One look at the Bearcat baseball record books leaves little doubt that Britt Westman would one day be inducted into Northwest Missouri State's M-Club Hall of Fame.
The former first baseman was a mainstay in the Bearcat lineup for 2005 through 2008 and is the all-time program leader in hits (239), runs scored (170) and runs batted in (200). He is second in home runs (36), doubles (48) and total bases (409). He is third in walks (89) and seventh in triples (7).
“The stuff that got me in there was that I was able to play in a lot of games, and I was able to play with a lot of really good ballplayers,” Westman said. “I would not be able to have any of those numbers without them. I was very fortunate to be able to play with the players I play with.”
That stat-line certainly made his hall of fame case a slam dunk, but that didn't make receiving the call from Northwest Director of Athletics Andy Peterson any less special.
“It was a cool phone call,” Westman said. “It is an honor. The time in Maryville are some of the best years of my life. It has been fun to think back on that time.
“I know how big of a deal it is and I do feel very honored and very thankful.”
Westman was a member of four-straight winning teams at Northwest under coach Darin Loe with assistants Mike Creason and Matt Johnson.
“All three of those guys were awesome,” Westman said. “I'm very thankful for the opportunity that they gave me and the time they put in.”
His favorite memories as a Bearcat involve playing with his older brother Ryley Westman whose name also litters the record books from his time a year ahead of Britt in school.
“There were two times, once against Emporia State and once against Washburn, my brother Ryley and I hit back-to-back in the lineup and we had back-to-back home runs," Westman said. "Those were probably two of the most memorable moments. That was pretty cool.”
After graduating for Northwest, Britt and his wife Krista (Obley) Westman, a Bearcat soccer player in her time at Northwest, moved to Kansas City and they have two daughters.
Britt still makes sure to keep up on everything Northwest and makes it a point to get out to the Kansas City T-Bones park when the Bearcats have played Pittsburg State there.
“I am able to go out there and I'll catch up with Coach Loe and Coach Creason,” Westman said. “Sometimes the come to (William) Jewell. Anytime they come down here, I'll follow them.”
Westman says he was especially locked in during the 2018 season when the Bearcats caught fire in conference play and earned a share of the MIAA championship for the first time since 1983.
“That was a lot of fun to follow and each week see how they did over the weekend,” Westman said.
The 2020 Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Friday, Oct. 9, at the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom and will be recognized during the Homecoming game the following day against Northeastern State. Tickets for the induction and banquet can be purchased through the athletics offices and are on sale for $25.