CLETUS CHAPELLE, Portland, Oregon

Inducted 1981

Player: Cletus Chapelle of Portland, Oregon started pitching in 1925 and pitched in his first State Tournament in 1928 at the age of 16.  Cletus was inactive for the next few years and returned to the game in the late 1930’s.  Cletus helped found the Northwest Tournament in Yakima and pitched in more tournaments than any other west coast player.  For many years Cletus was a Portland Club and State Association Officer, then was elected NHPA Vice President in 1953 and in 1957 was elected NHPA President.  Cletus won four Oregon State Championships (1941, 1943, 1947, 1955) and six times qualified for the Men’s Championship Class at the World Tournament.  In 1954, Cletus finished in 10th place, pitching 71.2% ringers.  His son Barry and his daughter Vicki are both Hall of Fame inductees.