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Hoepfinger among local contingent going into WNY baseball hall

SOON TO BE INDUCTED — Bob Hoepfinger of Hamburg will be among the class of 2013 inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame.
Noted as a two-way player who played with speed and could hit the ball well, Bob Hoepfinger of Hamburg will be inducted into the Western New York Hall of Fame, after enjoying a career that spanned into college ball and the Buffalo MUNY League.

Hoepfinger will be joined by Woodlawn native Chet Figiel in the class of 2013, during an induction ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Lake Erie Italian Club, located at 3200 South Park Ave. in Lackawanna.

This Timon graduate was a three-year All-Catholic outfielder, who was on a Tigers team that won a regular season title. He was named the team’s most valuable player and served as team captain in 1968, under Coach Mel Palano.

He was also noted as an impact player in the MUNY League.

Hoepfinger played as a four-year regular at Marietta College in Ohio and led the team in batting, two seasons. He set records for hitting and runs batted in, while at Marietta, and was voted to the all-regional and all-conference teams.

Later, he coached at Neumann High School for five years and won the Catholic League regular season title, in 1976.

Figiel, an all-county shortstop and two-way star for Woodlawn High School, played a year of professional minor league baseball. He also played AAA MUNY and in the Suburban League, while attending high school.

He joined the United States Navy and was stationed at the Naval Air Base in Memphis, where he became a teacher and then a high school principal.

Figiel will join his brother Stan in the hall of fame, which is in its 17th year of honoring Suburban, MUNY and Cheektowaga Classic League players and umpires and coaches, along with other figures in WNY baseball.
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