Dick Bergquist, who served as head coach of the UMass baseball team from 1967 to 1987, will be inducted into the Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday.
“I am very honored for this,” said Bergquist. “I really haven’t coached baseball in awhile. I was involved in the game from the outside, but I am fortunate to be part of their ranks.”
Bergquist, a UMass graduate and Orange native, won 392 games and reached eight conference championships. He guided UMass to the College World Series in 1969.
“I was invited back two years after I graduated to join the coaching staff,” said Bergquist. “It’s really an honor to be a part of this.”
The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at La Quinta Inn and Suites in Springfield.
Other inductees include:
Tom Grieve — Pittsfield native was a first-round pick of the Washington Senators. Spent nine years in the major leagues.
Bill Jo Robidoux — Ware native played for the Boston Red Sox and is a local umpire.
Ed Hurley — Holyoke native umpired in the American League from 1947-1965. He worked 2,826 games, four World Series and three All-Star games.
Tom Suchanek — Greenfield High School baseball coach of 45 years. He pitched for Vermont before spending some time in the Houston Astros minor leagues. He earned the New england High School coach of the Year award in 2014.
Dan Welch — Westfield resident is being recognized for his 20 years service to the town, which has hosted Babe Ruth League regional tournaments, as well as the Babe Ruth world Series last summer.
Charles “Bud” Hagan — , Westfield native spent 34 years at Westfield State as coach and administrator. Spent three seasons in Brooklyn Dodgers minor league system.
Springfield Tech — State champion teams from 1968, 1969 and 1970 combined to go 55-5.