Inducted February 10, 1986
Junior Kennedy was born in Oklahoma, but raised in Arvin. He distinguished himself in baseball via a 15-year professional career, seven of them in the major leagues. Kennedy didn't make the deadlines, but the versatility and dependability of the 6-foot, 195-pound infielder made him extremely valuable as a utilityman, "the kind that any club would want to have," according to Sparky Anderson, his former manager with the Cincinnati Reds. Kennedy ended his active career after the 1983 season with the Chicago Cubs and managed their Lodi farm team with the California League the following season. He was with the Cubs for the two seasons, after having spent five with Cincinnati. In 1969, Kennedy was named California League's most valuable player, withStockton. He led American Association shortstops in double plays in 1972 with 80 (for Rochester) and topped International League second basement in fielding percentage with .76 for Indianapolis in 1976.