Pattonville High School honored baseball greats associated with Pattonville during a pre-game ceremony and unveiling of baseball-shaped name placards on baseball field.
Prior to the Pattonville vs. Parkway North game on April 21, current varsity baseball players and school officials honored Bob Benben, Scott Cooper, Mark Hahn and Don Mueller for their coaching and/or playing accomplishments at Pattonville and beyond.
A brief bio of each honoree is below.
- Bob Benben - Benben served Pattonville for 32 years as a teacher, basketball and baseball coach and athletic director. As head baseball coach for 12 years, his teams earned a record of 186-93. Three teams won the Suburban North Conference Championships, one finished fourth in the state and his 1986 team won the state championship. He coached several players who went on to become professional and college players. He was inducted into the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Amateur Hall of Fame.
- Scott Cooper (Class of 1986) - Cooper pitched for Pattonville's 1986 state championship baseball team and twice earned All American honors. He was the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year in 1986. He still holds several records at Pattonville. Cooper went on to have a Major League Baseball career, playing for the Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. He was named an American League All-Star third baseman in 1993 and 1994. He currently is director for the St. Louis Gamers baseball organization in St. Louis.
- Mark Hahn (Class of 1979) - After earning conference awards playing for Pattonville, Hahn played for the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Returning to Pattonville, he coached a softball team to win the state championship in 1994. He was assistant baseball coach for the 1986 state championship team and 1987 team which finished fourth in the state. He was Pattonville's head baseball coach for 18 years and coached 13 teams that won the Suburban North Conference Championship. He was named Suburban North Coach of the Year 10 times. He was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.
- Don Mueller - Mueller, who passed away in 2011, attended Pattonville as a freshman and sophomore from 1941 to 1943. He played mainly as a right-fielder in Major League Baseball for 12 seasons from 1948 to 1959, including stints with the New York Giants and the Chicago White Sox. He was a two-time All Star (1954 and 1955) and a World Series champion in 1954. Also in 1954, Mueller led the National League in hits and finished second to his teammate Willie Mays in the National League batting race. He had a lifetime batting average of .296. Mueller's sons Mark and Kurt Mueller and great nephew Brent Mueller (a Pattonville teacher and coach) represented Mueller at the ceremony.
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