Deutschman elected to Semipro Baseball Hall of Fame
By Nick Pellegrino
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SANTEE (1-2-14) â€” Buoyed by his 1,000th career victory last summer, MICKEY DEUTSCHMAN, the owner/manager of the San Diego Stars semipro baseball team, has been named as part of the Class of 2014 to the National Semipro Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Hall, an online entity for more than a decade, will open its doors for the fist time this Thanksgiving weekend in Evansville, Ind. An enshrinement dinner will feature 10 new honorees.
Deutschman, 70, took over the then Santee Stars in 1984, immediately guiding the team to a fifth-place finish at the National Baseball Congress World Series. In his 30 seasons, his ballclub has qualified for two dozen NBC appearances, thanks to numerous NBC regional and league championships.
Deutschman's exploits both on the field and administratively have been known for years. More than dozen former Stars players have played in Major League baseball; ,many more have earned college scholarships.
"All across the country, you only find a guy like Mickey once every 500 miles," said Tim Turbin, curator of the new museum. "The Hall began online 12 years ago, but we will open an all-brick facility, Mickey is definitely a deserving member."
The Stars were founded in 1981 by Marty Nellis and Pete Jernigan. Three years later, Deutschman asked to become involved.
"They said, 'Give us $4,000 because we need new uniforms,'" Deutschman mused. "By the end of the year, I was in control of the ballclub."
The Stars have also captured several international tournaments, and once defeated Team USA at the 1998 NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan. The ballclub also has defeated national teams from Taiwan, Canada and Australia, and played against squads from Cuba (when they were ranked No. 1in the world), China, Japan and other countries.
Deutschman will find his name and likeness ingraved on a shining square-foot piece of black marble and placed along side with the other inductees.
Deutschman supports the Stars himself from proceeds from Air Santee and Temperature Control, his locally owned and operated heating and air conditioning companies.