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The board of directors for the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame announces that Hudson native David Starn will be one of the 17 2014 Hall of Fame Honorees inducted into The Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.
GABHoF alumni and the greater Akron public are invited at the Stow Youth Baseball Hall at 5 p.m. July 20 to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2014.
For reservations and ticket information to attend the 2014 Induction Banquet, call 330-603-8752, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starn has gone through his entire baseball career a victim of speed discrimination. At each level, the young man who personifies the term "crafty lefty" has beaten the odds and proven that he knows how to pitch and win baseball games even if doesn't throw hard enough to make the radar gun get excited.
The lifetime Hudson resident was given a shot with the Walsh Jesuit High School baseball team and responded by being a starting pitcher for three seasons, helping the Warriors win Division II state championships in 2006 and 2008.
Kent State offered Starn a uniform and a chance to pitch. He developed into a four-year letterman and established several school records, including most wins (29).
He was the ace of the staff when KSU made the first appearance in school history by a male team in an NCAA championship event in 2012 at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The former walk-on was named the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2012 when he posted an 11-3 record and 2.25 earned-run average. He also earned second-team All-America honors. He was the MVP of the MAC Tournament in both 2011 and 2012 and was a first-team All-MAC honoree in 2011 and 2012 and a second-team selection in 2010.
Starn was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.
Starn signed with the Braves and was sent to the franchise's Class A team in Rome, Ga.
Starn underwent labrum surgery on his pitching shoulder in May 2013 and spent the next 10 months rehabbing his shoulder in Orlando. Starn reported to the Braves' spring training facility at the Disney complex in March and was released.
Starn is continuing to work to regain his pitching form and is optimistic that he will be able to hook on with another organization next spring when his shoulder is completely healed. He also is continuing work to finish his degree at Kent State University.
"David's athletic ability and knowledge of the game is appreciated by many in the Akron baseball community," said Carl Rakich, GABHoF Induction Chairman, a 1985 Inductee.
The 2014 GABHoF Induction Ceremony will honor 17 individuals that include major and minor league players (such as Mike Hargrove, Andy Sonnanstine, Drew Saylor, Jamie Brown, James Farrell, and Scott Pratt), amateur players, coaches, umpires and administrators. These 17 individuals have contributed greatly to the preservation and enhancement of the game of baseball in the greater Akron area communities.