If the Peoria Chiefs had a Hall of Fame, Joe Kruzel would be in it.

Meanwhile, the former Chiefs manager was inducted into the Toledo City Athletic League Hall of Fame at a banquet Monday in Ohio.

Kruzel, 52, went in for his high school exploits as a baseball and basketball player at Central Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1984.

It's a wonderful honor for a terrific guy, who was genuinely fun to work with while he was at the Chiefs helm here in Peoria for three seasons (2014-16).

During his stint with the Midwest League's Chiefs, Kruzel set the Peoria franchise record for all-time victories by a manager, finishing at 220 regular-season wins before the parent club Cardinals moved him on to manage short-season State College in 2017.

Kruzel earned his Peoria record-setting 211th win in a 4-3 victory over Quad Cities in the first part of a double-header at Dozer Park on Aug. 13 of the 2016 season.

He tacked on nine more before the 2016 campaign ended.

Congrats, Kruzer.

And anyone who wants to wish him well can send him a shout out on Twitter, where he is @j13kruzel.

That's Cleve In The Eve for Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. More coming on Saturday.

Dave Eminian covers the Chiefs for the Journal Star, and writes a sports column, Cleve In The Eve, for pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.