The Saint Joseph Baseball Hall of Fame has announced a fourth inductee for its 2023 class. Nanetta “Nan” Carter will be enshrined alongside Larry and Martha Orth, Buzz Verduzco and Stan Weston.
A pioneer in the local growth of women’s sports, Carter founded and coached two women’s softball programs. In 1961, the Northwest Missouri State University alumna started the North Missouri C.T.’s fast-pitch team in Bethany. That team went on to capture seven state championships, also obtaining runner-up status eight times. She also coached the C.T. Timers program for players aged 35 and up, winning two national championships. While also serving as a teacher and physical education instructor for nearly 30 years, Carter’s coaching career lasted more than 40.
Since the turn of the century, Carter’s impact and legacy have only strengthened. She has already been enshrined in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, the Missouri Amateur Softball Association Softball Hall of Fame and the North Central Missouri College Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2007, she received the Sprint Spirit Award presented by the Women’s Intersport Network.
A decade later, Carter was honored as the 2016-17 Lead Gift Contributor at the North Central Missouri College Foundation Celebration, donating $100,000 to restore Geyer Hall. She also received the 2017 Award of Distinction at the Missouri Community College Association convention and the USA Softball Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Carter and the rest of this year’s class will be honored at Phil Welch Stadium before the St. Joseph Mustangs game this Saturday, June 24.