Our Players

Veteran Leadership

Two Waubonsee baseball players previously served in the armed forces. 

In 1972 Larry Peppers joined the team at age 26 after a tour in Vietnam.  Neal Wynn was drafted in 1968 by MLB and the US Marines, spending 6 years in the Corps and serving in Vietnam, joined the WCC team in 1980 at age 29.  Against the College of DuPage he hit a booming 491’ home run in a 12-8 victory in the Section IV championship game.

After his playing days were over, Waubonsee Athletic Hall of Famer Chris Hess served in Kuwait as a Marine in 1990 and in Iraq in 2003-4 with the Army.

 Where the players come from…

More Chiefs attended Aurora West High School than any other school, over 70.  Aurora East and Oswego are second with 43 apiece, and Aurora Central Catholic is close behind with 42.

Despite providing no athletic scholarships, and being a community college, out-of-state players have made significant contributions to Chiefs baseball.  Devils Lake High School in North Dakota has provided the most players (6) of any out of state school.  Several out-of-state players  went on to become Region IV All-Stars, including Chad Palmer (Devils Lake, ND),  Mike Armitage (Albany, WI), Charlie Specht (Appleton West, WI), Jeremy Birdeau  and Lance Surridge (Milwaukee Lutheran, WI), and Brian Anderson (Franklin, TN).

Portrait of Chris Hess (OF), 1986.  Hess was a great offensive talent and earned a scholarship to Western Illinois University following his Chiefs career.Portrait of Chris Hess (OF), 1986.  Hess was a great offensive talent and earned a scholarship to Western Illinois University following his Chiefs career.Portrait of Jeremy Birdeau (P/DH), 1996.  Birdeau was an All-Region IV All-Star and important member of the NJCAA Championship Runner-Up team in 1996.  Photo by Jon Cunningham.Portrait of Lance Surridge (P/DH), 1996.  Surridge earned All-Region IV All-Star status during Waubonsee's NJCAA Championship Runner Up season.  Surridge would go on to play for UNC-Greensborough and was drafted into the MLB.  He is a 2009 WCC Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.  Photo by Jon Cunningham.

Contact Info.

The Library-Archivist can be contacted via phone at (630) 466-7900 ex. 6639.