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Filed under Athletic News, Campus News on 1/18/2013 by Author: Chris Shaw.

Two OU Zanesville Tracers inducted in Hall of Fame

The Muskingum Valley Old Timer Baseball Association will induct former Ohio University Zanesville Baseball assistant coach Heath Watton and current assistant and former Ohio University Zanesville Tracer star John Hamilton into its Hall of Fame on Monday, January 21, at the Knights of Columbus.


Watton, a graduate of John Glenn and Muskingum University, was assistant baseball coach for the Tracers from 1996-2002. He has been active in local baseball for many years.


Hamilton was a four-year member of the Tracer Baseball team, was selected All ORCC and was inducted into Ohio University Zanesville’s Hall of Fame in 2007. A native of Barnesville, Hamilton has served as baseball assistant coach since 2002.


The Old Timers have been significant supporters of local baseball in the area since 1955 and is a non-profit volunteer group that raises over $200,000 a year for its programs. They built the Tom Checkush Baseball diamond at the Ohio University Zanesville campus and have spent well over $200,000 since 1976 on the building and upkeep of the diamond.


Athletic Director and Baseball coach Doug Pollock is a former two-term president of the Old Timers and started the Hall of Fame ceremony twenty-seven years ago. He was inducted in 1994.

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