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CABA events are known for great fields, top organization and the best competition. Over the past 30 years CABA has become the GOLD STANDARD for youth baseball events.
On a Spring day in 1987, Ed Carpenter and I were walking between diamonds in Euclid’s Memorial Park talking about ... what else?... baseball. Ed asked me, “What would you think if some of the best high school baseball players in the country came here to Euclid to play?”. I responded, “Heck, I’d even pay to see them play.”. He said, “Good. You’re my World Series director.” And so it began. From our rather humble beginnings of one venue, twelve teams, and some 250 players in 1987, the CABA HSWS has grown to eight venues, 40 teams, and some 900 players. It has been my pleasure to have been the World Series Director for all 23 of those years.
Besides the hundreds of volunteers with whom it has been my good fortune to work, I owe whatever success that I, and the High School World Series, may have achieved, as well as this singular honor of being inducted into the CABA Hall of Fame, primarily to three men. First, of course, to Ed Carpenter, the National Age Division Director. He knew how much I loved and respected the game of baseball and its traditions. He gives his full and unconditional support to my Director activities and responsibilities. Of the 1,001 matters for which a Tournament Director is responsible, I take care of maybe five. Ed takes care of the other 996. I will ever be grateful for his trust and confidence in me and for allowing me this opportunity. Second, to Roger Tremaine. In 1987, I knew nothing of CABA. Through Roger’s patient, but insistent instruction, I came to know and respect CABA, its purposes, objectives, and philosophy. Roger knew that any organization is only as strong as its weakest link. He instilled in me the desire to do all in my power to make the HSWS one of the strongest links in the CABA chain. Roger often came to Euclid during HSWS week because he loved to observe the care and attention his “baby” was receiving. He was a great Executive Director because he was always available when needed, but otherwise let us proceed unhindered. Third, to current Commissioner John Mocny. Baseball is ultimately a game of numbers. What are the current standings? Who are the leading hitters? Pitchers? John implemented a program for the HSWS that gave us these particulars nearly instantaneously. Our World Series format has become somewhat involved and John has truly been “Johnny on the Spot” when we needed the correct numbers to move the World Series along without undue delay. And so it has been my pleasure and privilege to direct the CABA HSWS these many years. Days at the park from 7:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night seem hardly a burden when I have been able to watch such stellar HSWS players as this year’s Alumni of the Year, Jayson Werth, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Sonnanstine, Johnny Damon, Josh Hamilton, and scores of others who have played in the Major Leagues.
I am deeply honored as an inductee into the Continental Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame and I thank all who have made this honor possible.