Manchester University alumnus Jim Wharton '84 was inducted into the ACME Baseball Congress Hall of Fame Saturday, July 21.
As ACME baseball concludes its 58th year, Coach Wharton has been a part of it for 34 years at Crestview High School where he leads the Cougars' varsity program. Wharton was introduced earlier in the day at the 2018 State ACME tournament on the campus of Defiance High School.
Crestview High School Guidance Counselor Dave Springer spoke on behalf of Coach Wharton to open the ceremonies. "It was a privilege to have been an assistant to Coach Wharton for 20 years," Springer said. "Of all the things I could say about him, I will always admire how he treated his players. Sometimes the words team and family can be thrown out there and lack a genuine feel….not so in Coach Wharton's program. God gives kids different abilities and skills, but Jim treats the all-state kids and the freshmen the same. He creates that environment with his staff and players. That is why his relationships with his current and former players are so special."
Wharton and Lima (Shawnee) High School head coach Chad Spencer become the 30 and 31st members of the ACME baseball Hall of Fame during the weekend. Wharton was previously inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.