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    Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame Spotlight: Bill Ewing (Inducted 2003)

    Bill Ewing is considered one of the best hitters in the storied history of Post-22 baseball.  With an uncommon ability for hitting for power and average, Ewing played on three state champions including the 1970 team, which started the Hard Hats remarkable 18-year run as South Dakota American Legion state champion. 

    Ewing was named the South Dakota Legion Player of the Year in 1972.  His brother Joe kept the POY award in the family the following year while Bill began his college career at the University of Wyoming.

    At Wyoming, Ewing established himself as the finest hitter to ever play for the Cowboys.  Wyoming competed in the Western Athletic Conference, a college baseball power producing four College World Series participants and the 1976 National Champion during Ewing’s tenure

    Ewing earned All-WAC honors his junior and senior years alongside baseball greats Bob Horner, Floyd Bannister and Ron Hassey.  In 1976, the 6’ and 165 lb outfielder set the national home run record with 23, and was named to both College Baseball Coaches All-American Team, and the Sporting News All-American Team.  Ewing received the Admiral Emory S. Land award for Outstanding University of Wyoming Athlete after his senior year, and was inducted into the University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

    Following a stellar senior season at Wyoming, Ewing became a 4th round pick of the California Angels in 1976 and began an impressive climb through the Angel’s minor league system.  Ewing batted .309 and hit 29 home runs while driving in 120 runs in his first full professional campaign in 1977 at Class A Salinas.  The following year at the AA level, Ewing batted .305 and hit 25 home runs while driving in 106 runs.  Unfortunately, a devastating shoulder injury suffered towards the end of Ewing’s 1978 campaign proved career-altering.  Ewing retired from professional baseball the following year.

    Listen to the interview with Bill Ewing where he reflects upon his career:

    Link to statistics from Bill Ewing's professional career.

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