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Earl Hyder started making headlines as an all-city and all-state football player and an all-state baseball player at Lincoln High School.
He continued playing amateur baseball in the area’s City, Sunset and Valley leagues for more than a dozen years. Two of those teams won American Amateur Baseball Congress national championships and another placed second.
Hyder was an outfielder on the 1956 Stanley Shoemen team that became the first club west of the Mississippi River to take the title. In 1960, his two-run homer against Detroit in the title game helped the Cheney Studs take home the trophy. He had 11 hits in 20 at-bats during the series, a .550 average, and he earned All-America honors that year. Sandwiched in between the title years was a second-place finish with the Woodworth Contractor’s in 1958.