, I always know to call Bob first. He has such a vast knowledge and is always willing to share. He has impacted the game in so many different ways. We are so lucky to have both Bob and Denise part of our community."

Cotter worked for the Mustangs organization for a decade before retiring at the end of last season.

“It was a shocking surprise,” Cotter said. “It does mean a lot to me being able to help so many players and families. It was always fun being involved.”

Cotter was the Host Family Coordinator for the St. Joseph Mustangs for the first 10 years of the organization, but she wasn’t a stranger to the responsibility. Cotter also spent nearly 10 years in the same role for the Saints.

“I just wanted to make sure the players had a stable home when they were here for the summer,” Cotter said.

Being around the ballpark is in Cotter’s blood, she played softball growing up, while she had three brothers who played baseball.

Cotter’s son also played baseball and even went on to play college ball.

Bob Slater has been heavily involved in the history of baseball locally in St. Joseph.

“I’m both flattered and embarrassed,” Slater said. “It’s a great recognition and I am flattered to be a part of this group.”

Slater grew up playing baseball in grade school—loving the game and playing first base. He remembers his passion for baseball started when he watched the 1942 Cardinals win the World Series.

He treasures the memories of baseball in St. Joseph and seeing legends and Hall of Famers like Earl Weaver.

Slater has spent his life helping several organizations and groups around St. Joseph, and the ball field will always hold a special place in his heart.

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