Former Rock Gets Inducted

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East Rockaway alumnus Ken Widman (Class of ’61) was inducted into the East Rockaway High School Athletic Wall of Fame on March 4 for his outstanding achievements in baseball and basketball.

During his time in East Rockaway, Widman played varsity baseball for four years and varsity basketball for two years. He was the school’s first baseball player to be named to the All Nassau County baseball team in 1961. He was one of only 16 players selected for the team. Widman went on to attend Long Island Agricultural & Technical Institute (SUNY Farmingdale) where he earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration and played baseball. 

On May 10, 1963, his team, the Long Island Aggies, played against NY City Community College in a Region XV tournament game for the JUCO World Series Tournament. On that day, he pitched an 18-inning complete game, recording 32 strikeouts along the way. Ken carried a no hitter into the 10th inning before giving up the first hit with two outs. The game remained scoreless until the Aggies scored in the top of the 18th inning and won the game with a 2-0 victory.  

That summer, Widman signed a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds and played in Class (A) Rocky Mountain & Peninsula, (AA) Knoxville & Asheville and (AAA) San Diego. He recorded 600 innings, 32 wins, 401 strikeouts, and 3.87 ERA in his minor league professional baseball career from 1963-1968. Due to a shoulder injury, he retired from professional baseball in 1968 at the age of 24.
 
Widman is also a member of the SUNY Farmingdale Athletic Wall of Fame.