Last Updated on May 14, 2023 by S Jason Cole
Excelsior Springs native and former MLB baseball player, Shaun Marcum, is set to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at their Spring Sports Luncheon set to take place on June 7, 2023, at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, MO. Marcum, who spent 12 seasons in professional baseball (2003-2015), will headline the event.
Marcum was a standout player at Excelsior Springs High School, where he helped his team reach the Final Four in 1999 and earned USA Today All-American honors. He then went on to attend Missouri State University, where he played both as a closer and starting shortstop. In 2002, Marcum helped the team finish as the runner-up in the NCAA Regional at the University of Nebraska, and a year later, he helped the Bears reach the College World Series.
In 2003, Marcum was drafted in the third round by the Toronto Blue Jays and went on to play for the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, and Cleveland Indians during his 12-year career in professional baseball. He started 167 games, made 28 relief appearances, and logged more than 1,000 innings. During his career, Marcum compiled the seventh-highest win percentage (.628) of all major-league pitchers with over 800 innings pitched from 2007-2012. In Milwaukee, he helped the Brewers come within two wins of reaching the World Series.
After retiring from professional baseball, Marcum returned to Excelsior Springs and has continued to be involved with baseball by helping college programs such as Northwestern Oklahoma State, Missouri Southern, and Washburn. He also served as Liberty High School’s coach.
In addition to Marcum, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023 includes Missouri State University softball standout Penny Clayton, Springfield Catholic High School girls soccer coach Ben Timson, Carthage native and longtime high school & college baseball coach John Burgi, Vienna High School softball coach Mick Byrd and three eras, the 1990-1996 Era of Fatima High School Softball, and the Joplin High School Baseball Era of 2000-2003, plus the 2002 & 2015 Webb City Little League World Series Teams. Additionally, former Springfield Postmaster and longtime Second Baptist Church minister Bob Roberts will receive the Ace Award for his work with the Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.
Those interested in attending the luncheon can call the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100 for more information.
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