Anthony L. 'Tony' Mencrief, Sr. - Baseball - Softball
(1961 - ____)
Year Inducted: 2012
Tony was born on January 17, 1961 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan to Joe and Bernice Moncrief. He attended Port Huron Public Schools. Tony graduated from Port Huron Northern High School in June of 1979. At PHN, he participated in basketball and in baseball. Tony excelled in baseball where he earned 3 varsity letters. He earned All-League (EML) honors in both his junior and senior years. He also made the All Blue Water Area First Team in 1979. Probably his most memorable moment as a Husky was when he helped propel his team into the Michigan Class “A” Finals. In the Semi-Final game against East Kentwood, he made a game saving catch in the final inning to preserve the 2-1 victory. Advancing to the State Finals is the farthest that PHN Baseball has placed to this date. Huskies were defeated in the Finals by Detroit Catholic Central 6-4.
After high school, Tony signed a professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds. He played in the Reds and Oakland A’s organizations for 5 years.
In local softball, Tony played for 10 years in the Competitive Sports Modified Softball League. In 1987, while playing for the Secory Flyers he won the league batting title with a phenomenal .580 average. He also captured the MVP Award in the Port Huron Pop Coco Little Caesars Tournament. The Flyers won 5 Tournaments, one of them being the State Championship. Tony was one of the Secory Flyers team members inducted into the Michigan Softball Hall of Fame.
Tony was also the Saint Clair County Community College Baseball Teams batting coach from 2008-2010. He coached the Port Huron Athletics during the same time period.
Tony has been involved in baseball and softball for a total of 43 years which includes playing, coaching and umpiring. He is currently still giving to the youth of the area by being involved as a personal hitting coach for those who seek his help.