With no season to play meant no playoff games to go to, you couldn’t following a team throughout the playoffs and on to the state finals in Round Rock. What a sad state of affairs!
The State Tournament
It did not happen this spring as well. I am so sorry for the Coaches and players for this season, this chance will be no more, it will be an asterisk in their life along with the UIL. That once in a lifetime shot, for those of you that have been there, you know what I am talking about, that wonderful feeling of accomplishment and success, just a wishful thought and glimmer.
The All-Star Game
Was not conducted this year. The accumulation of the best of the best in the State of Texas, best ERA, Wins, Batting Average, Arms, Speed and Hustle, all that Texas has to offer each year. No radar guns, no scholarship offers, no draft as we once knew it. I am sorry for all those Coaches and Players who will not get this chance ever again.
The Alumni Honorary Coaches who were scheduled to coach this year at the All-Star Game will Coach in the All-Star Game in 2021. The Active Coaches Association adopted this rule with their Coaches and we are followed suit. I believe this was a fair and necessary move on our part. The All-Star Game and the chance to be on the field one more time is important.
The Coaches that were to coach in the 2021 All- Star game will coach in the 2022 Game.
The coaches for the 2021 All-Star Game were as follows:
Coach Jimmy Davis – Odessa Permian High School – Coach Ronnie Clanton and I made the trip to Hamlin, Texas to present Coach Davis’ ring, you talk about a happy camper, and he was overjoyed and was very humbled when he received his ring.
Coach Eugen Gary Dreyer – Midlothian High School – Coach Ronnie Clanton made the presentation to Coach Dreyer at a local café in Midlothian, Texas where they meet each morning for coffee. Midlothian is considered the Rome Italy of Coaches, it’s like going to the Vatican City of Coach’s, and they all live there!!
Coach Tim Dyson – Tomball High School – Coach Ronnie Clanton and I made the trip to Cransfill Gap Texas to present Coach Dyson his ring, yes your right it’s like going back in time to Joe Palooka’s home town, we stepped back in time and went to a great BBQ place for lunch.
Coach Ernie Johnson – Midland High School – Coaches Tim Whalen, Ronnie Clanton (Chip lives in southeast Texas so all the coaches lived in the north or the Pan Handle which was a long road trip for him) and I made the trip to Midland to present the All-Star Ring to Coach Johnson. Coach was doing just fine and still can tell a good story. Coach Tim Whalen came to Midland from Alpine to present Coach with his ring. The Midland Gazette sent a photographer to take pictures and ran a story about the presentation by the Alumni Coaches and the presentation to Coach Johnson for all his accomplishments in his coaching career. The best part of the whole trip was when Mrs. Johnson broke out some very tasty cookies and coffee!!
Coach David Mayfield – Fredericksburg High School - Rumor has it that Coach Mayfield had a great blow out in Fredericksburg the day of his ring presentation. Coach Diz Reeves came up from San Antone to present Coach Mayfield with his ring. Ole Diz did a great job with his introductory speech. There were 50 - 65 plus former players that came to honor Coach Mayfield. There was even a golf tournament and BBQ along with the more towns folk plus the Mayor of Fredericksburg attended the blowout. It was rumored that the President might fly into Johnson City and rush on over for some “Q” but we don’t know if that was a for sure or not!! Coach Mayfield said it was the first and only time that no upset parents ever attended one of his swaree’s. A first at last!!
The trips to see these coaches were very gratifying and fun, a pleasure to Honor these men for their accomplishments in Texas High School Baseball.
Presently we have 140 members, we are just ten members short of our goal of 150, hopefully we can obtain that goal in 2021.
We are financially sound and ready to go for next year to Waco. I want to thank Ronnie Clayton for his help in ring ceremony and his hard work in getting the rings ordered and to those coaches for this year’s All-Star Game. He is the man and a good friend.
Lastly, I want to wish all of our membership and their families a fun summer and pray for the end to this dreaded virus that has inflicted so much grief and devastation upon us. I pray this world returns to whatever normal was and what you remember it was.
REMEMBER - When in doubt – wash your hands, blow your nose on your sleeve, wear your mask or you could get into a confrontation. It is hard to wear that damn mask and chew at the same time………….I have the stains to prove it!
It’s time to fade into the sunset with Happy Trails sung in the background by Roy, Dale and the Sons of the Pioneers!!
Until the fall my friends,