The 2019 Hall of Fame inductions will move to Kentucky, as former Chilicothe Paint Mitch House will be the newest inductee inaugurated into the Frontier League Hall of Fame. This will be the second stop for the enshrinement of the 6th Hall of Fame Class in 2019.
Mitch House began his professional career after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1990 draft in the 4th round. After six seasons in the Pirates organization, the right-handed power hitter signed with the Chilicothe Paints at the beginning of the 1996 season.
In Mitch House’s three seasons with the Paints, he totaled a .300 batting average, 181 RBI, 50 home runs, 232 hits and .997 OPS in 773 at-bats across 225 games. Until he retired after the 1998 season Mitch was a formidable hitter in Chilicothe’s lineup.
Fellow Frontier League Hall of Famer and former Chilicothe Paint owner, Chris Hanners, described House as, “an extremely strong and versatile player during his years with the Paints. He and Frontier League Hall of Famers Scott Pinoni and Gator McBride made up arguably the strongest 3-4-5 hitters in one line-up League history.”
All three years House made the Post-Season All-Star team, two at third base and one at first. House’s 1996 season, and his first in the Frontier League, saw him lead the league in hits, home runs, and RBI.
House’s numbers recognized him as a Frontier League great, but his work ethic and competitiveness helped earn himself a spot in the League Hall of Fame. “He was an incredible combo of power hitter and great fielder, but above all else he was his fierce competitiveness.” Are some words former broadcasters of the Chilicothe Paints, Kevin Rouch, in regards to Mitch House.
“How much he loved the game, loved to play, and loved to compete,” former Paints coach Marty Dunn said of House’s personality. “He played hard no matter what.”
“I am truly honored to join my teammates and the other Hall of Famers of this great league.” Mitch expressed about his induction into the league.
The induction ceremony will take place this Sunday, June 16, at UC Health Stadium before the Freedom takes on the Lake Erie Crushers at 5:35 PM ET. With the gates opening at 4:35 PM ET , the ceremony will be set to start at 5:05 PM ET.
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