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Shevlin inducted into Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame

December 5, 2018
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Mike Shevlin, Century 21 Sunbelt Realty broker, was inducted into the Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday, Nov. 10.

Roy Hobbs Baseball is an amateur baseball league for adults of all ages. The organization is named after the fictional character in the book "The Natural," by Bernard Malmud, written in 1952. The book was turned into a movie in 1984 starring Robert Redford.

"I've always loved baseball from the time I was a little boy and my father rolled the ball to me and I rolled it back," Shevlin said. "I was born in Minnesota and lived there until I was about 11 and in fifth grade started Little League."

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Mike Shevlin's Hall of Fame photo

Shevlin started pitching when he was in the Babe Ruth League. Playing in the Babe Ruth League, the players (13-18) graduate to a field where the infield is the same size as A professional baseball infield.

The Shevlin family moved to Fort Myers Beach in 1967 and at Cypress Lake High School Shevlin became a shortstop.

"This was a great team, wherever we went we won," Shevlin said. "Fire Commissioner John Cammick was on the team also. We would have won the season but we were stopped by Naples. The Naples team had a pitcher named Carlos Alfonso who would later be signed by the Texas Rangers. He threw the ball so fast we called it a 'radio ball' because you could hear it but not see it."

Shevlin played baseball at Edison College and then at Union University in Jackson Tennessee.

"Where I pitched a lot," Shevlin said. "After college I began traveling for work and baseball fell by the wayside."

"Some years later I was in my Matlacha office with a gentleman from New Zealand," Shevlin said. "He had another gentleman with him, Randy Wayne White, and the topic of baseball came up. It was Randy White who told me about this Roy Hobbs League for mature men and asked me if I wanted to play. I've been playing baseball ever since."

Shevlin has played in five age divisions from 35 year olds to 65 years old. Next year he will join the 70 and up league also known as the "Timeless League."

"I've been playing with Roy Hobbs for 24 years and for me it keeps me having fun," Shevlin said. "I see all these other guys doing the same thing, some of them older then I am. You go into a game thinking, I'm gonna kick your butt... sometimes you do and sometimes they kick your butt, and it's all part of the game. The guys that I play with, it's just fun and that's all it is. I'd like to play baseball until I can't do it any more."

The Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame will inducted 8 members with its Class of 2018. They were elected by the 61 current members of the Hall of Fame and the 14-member Board of Trustees in a process that covered the summer months.

The dinner was held at Ron Dao's Sports Grill in Fort Myers. Shevlin was awarded his Hall of Fame ring.

The website says of Shevlin: "Shevlin is a local boy at the Roy Hobbs World Series every fall. He played at Cypress Lake High School and Edison Community College in Fort Myers and has played Roy Hobbs for the past 20 years or so. He has distinguished himself in the World Series as an ace for 6 championship teams in various age divisions, in a number of instances pitching 2 games Friday and again Saturday! He has been his team's World Series MVP 12 times."

 
 

 

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