On Sept. 24, 2014 Todd Joerling of New Melle was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. He is the first softball player to be inducted since the Hall was founded in 2009. About 50 people from the New Melle area, including 15-20 family members attended the event to help celebrate his accomplishment.
Todd is one of the most decorated players in the annals of Independent Sports Association history, and carried a lifetime batting average of .720. He stands as one of softball’s all-time greatest players, and is quite possibly the best short stop the game has ever known. Todd is also highly respected for his personal character both on and off the field and is a genuine ambassador for the sport of softball.
With his induction, Todd joins the ranks of other outstanding St. Louis area sports figures, including Matt Carpenter, Kurt Warner, Ozzie Smith, Whitey Herzog, Lou Brock, Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace, Brett Hull, Bob Plager and more.
On behalf of the community, The Boone Country Connection congratulates Todd on his outstanding achievements and for being a positive role model in our community. Congratulations Todd!
* Special thanks to Janet Karrenbrock and Kathy Joerling for providing photos and information for this article.