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Legendary Plainsmen baseball coach Moegle elected to Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 10:25pm  |  Updated: October 3, 2012 - 12:39am
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The Texas Sports Hall of Fame museum has had an exhibit for several years recognizing the achievements of Bobby Moegle.

Soon, the coach who led Monterey to four state baseball championships will be a full-fledged member. Moegle said he was notified Tuesday by a Texas Sports Hall of Fame official that he’s been elected to the 2012 class.

“I’ll just be really, really honored to be there,” he said, “because I didn’t think there was a chance a li’l ol’ high school baseball coach could get in with that group. Everybody I talked to said the same thing, that it would be a low-percentage shot that I could get it.”

Museum curator Jay Black said he could not confirm any details about the next class, because arrangements still are being made with honorees to set a date for their enshrinement. The Hall of Fame museum is located in Waco, and the annual induction ceremony is conducted there, usually in February.

Moegle said he was apprised of his selection by the Hall’s board chairman, Carroll Dawson.

“I was kind of overwhelmed,” he said. “I wasn’t too inquisitive. I was just tickled to death.”

Moegle led Monterey to the state tournament 13 times in the state’s highest classification, losing five times in the semifinals, four times in the championship game and winning state in 1972, 1974, 1981 and 1996.

He won 1,115 games in a 40-year career, all at Monterey, where he retired in 1999.

Moegle automatically was carried over from last year’s ballot as one of the top five vote-getters who did not make the cut. He was among 20 nominees on the primary ballot, from which six were to be elected.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame has a selection committee consisting of more than 20 media members, as well as a fan vote component.

High school coaches face stiff competition to get in with the success of Texas pro sports teams and its history of stars from the Southwest and Big 12 conferences.

In recent years, however, they have received growing support. Boys basketball coach Robert Hughes from Fort Worth Dunbar was elected in 2003, girls basketball coach Leta Andrews from Granbury was chosen in 2007 and football coach G.A. Moore, who made his mark mostly at Pilot Point and Celina, made it in in 2011.

Like Moegle, all are among the winningest high school coaches nationally in their sport.

Moegle said he also noticed the Hall includes Texas schoolboy coaching legends P.E. Shotwell, Chuck Moser and Gordon Wood.

“They were all phenomenal in the football world,” he said. “So I was really honored.”

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