GHS Class of 1975
John is being inducted post mortem after passing in 2012. John played baseball and football during his time at Grandview Senior High School. John was instrumental in starting the baseball program at GHS, playing on the first two teams in school history. In baseball, John broke and still holds the GHS single season records for strikeouts with 111, innings pitched with 66 and 2/3, and complete games with 7. John holds the record for most strikouts in a game with 20, in a 10 inning game. He also still holds the career record for E.R.A. at 1.58. John threw a no-hitter in the last game of his career vs. Fort Osage, striking out 15 batters.
After graduation, John continued his baseball career at Crowder College where he was drafted by the Mets. He turned down those offers to Pitch at Tulsa University. At Tulsa, He was selected in the 1978 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros in the third round, 63rd overall and signed. John played four seasons in the minor leagues making it to the Double-A Level. He was on the 40 man roster for the Astros, with the Likes of Nolan Ryan and J.R. Richards when his career was cut short after suffering a rotator cuff injury.
John was survived by his three daughters, Julie, Lori, and Kristi along with three granddaughters. John's favorite athletic memory at GHS according to his sister was pitching that no-hitter his senior year. Accepting John's award is his sister, Gloria Hessler-Brinker.