Neville Pratt, a longtime baseball administrator who featured at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, has been named as a 2021 inductee into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Pratt, who passed away in 2012 aged 81, and former Big Leaguer Justin Huber are this year's inductees into the Hall of Fame, which launched in 2005 and recognises players, officials and administrators who have achieved excellence domestically or abroad.
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Pratt was Australian Baseball Federation president from 1987-1998 after serving more than a decade on the Australian Baseball Council. He was a strong advocate of the importance of international baseball to Australia’s development, and served in a number of leadership roles in WA.
Pratt was elected as president of the Baseball Confederation of Oceania and vice president of the Asian Baseball Federation. He also spent time on the International Baseball Federation Board and helped open the door for Australia to qualify for the Olympics through Oceania, as they did in 2004 when they claimed an historic silver medal in Athens.
He himself was an Olympian after representing Australia at the 1956 event in Melbourne. Pratt also played for Australia at a number of other events, including the 1978 and 1980 World Cups. He was an eight-time WA Claxton Shield representative.
Pratt was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1992 for his service to baseball and in the same year gained Australian Baseball Federation life membership.
Huber and Pratt are the first inductees into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame since 2018.
Earlier this year, Pratt was named in the group of inaugural inductees into the Baseball WA Hall of Fame. Click HERE to read his full story.
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