ARCATA (July 17) — The Humboldt Crabs are pleased to announce our Hall of Fame Class of 2015. They will be officially inducted at the game on Saturday, July 18.
Fred Papini (1945-1966) ~ Douglas Clayton (1948-1952)
Billy Olsen (1967) ~ Lute Barnes (1967)
Paul Ziegler (1977-1981) ~ Shane Turner (1982-1983)
Scott Eskra (1995) ~ Joe Gerber (1997-1998)
Nick Giacone (2003-2004)
2003 Team ~ 43 Wins/5 Losses (Stats)
Bill(y) Olsen was a left handed pitcher. He pitched for the Crabs in 1967. Graduate of Eureka High. #1 Overall pick in the 1968 January MLB Draft (Yankees).
Shane Turner played the infield for the Crabs in 1982 and 1983 (?). He went to CSU Fullerton. He made his MLB debut for the Mariners on August 19, 1988. He also played for the Phillies and Orioles.
Fred Papini was the original groundskeeper for the Crabs. He also was the clubhouse manager and ran the concessions for the first few years of the Crabs.
Scott Eskra played leftfield for the Crabs in 1995. That year he led the team in runs, hits, homeruns, RBI, and slugging percentage. He went to CR and Mississippi State.
Paul Ziegler is a 1976 graduate of Fortuna High. He played centerfield for the Crabs in 1979, 80 and 81(?). He also played for four years at USC.
Nick Giacone played 1st base and the outfield for the Crabs from 2001 – 2003. He was nicknamed Nick “the stick” Giacone.
Joe Gerber was the Crabs leadoff hitter and outfielder during the 1997 and 1998 years. He also played baseball at Fresno State from 1996 – 1999.
Doug Clayton played with the Crabs in 1949 and 1951 – 1953. He was primarily a catcher for the Crabs. He was also a member of the 1947 Cal baseball team that won the inaugural College World Series.
Lute Barnes played SS and 2b for the Crabs in 1967. He went to Oregon State. He played for the New York Mets in 1972 and 1973.