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Dick Roth

Inducted 2002

Elgin High School Class of 1943

Biography

Inducted as a friend of sports, Dick Roth was a longtime promoter and supporter of athletics and athletes in Elgin. A 1943 graduate of Elgin High School, he played basketball for the Maroons. After graduating, he went on to pitch for the Elgin American Legion team and several other semi-pro and amateur teams in the area. He was the founder of the Elgin Athletic Club semi-pro baseball team which won the 1959 Illinois State Championship and finished second in the nation. As owner, Roth continually brought in top-notch semi-pro baseball to the area. Dick later became very active in the Elgin American Little League as a team manager and league secretary for 12 years. He sponsored baseball teams in Little League, Fox Valley Senior Babe Ruth, and Thorobred leagues for over 20 years. Furthermore, he sponsored both men's and women's softball teams and men's basketball teams in the Elgin City League for many years. Roth, known as "Bimbo," was also instrumental in helping get lights installed for the Elgin Teener League. The city of Elgin honored Roth by dedicating Field #4 at the Elgin Sports Complex in his memory. In addition, Elgin American Little League named the Major 1 Little League Boys Field in his honor for all the work and effort he contributed on the league's behalf.