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William Reedy, First Base

Inducted into FOBL Hall of Fame: 2018

Drafted in the first round (1st overall) by the Norman Tornadoes in 2001.

Norman Tornadoes/Des Moines Delinquents (2001-2016)

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Career:
16 seasons, .321 BA, .961 OPS, 451 HR, 1,514 BB

Best season:
2005: .362 BA, 1.053 OPS, 33 HR, 122 R, 122 RBI

Awards:
GL MVP 2005, 2013
GL Silver Slugger 2005, 2013
All-Star Team 2003-2010, 2013-2015
All-FOBL First Team 2005, 2010, 2013
All-FOBL Second Team 2002, 2003, 2008
All-Futures First Team 2001
Member of 2013 FOBL Champion Des Moines Delinquents

The first player in FOBL history, William Reedy proved an excellent pick for the Norman Tornadoes, with just one catch - the team's move west to Des Moines after the 2001 season. Reedy played his entire 16-year career with the Norman/Des Moines franchise, retiring as the all-time franchise leader in 14 different categories - batting average (.321), on-base percentage (.417), OPS (939), games (2,453), at bats (9,147), runs (1,735), hits (2,934), total bases (4,932), singles (1,873), doubles (575), homeruns (451), RBI (1,664), walks (1,514) and strikeouts (1,277). It is no wonder Reedy was affixed with the honorarium "Mr. Delinquent."

A tender 23 during the FOBL's inaugural season, Reedy helped Norman to the first-ever Solecismic Series by hitting .387 with 29 homeruns during 2001. Reedy was voted to the All-Futures First Team for his efforts. He was voted All-FOBL Second Team each of the following two seasons.

Reedy came into his own during 2005, when he hit .362 with 33 homeruns to earn Gindin Silver Slugger and MVP honors despite playing for a last-place team. 2005 was also the first of three All-FOBL First Team selections for Reedy.

In 2013, Reedy experienced a career renaissance at age 34. Coming off of the worst full season of his career to date, Reedy won MVP and Silver Slugger honors for a second time after hitting a league-leading .346 with 32 homeruns and leading the league in on-base percentage (.419) for the fifth time. Reedy hit .315 during the postseason and recorded the clinching final out as the Delinquents earned their first FOBL Championship. Reedy was the captain of that team, as well as each of Des Moines' other three Prairie Division-winning teams during his career.

Noted for his consistency, Reedy was named to 11 Gindin League All-Star teams. He hit over .300 11 times, including the first seven years of his career. He also played 162 games eight times in 16 seasons, including his final campaign at age 38.

Reedy retired with 2,934 hits, at the time the sixth-best mark in FOBL history. He also ranked second as of his retirement with 1,514 walks.

Following Reedy's 2013 MVP selection, the street running in front of The Cell, the Des Moines stadium, was renamed Reedy Way. Des Moines mayor Jeff Creighton also named February 14, 2014 William Reedy Day in the city of Des Moines. Reedy's #93 jersey was retired by the Delinquents in a ceremony honoring him on Opening Day 2017.

Reedy was voted to the FOBL Hall of Fame in 2018, his first year on the ballot, receiving 33 of a possible 35 votes.