A famous cowboy, a construction visionary, a devoted pitchman and a Valley civic leader … all helped build Valley baseball and are 2016 inductees into the Cactus League Hall of Fame.
The four were announced Wednesday at the Cactus League Breakfast and will be honored in a free public ceremony beginning at 6:45 p.m. March 5 as part of the Scottsdale Spring Training Festival.
Gene Autry, Del Webb, Robert Brinton and Jim Bruner came from vastly different backgrounds and professions, but they were bound together by their love for baseball and community.
Bruner, a banker by trade, has a long history as a Valley civic leader. He’s a life member of the Scottsdale Charros, a volunteer group that helps support Scottsdale spring training. He served two terms on both the Scottsdale City Council and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
As a supervisor, he cast the deciding vote for a stadium that would become home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bruner also served as chairman of the Maricopa County Stadium District and was instrumental in developing a plan with then Gov. Rose Mofford to stabilize and expand the Arizona Cactus League.
Bruner is the only living member of the 2016 ...