CANTON A former Jackson baseball standout was one of nine former Malone University student-athletes and one head coach who have been selected to the 34th annual class of the Malone University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Rob Dewolf, a 1986 Malone graduate, will be officially inducted at a 6:30 p.m. banquet on Jan. 25, 2019, in the Johnson Center on the university’s campus and will also be recognized at halftime of the Malone men’s basketball team’s game against Alderson Broaddus University at Osborne Hall that day.
Dewolf, a communications major at Malone, was a three-year member of the Pioneer baseball team. A 1981 graduate of Massillon Jackson High School, he went on to play six seasons of minor league baseball, rising as high as the Triple-A level.
An outfielder, Dewolf earned a spot the lineup as a freshman in the spring of 1982 and made an immediate impact, helping Malone capture three consecutive Mid-Ohio Conference Championships and NAIA District 22 Titles in 1982 and 1983.
In 1984, his final collegiate season, he collected MOC and NAIA District 22 First Team honors.
During his Malone career, Dewolf compiled 42 extra-base hits, 33 stolen bases and 59 RBI. He was selected in the seventh round of the 1984 Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and posted a .277 career batting average with 116 stolen bases, 93 doubles, 22 triples, 31 homers and 234 RBI throughout his six seasons of professional baseball.
He is a freelance writer and editor who retired in October 2016 after working for 17 years at the Columbus Dispatch. Dewolf and his wife, Jami, reside in Westerville and the couple has one daughter, Emily.
Established in 1985, the Malone University Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in athletics while at the university and to qualify, athlete inductees must be graduates of Malone, must have graduated at least 10 years prior to selection, must exemplify the highest ideals of intercollegiate athletics and must have earned two letters in one or more sports.