Little League International Mourns the Passing of John Bankert
Little League International today mourns the passing of John Bankert, who served on the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Board of Directors, and was Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
“Our thoughts and prayers go to John’s wife, Joan, and the Bankert family at this difficult time,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “He was a professional in every sense, and we were privileged that he was a part of the Little League family.”
Mr. Bankert began working at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964 in the film library. He worked his way through the ranks, eventually being named Administrative Assistant, then Business Manager and then Vice President of Operations. In 1996, the Hall’s Board of Trustees selected Mr. Bankert as the museum’s fourth Executive Director. The title President was added later. He served in that capacity through his retirement on Dec. 31, 2005.
Mr. Bankert also served as President of the International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame (today known as the International Sports Heritage Association). In 1993, he was awarded that organization’s highest honor, the prestigious Schroeder Award for Distinguished Service.