Two Inner S.E. residents inducted into P.I.L. Hall of Fame
For Ray Hyde, the wait was 66 years
The 16th Portland Interscholastic League (P.I.L.) Hall of Fame Banquet began, for Ray Hyde, with a letter he received last June, inviting him to appear as one of 55 inductees at the annual banquet on October 9th at the Multnomah Athletic Club downtown. He was proud to attend, and received a plaque recognizing his induction into the local Hall of Fame.
Hyde, a lifelong Sellwood resident who lives on S.E. Lexington Street, graduated from Washington High in 1950. In high school, he was a two-time Basketball letter winner, All-PIL First Team, and then in his years at Lewis and Clark College he was a four-year Baseball letter winner, First Team All-NAIA, and First Team All-Northwest Conference. He pitched four no-run, no-hit games between 1949 and 1954.
He went on to play professional baseball with the Sacramento Solons of the PCL in 1955, before being drafted into the Army. In 1957, after his service was completed, he played Winter Baseball in Panama, then between 1958 and 1960 he played pro ball in Lewiston and Salem, before moving on to teach high school in Oregon City. He has also taught and lived in Munich, Germany. He was elected to the Lewis and Clark Hall of Fame in 1986, and since 1992 he has been retired, and living in the home he grew up in, in Sellwood.
All these years later, the letter said, he was to be immortalized in the P.I.L. Hall of Fame.
His only regret, he says, was that his friend and fellow Sellwood resident Jack Keller, who was also to receive the honor, had died earlier this year, and thus became one of three posthumous inductees at this year's ceremony.
Keller, who was a 1946 P.I.L. high school graduate, was in his high school years a three-year Football letter winner, and First Team All-PIL, as well as being a four-year Basketball letter winner, a member of four PIL Championship teams (including one State Championship team, and one State Runner-Up team), two-time State Basketball All-Tournament team member, and First Team All-PIL.
Keller went on to the University of Oregon, where he was a three-year Football letter winner, Second Team All-Conference, and team Outstanding Player.