Mark Znidar The Columbus Dispatch
Clippers president and general manager Ken Schnacke, who has spent all but one year of his career in the team’s front office, has been elected to the International League hall of fame.
During his tenure the team has won the Governors’ Cup 10 times, made the playoffs 18 times and has developed a national reputation for being fan friendly and a business model for minor league operations.
A large chunk of Schnacke’s legacy will be his taking the lead in the franchise’s rebirth with a move to Huntington Park in the Arena District in 2009 from ancient Cooper Stadium. He had a heavy hand in the design of the park, which has won numerous awards as the best professional baseball stadium.
The Clippers have attracted at least 600,000 spectators each season in Huntington Park.
Schnacke also was responsible for establishing a working agreement with the Cleveland Indians nine years ago, and the result has been two Governors’ Cup championships and one national championship. The contract has been extended for two seasons.
After graduating from Ohio Northern University, Schnacke was named business manager of the Amarillo Gold Sox in 1976. The following season the Clippers hired him as director of operations, a term that lasted through the ’83 season.
He became the Clippers general manager in ’89 and added the responsibility of team president in 2001.
Schnacke had a difficult act to follow. Predecessor George Sisler Jr. was the team’s president and general manager and an International League president for 10 years.