2018 Hall Of Fame
Ted Novio – INDUCTEE
Northeast Regional Director
13u 60/90 W.S. National Director
Ted has been involved in baseball his entire life. Shortly after his playing days as a pitcher at the University of Maine, Ted returned to his alma mater and coached 5 years under legendary collegiate coach, Dr. John Winkin. After stops along the way including coaching in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League and overseas in Great Britain with Major League Baseball International, Ted has been coaching travel baseball since 1999. He is a member of the Cranberry League Hall of Fame as a 3 time Stan Musial World Series participant, managing the Braintree White Sox to back to back to back North Atlantic Regional titiles. Currently, he is the Tournament/Program Director at the New England Baseball Complex in Northboro, Massachusetts.
Ted’s affiliation with CABA began when coaching in the 14u CABA World Series in Lebanon, TN as the head coach and Associate Director of the New England Ruffnecks. His teams have had multiple top 3 finishes including 2 World Series titles.
Starting in 2015, New England Baseball Complex has been the host site of the 13u 60×90 CABA World Series where Ted serves as the Northeast Regional Director and 13u World Series Director. In 2016, the 13u World Series at the NEBC was selected as the CABA World Series of the Year.
Possessing a passion and love for coaching which has kept him in the game, Ted is lucky to stay involved in the great game of baseball every day and credits the wonderful players he has had the pleasure to coach for the past 28 years. Many of those players have gone on to be successful high school, collegiate, and professional baseball players. Though he loves coaching his players at the NEBC and Ruffnecks, it is his “starting lineup” at home with wife Catherine, daughter Ashlyn, and sons R.J. and Nicholas that he is most proud of.
2017 Hall Of Fame
2016 Hall Of Fame
Wallace “Pete” Townsend – INDUCTEE
Delaware native Wallace “Pete” Townsend is married with 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He has been involved in baseball for his entire life, starting with his Little League days to playing on high school teams. Upon graduation, he became a PGA member before going into the restaurant and motel business. He continued to coach baseball as his sons were growing up, until he decided to put an investment group together in 2000…now known as Sports at the Beach. The park became a reality in 2003 and has continued to grow in popularity, size, and amenities. Pete, along with his wife Michelle, oversees all operations on the 96-acre facility. He is kept busy with 16 fields, 24 dorm rooms, swimming pool, concessions, pro shop, indoor training, archery, and more. “I met Larry Redwine from CABA about 10 years ago, and it has been a perfect relationhip ever since,” Pete says. He enjoys the approach that is taken by CABA – relaxed, professional, and with a kid’s best interest in mind. “I did run some other sanctioned events before meeting Larry, and they were all money grabs.” Sports at the Beach will be going into its 15th season in 2017, and he expects to host over 2,000 teams and plenty of happy parents ejoying America’s Pastime. When he’s not keeping the show running, Pete often joins them on the sidelines to watch tournament games. “I’m just a fan of the game,” he said. “If there’s a game and it’s tied in the ninth inning, it doesn’t matter who’s playing, I’ll watch it.”
2015 Hall Of Fame
John Davenport – INDUCTEE
14u Aluminum Bat WS National Director
John and his wife Jackie have been married for 39 years. They have 3 children, Jennifer (Michael), Julie Dusty) and Jeffrey (Meredith). They also have 4 wonderful grandchildren Caden, Levi, Lila and Turner. Another generation of baseball has already started.
John has been involved in Baseball most of his life. Currently he is serving as President of Lebanon Sports Commission in Lebanon, TN while still working full time at Nissan Motor Manufacturing as Sr. Manager of Maintenance.
John started his baseball career coaching recreation ball in Little League and Babe Ruth. In 1999, John along with another coach and long time friend started their own travel team called the Cedar City Curve. The Curve stayed together for 5 years. During this time they won multiple Conference and Regional titles. In 2003 they won the USSSA 18-U World Series. John also worked with the Lebanon High School Baseball program from 2000 to 2009 doing many different administrative roles. In 2005 Jack Hand with Mid-State Amateur
Baseball was approached by Larry Redwine about hosting a CABA World Series in the Nashville area. Jack contacted a group of baseball associates in Lebanon about the possibility of hosting this event. Because of Johns experience in hosting tournaments and his baseball connections in the middle Tennessee area he was chosen to head up this opportunity. The Lebanon Sports Commission was formed to host these tournaments and the affiliation with CABA has been strong ever since. This coming summer will be the 12th consecutive year Lebanon Sports Commission has hosted a CABA 14u World Series with John as the 14u National CABA World Series director.
John has made many friends over the years with those associated with CABA as well as the coaches from the teams participating in the World Series. These friendships are very special, and will last long after the dust settles on the field.
Debbie Rhodes – INDUCTEE
14u Aluminum Bat WS National Director
Husband: John Rhodes
Children: Dana Frazeur (Glen), Jay Rhodes, Ashley Jenkinson (Lance)
Grandchildren: Jake (13), Avery (13), Griffin (10), and Addie (7 months)
- Manatee County Little League Board of Directors 1981 to 1990 – Secretary/Treasurer
- Diamond Devils Baseball 1993 to Present – Treasurer
- CABA 2003 to Present World Series Coordinator/Host 15u Wood Bat, 17u Wood Bat, and 18u Wood Bat.
Bill Beckett – Roger Tremaine Person Of The Year
Vice President Northwest States and
Western Canadian Provinces
2012 Hall 0f Fame Inductee
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Sask * Manitoba * Alaska * N Nev
Bill Beckett has been involved in the game since 1976, as a coach and/or administrator in various capacities with a number of organizations both in Washington State and the Province of British Columbia. While never playing the game himself, Bill was intrigued by the manner in which the game was capable of teaching the many life skills our youth requires. This initial enthusiasm and enlightening prospect launched Bill into a most pleasant journey which he will be forever grateful.
Learning “on the Job”, so to speak, Bill coached his own clubs beginning with the 12u age with his youngest son James, on up to and including 18u clubs and the local High School program. In his formative coaching years he would routinely get on the phone and call notable high profile coaches from around the country and engage them in conversation and “picking their brains”. All to simply get better at assisting his players.
The game has been good to Bill. Not only being able to work with our youth in a positive manner but having the many opportunities to travel all over Canada and the U.S. for National and International competitions. Meeting and making lasting friendships with so many outstanding people and assisting his and other players reach the next level of play whether it be HS,College, or beyond, has been greatly rewarding. He always believed that his most important role as coach was to get his players to a point that they could help themselves rather than rely on others. Some of his best clubs won Canadian National Championships at the 18u level four (4), times and he was lead assistant in charge of hitting and base running instruction for Blaine High Schools lone State Championship in 1990. With all the success his teams have had through the years his biggest thrill is the fact that several of his former players have stayed in the game well past their playing days giving back as coaches in Youth, HS and College programs. While enjoying the game as a teacher, coach, and facility operator, Bill finds his present involvement in the game solely as an Administrator every bit as challenging and rewarding. Assisting coaches and other baseball personnel with league and tournament opportunities wherever they may be and offering his expertise in the game to all who wish keeps him at least as busy and deeply involved in the game as he ever was.
Bill has been the recipient of a number of CABA awards including 2004 Carl Williams Presidents Award, 2005 National Championship Tournament Administration Award, 2006 John C Mocney Commissioners
Award, and the 2011 National Championship Directors Award. He is proud to be a member of the Continental Amateur Baseball Association «family» and continues to enjoy promoting the CABA brand in the Great NW States and Western Canada Provinces while looking forward to the exciting future unfolding for the CABA.
Hall of Fame 2014
Wife Gail, son Mark who resides in Jupiter, Florida
University of Michigan (A.B. 1969)
University of Cincinnati (J.D. 1973)
Presently, Mike is the pitching coach for Moeller High School in Cincinnati. In his four years at Moeller, the team has won back-to-back state champion-ships in 2012 and 2013, lost in the semi-finals in the state tournament in 2014 and lost in the regional finals in 2011. In 2011, Moeller had no pitchers who broke 80 mph, no pitchers who were offered college scholarships, and no pitchers who pitched in college. In his fifth year, there are six pitchers who throw 90 plus mph, and another five at 85 plus mph. Eight of his pitchers for the 2014-2015 season have been awarded college scholarships.
Prior to Moeller, Mike coached Mt. St. Joseph College, which made it to the NCAA regionals two years in a row. He also coached multiple years at JUCO D-1 and D-2 schools. In the late 1990’s, Mike scouted for the Cleveland Indians.
From 1969 until 2010, Mike coached amateur baseball during the summer coaching with previous Hall of Famer’s, Larry Redwine and Mike Montgomery versus John Rhodes and Guerry Baldwin. In that period of time, he has been privileged to coach eight first-round draft picks.
In addition to his CABA duties, Mike has served as legal counsel to the Southwest Ohio League and on the scholarship commit- tee of that league.
Hall of Fame 2013
Mike Montgomery – 2013
Mike Montgomery began his career as a teacher/coach in 1967 at Southwestern High School in Hanover, Indiana.
During his years at Southwestern he was Freshmen Basketball Coach, Junior Varsity Basketball Coach and the assistant to the Varsity Basketball Coach. Mike was also the Head Track Coach. In 1972, Mike and his family moved to Rising Sun Indiana. At Rising Sun High School he continued teaching and took on the
responsibilities of Boys Head Basketball Coach and Head Track Coach.
Mike accepted the position of Boys head basketball Coach at Mason High School in Mason, Ohio in 1977. Then in 1980, he gave up the coaching position when he was named Athletic Director at Mason High School.
He became involved with amateur baseball in 1983 when Larry Redwine recruited Mike’s son, Todd, to play for the Mason Flyers baseball team. This began a lifelong relationship with baseball and a lifelong friendship with Larry Redwine.
From that point on Mike has served as Larry’s assistant coach. During those coaching years, he was fortunate to be apart of winning the Mickey Mantle World Series in 1988.
Mike Montgomery began his work with CABA in 1998 when he was appointed to the position of CABA Southern Ohio Director. In 2005 he was appointed to the position of CABA Vice President of Public Relations.
Mike has had the opportunity to coach many athletes that used baseball as an avenue to play baseball at the collegiate and/or professional level. But more importantly for Mike, playing baseball provided all his players the opportunity to develop friendships while using their baseball experiences to enrich their daily lives.
Each and every player enriched Mike’s life!
Mike and his wife, Nancy (retired elementary teacher), live in Mason, Ohio. They have one son, Todd. Todd is the CABA State Director for Indiana and Kentucky Central .
In addition Todd is the 16U age level coordinator for the Southwest Ohio Baseball League.
Mike is grateful for the friendships that he has formed over the years with his involvement in CABA, it has created memories that he will cherish forever.
Arturo Perez-Figaredo – 2013
Arturo joined CABA in 1994 as Business Manager for the Puerto Rico 10 and under team that played at
Aurelia, Iowa. The team finished eighth in the championship tournament. Nevertheless, Arturo was amazed by the exceptional organization, the high competitive level, and the tremendous sportsmanship he encountered in this tournament. He was especially impressed by the friendliness of the local people and the members of the committee, particularly Randy and Tanya Wilkinson. This first experience represented the beginning of Arturo’s long standing relationship with the CABA.
In 1994 the Puerto Rico CABA organization suffered a serious setback due to a lack of adequate controls on the eligibility standards of some Puerto Rican players. It is necessary to clarify that this never occurred with Arturo’s team, for he always took strict control on the compliance of the eligibility requirements of his players. Randy and Tanya Wilkinson as well as Roger Tremaine asked Arturo for his assistance on this matter. He was instrumental in helping to solve this problem as well as securing the participation of Puerto Rican teams in future CABA World Series.
Since 1995 Arturo has been sending Puerto Rico teams to the CABA World Series that have participated very successfully and have won more than one world series in a single year in several occasion . He also has helped teams from other Latin American countries ,such as Panama, to participate in CABA world series. No issues about the eligibility of puertorican players have arised since Arturo took charge of CABA ‹affairs in Puerto Rico twenty years ago.
Arturo has served efficiently in CABA in several positions in the past ,such as State Director,Legal Advisor,Regional Director and currently as Vice President Caribbean & South America. He has been given awards in the past by CABA such as State Director of the Year and Person of the Year.
Although during the past ten years an economic recession have seriously affected Puerto Rico and consequently that situation have reduced the number of Puerto Rico teams participating in CABA world series , Arturo is assertively reorganizing his local league and expect to finalize 2013 with one hundred teams participating in the local tournament. His actions will certainly increase the number of Puerto Rico teams participating in CABA world series . He also plan to host CABA World and International series in Puerto Rico in the future.
Arturo has been loyal and trustful to CABA values since his relationship with CABA started twenty years ago. We are proud about his performance . He has supported CABA from the beginning when it was a small regional program and has helped CABA to grow to its current extraordinary status. He is definitely an example to follow for the new CABA affiliates.
2012 Hall Of Fame
John Rhodes – 2012
Vice President East National Director, 15u, 17u/HSWS & 18u World Series Wood Bat Division
President – Diamond Devils Baseball
Residence: Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Family: Wife Debbie, 3 children, Dana, Jay and Ashley and 3 grand- children. Son Jay and son-in-law Glen are coaches in the Diamond Devils Baseball program.
Baseball Experience: Entering 30th year of coaching. Head Coach and Director of Diamond Devils program for 12 years. Coached high school baseball for 9 years in both Florida and South Carolina. Coached American Legion Baseball for 8 years with 3 league cham- pionships, a State Championship and a Regional runner-up. Head Coach in Diamond Devil program for 11 years.
Administrative Experience: 8 years on Little League Board of Directors, 4 as First Vice-President. 2 years on Advisory Board of Continental Basketball Professional Team. 7 years as a member of the executive committee of high school booster club. 8 years as Ath- letic Director of Charleston American Legion team. Member of the Charleston Area Metro Sports Council. 6 years as the South Carolina CABA State Director, 6 Years as CABA Vice President East, 8 years as Executive Director of 18U CABA Wood Bat World Series 2nd Year as Executive Director 15u CABA Wood Bat World Series. Founded Diamond Devils Baseball in 1999 and has served as President since. The Diamond Devil program has since sent 260 players on to college baseball and over 80 kids to pro ball including 6 1st round draft choices.
Guerry Baldwin – 2012
Vice President – East National Director, 9u, 11u & 16u World Series Aluminum Bat Division
Leading up to 1985, East Cobb Baseball program founder and President Guerry Baldwin had a vision of creating a program growing out of his passion to become America’s top amateur baseball program. Today, many that have kept a keen eye on amateur baseball in America would agree that Guerry’s dream has become reality.
The East Cobb Baseball Complex is owned and operated by ECB, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Under Guerry’s direction the program has consistently delivered on its Mission Statement:
To teach the integrity of the game of baseball and to help players understand the greatness of the game while learning the life lessons associated with baseball. To guide and enhance the process of advancing to the college or professional level. To provide the best learning atmosphere, the best competition, and the most fun the game of baseball has to offer to its participants.
After becoming one of the top amateur baseball programs in America, only one piece of the package was missing – a facility to match the level of accomplishment by the program. Thanks to the tireless effort of Guerry and the incredible generosity of Russ Umphenour, who funded the project, that dream became a reality. Today, a dedicated and hard working staff continually works to make the facility even better. The result is a facility that is clearly one of America’s finest The program relies largely on volunteers to coach and over- see the activities of the Complex. ECB, Inc. is very particular about selecting coaches who are committed to the players and who have demonstrated baseball experience and knowledge. These people devote countless hours each year to benefit the young players.
Each team operates independently and is responsible for its own budget. The combination of parents, players, coaches, volunteers and Guerry Baldwin’s leadership has produced an exceptional program.
ECB welcomes players, parents and coaches who are committed to im- proving their skills, playing competitively and supporting the ECB Mission as well as adhering to all rules and guidelines. It is a program for players to dramatically improve their skills through instruction and by playing against highly competitive teams throughout the country. All East Cobb teams are Travel Teams that cover quite a wide geographic area.
While there are goals for the program that rank far ahead of winning cham- pionships, doing those things the right way has produced an amazing result: East Cobb teams have won nearly 150 national championships under the auspices of various national affiliations and in the first decade of the 21st Century, East Cobb teams in ages 12 and above have competed in 20 CABA World Series championship games, winning 15 championships. In the process, hundreds of East Cobb players have gone on to college and professional baseball with well over 100 playing in the Major Leagues.
Mark Andrus – 2012
CABA Great Lakes Regional Director, 9u-16u, 17u/HSWS & 18U
Mark resides in Shelby Township, Michigan, a suburb 20 miles North of Detroit. He has been married for 34 years to his wife Lynn. They have three children, Erin, Scott, and Mark Jr.
Mark started coaching while he was still in college. He saw a need in the summer recreation program and developed a T-ball and softball league. After graduating from Central Michigan University, Mark began teaching and coaching in Troy, Michigan. The school already had a baseball coach, so the athletic director convinced him to coach the track team. In addition to track, Mark coached the girls’ basketball and boys’ basketball teams at the school. Besides interscholastic sports, through the years, he also coached T-ball, baseball, softball, soccer, and AAU basketball. He also founded Prime Time Sports, a summer sports camp company which offered 15 different sports to youth from ages 5-18. For fifteen years, Mark also umpired baseball games and for many of those years he was responsible for scheduling over 100 umpires per day. In 1996 Mark started the Michigan Greyhounds Travel Baseball Club.
The team participated in a couple of different leagues but they didn’t offer too many options for post season play. As a result, he founded the All American Baseball Alliance (AABA). The organization was affiliated with multiple national organizations including CABA. In 2005, the AABA hosted two CABA Quality World Series divisions and five National Championship divisions in one week. Attracting over 80 teams and special guest Muhammad Ali wasn’t bad, but the record rainfall that week just about did Mark in. He attributes its success to Roger Tremaine’s assistance and patience. The National Championship continues to be held in St. Clair Shores, Michigan but Mark and his co-director Gerrit Ketelhut now spread the different ages over a two week period attracting teams from Kansas to Connecticut and Canada to Puerto Rico.
Mark believes in going out on top of his game. After coaching girls’ basketball for 23 years, he retired after his team’s undefeated season. He stopped coaching the varsity boys’ basketball team following their record setting season where 16 individual and team records were set, including the most wins ever in the school’s history. And finally, in 2007, Mark retired from coaching baseball when his Greyhounds won the CABA National Championship 18u Division with a two run walk off home run.
With his coaching years behind him, Mark will devote more time to running tournaments and getting more involved with CABA.
Bill Beckett – 2012
Bill Beckett has been involved in the game since 1976, as a coach and/or administrator in various capacities with a number of organizations both in Washington State and the Province of British Columbia.
While never playing the game himself, Bill was intrigued by the manner in which the game was capable of teaching the many life skills our youth requires. This initial enthusiasm and enlightening prospect launched Bill into a most pleasant journey which he will be forever grateful.
Learning “on the Job”, so to speak, Bill coached his own clubs beginning with the 12u age with his youngest son James, on up to and including 18u clubs and the local High School program. Inhis formative coaching years he would routinely get on the phone and call notable high profilecoaches from around the country and engage them in conversation and “picking their brains”. All to simply get better at assisting his players.
A former painting contractor, with three sons and five grandchildren keeping his family life busy. Bill lives with his wife Mona of 36 years in a small country setting in Birch Bay, Washington. Prior to retiring, from 1999 to 2011 Bill and Mona had owned and operated their own small 2 field baseball complex “Spooner Creek Park”, which they physically built themselves at their previous home in their local community.
The game has been good to Bill. Not only being able to work with our youth in a positive manner but having the many opportunities to travel all over Canada and the U.S. for National and International competitions. Meeting and making lasting friendships with so many outstanding people and assisting his and other players reach the next level of play whether it be HS, College, or beyond, has been greatly rewarding. He always believed that his most important role as coach was to get his players to a point that they could help themselves rather than rely on others.
Some of his best clubs won Canadian National Championships at the 18u level four (4), times and he was lead assistant in charge of hitting and baserunning instruction for Blaine High School’s lone State Championship in 1990. With all the success his teams have had through the years his biggest thrill is the fact that several of his former players have stayed in the game well past their playing days giving back as coaches in Youth, HS and College programs.
While enjoying the game as a teacher, coach, and facility operator, Bill finds his present involvement in the game solely as an Administrator every bit as challenging and rewarding. Assisting coaches and other baseball personnel with league and tournament opportunities wherever they may be and offering his expertise in the game to all who wish keeps him at least as busy and deeply involved in the game as he ever was.
Bill has been the recipient of a number of CABA awards including 2004 Carl Williams Presidents Award, 2005 National Championship Tournament Administration Award, 2006 John C Mocney Commissioners Award, and the 2011 National Championship Directors Award. He is proud to be a member of the Continental Amateur Baseball Association “family” and continues to enjoy promoting the CABA brand in the Great NW States and Western Canada Provinces while looking forward to the exciting future unfolding for the CABA.
2011 Hall Of Fame
Ben Herrera – 2011
Ben Herrera has been involved in baseball as a player, coach and administrator most of his life. As a player Ben was a middle infielder through high school and later competed nationally with Major Men’s Fast Pitch and Major Men’s Slo Pitch Softball teams. Ben began his coaching career at the age of 16 under the direction of his father Benny Sr., coaching two younger cousins in a local recreation league not long after the death of their father and continued coaching his two sons through 2011. Ben fell into competitive youth baseball in 1987 while working as a Supervisor with the local Recreation and Parks Department in the City of Monterey Park where he met former CABA Southwest Regional Director, Andy Nieto who recruited him to coach the Monterey Park Angels. Ben continued developing youth through competitive baseball leagues and post season tournaments with organizations like AABC, AAU, CABA and USSSA preparing them for High School and College Athletics.
Andy Nieto appointed Ben California State Director for the CABA in 2000 where he was asked to help develop & expand the CABA programming in California. As the California State Director, Ben ruffled some feathers when he coordinated the very first CABA Baseball League in Los Angeles California, which would run in direct competition with the more established AABC program. As teams began migrating to the newly formed CABA League, Ben was quickly approached by then AABC State Director Duke De Frates in an effort to combine forces. The Southern California based league currently operates quarterly with individual leagues offered during the fall, winter, spring and summer months. The league is dual sanctioned with AABC & CABA and serves over 300 competitive youth baseball teams from Los Angeles to San Diego every year. Ben was appointed Southwest Regional Director for the CABA in 2002 by Roger Tremaine and later coordinated and hosted the 11 & Under House World Series in 2003 and the 14 & Under Ultimate World Series in 2004. Ben was named California State Director for AABC in 2005 then appointed Western Regional Director for AABC in 2008. Ben was also voted into the CABA National Board of Directors in 2008 where he currently serves as Vice President Southwest & Pacific. He received honorable recognition in 2007 as CABA Executive Director of the Year, in 2009 as AABC Executive Director of the Year and was the recipient of the CABA Past Presidents Award in 2009. Ben also serves on CABA Executive Committees involving National Tournaments and National Sponsorships and as an Executive Board Member for the Global Baseball Alliance. He continues developing new programming for both AABC and CABA throughout the west coast, networking with managers and directors in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Rob Mackey – 2011
Rob Mackey grew up in Joliet, Illinois. Joliet is a baseball town and the Mackey’s are a baseball family so baseball was in his blood from early on. Summers revolved around practice and games from the time he was 6 years old through High School. During his over 40 years in baseball, Rob was a player, umpire, coach, league director, tournament director and web site administrator. It is an understatement to say Rob made a significant impact on so many lives.
Rob enjoyed living in California for many years before moving back to the Chicago area in the early 1980’s. Rob always said his greatest joys in life were his children, Robby and Mabel. The three of them loved and supported one another and enjoyed some awesome times together. In 2001, he was hired by the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) to develop and run programs and tournaments for the Ho Chunk Baseball Complex in Lynwood, Illinois where he worked closely with his great friends Nancy and Fran Pell, and Sue Nabhan, who shared an unparalleled passion for camaraderie, baseball and youth sports.
He assumed the duties of web administrator for the CABA National website for the 2009 season and was appointed to the CABA Executive Board in August 2009 as Vice President Information Systems. He was also a member of the legendary Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago. Rob passed away on August 10th, 2011 – appropriately at Good Samaritan Hospital, with his sister and two children at his side. He leaves a beautiful legacy encompassing dedication to many causes, an independent spirit, a vibrancy for the political world and a “Love of the Game” respect for baseball that rivaled no other. His smile was warm, and his laugh electrifying and contagious. And his last act of kindness was donating his body to science for medical research. The CABA National Board, in honor of Rob Mackey, his parents, family and friends – have unanimously voted him into the prestigious CABA National Hall of Fame. He is definitely now an official member of the “Angels in the Outfield” starting lineup. As Bob Hope would have said, “Rob, Thanks for the Memories!”
Jerry Salyers – 2011
Jerry has been involved in baseball and youth sports in general for most of his nearly 63 years as a player, coach, manager, umpire and organizer.
Married to Connie for 24 years, daughter Staci, son David and his wife Robin have provided 5grand children. Coaching involvement got hot and heavy in 1985 as part of the Cincinnati based Nuckols and Associates 15U team of the Southwest Ohio League. Working through the local and state qualifiers, the team found their way to the C.A.B.A. World Series in Marion, Ohio. Having coached at more or less recreational levels, to say this experience was an eye opener was an understatement. The quality of the event with regard to everything from the venue to the level of competition was something that will never be forgotten. As luck will have it, our club was fortunate to return home with the World Series trophy and the love affair had begun. Some 26 years later, six such championships have been secured but more important are the number of young lives that might have been changed just a little for the better. Retired from ADT Security Services after 32 years, Jerry now operates Custom Bat Works and CustomX Bats in Springboro, Ohio. Jerry is a vice president of the prestigious Southwest Ohio League having been a member from the beginning. Pride now comes from all sources, the most important being his family. Scattered throughout southwest Ohio and southeast Indiana, it is a fun time to watch and spend time with the grand kids. A great deal of satisfaction comes from being responsible for membership growth and development with C.A.B.A.
Having a sales background, there is never a problem asking the necessary questions to promote C.A.B.A. and all that it offers. What makes this position success possible is the ongoing feedback from organizations across the US as well as C.A.B.A. officers and members with leads to help with our overall growth. In the past few years program additions have included Hershey, PA., Louisville, Upstate New York, Hudson River Valley New York, Millington, TN., as well as Denver. Our future is very bright! Jerry is proud to be part of this success story!
2009 Hall Of Fame
Andy Nieto – 2009
The Continental Amateur Baseball Association is proud to announce that Mr. Andy Nieto former CABA Southwest Regional Director was approved unanimously at the 2009 National Rules Meeting Held in Puerto Rico as one of the 2009 recipients of one of their most prestigious award, “The CABA Hall Of Fame.”
Mr. Nieto was born in Chihuahua, Chih, Mexico where he received a degree in Business Administration and Physical Education.
Andy migrated to the United States of America, (El Paso, Texas) during 1955. He moved to Los Angeles, California during 1959 to Present. Mr. Nieto became a citizen of the United states of America during 1970.
Then along came Miss Ana M. Contreras who Andy made his wife and they had four children Andy, Angie, Tony, and Adrian. Some of Andy’s accomplishments include but are not limited to:
1982 -Founder of the Monterey Park “Angles” Traveling Teams
1985 – CABA World Series -Seattle, Washington (14 and Under Division)
1987 – CABA State Director of The Year
1995 – CABA South West Regional Director
1996 – Honorary Mention – City of Monterey Park, California Proclamation 25 years of Community Service
Whereas for more than 25 years Andy Nieto was involved in youth sports activities in the Monterey Park area and he had coached and managed teams with the Monterey Park Sports Club for more than 10 years, of which his coaching experience included Basketball, Baseball and Soccer.
While with the Sports Club, he was the Co-Founder of Pee Wee Basketball which introduced basketball to boys and girls between the ages of five and seven years old. In 1982 Mr. Nieto was one of the key founders of the Monterey Park Angels. As director of the program, Andy worked tirelessly to raise funds. Under his leadership thousands of Monterey Park youngsters varying in ages had an opportunity to participate in competitive youth sports.
I was very proud to represent CABA as the Southwest Regional Director, and very thankful to the national board members who supported and trusted me to run one of the best baseball programs in California throughout the years respectfully.
Fran Pell – 2009
The Continental Amateur Baseball Association considers itself quite fortunate to have Fran Pell serving as Executive Vice President. Fran has a wealth of coaching and administrative experience to offer the organization and we are thrilled he has chosen to be a part of the C.A.B.A. family. Fran began serving as C.A.B.A. director for Illinois and Northern Indiana in 2000 and started his meteoric rise in the leadership chain. He was appointed regional director in 2001, and then was named Second Vice President in 2002. When Roger Tremaine passed away in October of 2005, Fran was unanimous choice of the board to serve as Executive Vice President. Fran played baseball in the unlimited age divisions until he was 31. In 1978 Fran established the Mt. Greenwood Brewers, an unlimited age division team. The Brewers team consisted of the top collegiate players and players with professional experience. 31 Brewer players from between 1978 – 1983 eventually signed and played for a professional team. During this time he was offered associate scouting positions with California, Minnesota and Kansas City. He respectfully declined the offers because his passion for baseball was being involved on the field with the future prospects and players with professional experience that still played baseball for the love of the game. While involved in the unlimited age division he held the position of Stan Musial Division AABC Illinois State Vice President, AABC Illinois State Tournament Director, Northern Illinois Tournament Director. In 1991 he and his wife Nancy started the Mount Greenwood Brewers youth association. When it was founded, there were 5 teams representing single age brackets in ages 10-14. Through the years they have had several state champions and outstanding representation in World Series play, finishing between second to fourth in National World Series on several occasions. The team Fran’s son Christopher played with had 8 players drafted by major league teams. The most notable to date is Carmen Pignatiello. Carmen was the MVP pitcher in the 13U CABA world series and the 15U world series. Carmen played in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs until a hamstring injury ended his major league career. The same team also had the Chicago White Sox 2001 first round draft choice, Kris Honel. Kris was the 16th pick overall in the 2001 draft. In addition, numerous other players were drafted or have been awarded scholarships on every level of college play from division 1 on down. Due to his involvement with kids programs, in 1997 he was awarded the “Resident’s Award” for dedicated service to the community of Mt. Greenwood, in 2001 he received a “Certificate of recognition” for the “Citizen of the Year Award” from Illinois State Assemblyman Thomas J. Dart and in 2005 he was awarded the “Youth Baseball Service” award from the Pitch and Hit Club. Fran is retired from the Chicago Police Department. He retired after 25 Ù years because of the wonderful opportunity he had to be working with kids through Great Lakes Youth Sports Events. During his career on the Chicago Police Department he was a patrolman from 1976 – 1989, promoted to Detective in 1989 and promoted to Sergeant in 1991. As a result of being promoted to the rank of Sergeant, he attended the University of Illinois School of Management, Northwestern University school of Management and United States Navy leadership training course he utilized this training to implement many of the management and leadership principles from his professional life into youth baseball Fran and his wife Nancy formed the Northern Illinois Metro League (NIML) in 1997. The NIML offered league play for ages 9 – 15 along with several National World Series opportunities. Several teams were in fact awarded National World Series berths based on their finish in the NIML. Many of these teams did very well in their respective age groups in National World Series play. In 2002 the NIML League was awarded CABA’s most prestigious award, the Presidential award. In 2003 the NIML League was awarded the sponsor of the year award being cited as one of the largest youth baseball travel league in the United States. Fran and lovely bride Nancy work side by side today at the Ho-Chunk baseball facility in Lynwood, Illinois conducting tournaments and facilitating league play. C.A.B.A is privileged to name Fran Pell as one of two Hall of Fame Inductees in the 2010 class. Our congratulations to Fran Pell on this Major Award
Nancy Pell – 2009
Nancy Pell was unanimously selected by the CABA National Board of Directors at the Board of Directors meetings in Nashville as the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Roger Tremaine CABA Person of the Year Award. Nancy has served as the Executive Administrator for the Northern Illinois Metro League, one of the largest Travel baseball leagues in the country, since it was formed in 1997. The Northern Illinois Metro League started with 6 – 8 teams per age bracket in ages 10 – 14. Since the league was formed, through Nancy’s hard work and service oriented attitude, the Northern Illinois Metro League has grown to 400 plus teams each year in ages 9 – 15 and is one of the largest CABA sanctioned leagues each year. Another reason for her success dealing with Youth baseball baseball teams is her pleasant demeanor. Team managers and coaches can always count on her treating them special and always with a smile. The Northern Illinois Metro League offers a very competitive level of league play for ages 9 – 15 along with several National World Series opportunities. Several teams were in fact awarded National World Series berths based on their finish in the–Northern Illinois Metro League. Many of these teams did very well in their respective age groups in National World Series play. In 2007 the Northern Illinois Metro League had 3 CABA National Champions, Region Redbirds (10U), Sparks (11U) and Naperville Renegades (13U). In 2002 the Northern Illinois Metro League was awarded CABA’s most prestigious award, the Presidential award. In 2003 the Northern Illinois Metro League was awarded the sponsor of the year award being cited as one of the largest youth baseball travel leagues in the United States. Nancy became involved in youth baseball in 1991 when she played a key role in the formation of travel baseball in the Southwest Chicago land area. At the time, travel baseball was a completely new concept to the Southwest Chicago area and started with 6 teams in the 12U division. The Pell’s have three children, Jennifer, Christopher and Amy. Jennifer is now 30 years old, a 5th grade teacher with two master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. Jennifer is now married to Dennis Duffy. The first announcement of their engagement was at the CABA national convention in 2008. Christopher is now 27 years old a sprinkler fitter and owner of his own remodeling enterprise. Christopher participated as a player in CABA World Series at 11, 12, 13 and 15. Amy is now 18 years old and a in her first year at Eastern Illinois University where she is enrolledin the nursing program. Nancy’s genuine commitment to CABA comes from her belief that CABA is more like an extended family rather than just another youth baseball organization. Her passion about CABA is passed on to any youth baseball team she comes in contact with. It is because of that passion towards CABA over the past several years she is personally responsible for sending an average of 60 to 70 teams per year, from multiple states and every age division, to CABA World Series and National Championships.
Becky Burkhart – 2009
Becky has been involved with youth sports for over 30 years. Baseball is her first love, however because of her son Joel, she found herself involved in several youth sports. Football, Basketball and Baseball, to name a few, kept her busy.
In 1987 she became a team mom and coaches wife that participated in the Washington State Sandy Koufax select league. The President/Director at that time appointed Becky’s husband, Steve Buckley, to the Director position for the 1988 season. That same season, CABA appointed Steve the Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest. For the next 7 seasons, Becky and Steve worked together in the running of the Sandy Koufax league and promoting CABA World Series berths. Baseball continued to grow in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.
In 1995, Becky and Steve’s marriage ended. At that time, Steve appointed Becky as the President/Director of the Washington State Sandy Koufax Baseball league and CABA Regional Director. With Becky’s hard work, guidance and direction, CABA saw a stable increase in the Region. Youth Baseball without “politics” is one of Becky’s philosophies. The Sandy Koufax program and Continental Amateur Baseball Association is run exactly that way.
In 1999, Becky was chosen “Woman of the Year” by American Amateur Baseball Congress and “Person of the Year” by Continental Amateur Baseball Association.
In 2003, Becky was given the “Presidents Choice” award from Continental Amateur Baseball Association for her hard work in promoting Post Season/World Series play.
In 2005, on a cruise ship for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in the middle of the Panama Canal Becky met Jim Brookhart. Jim is a professional/entertainer and performs in the “Schooner Bar“, singing and playing piano. Jim and Becky were married in July 2008 and are now working on baseball and music together. Jim is the Washington State league game scheduler and Becky sings with Jim as a duo called “The Brookhart’s”. Jim and Becky say, “We both love what we do and have a wonderful time doing both jobs together”.
The future for CABA in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest continues to grow and is bright. Becky is very proud to have played a part in that success.
2008 Hall Of Fame
Tom McNamara – 2008
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.
Jim Albright – 2008
It’s been almost forty years since Bob Valiska asked Jim Albright, a first year teacher fresh out of Monmouth College, to be his varsity baseball assistant at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, IL. That began a baseball coaching career that lasted until he retired from coaching after the 1994 season.
In 1989, he founded the Fox Valley Hurricanes (now the McHenry County Hurricanes), a traveling team program that has become one of the premier programs in northern Illinois.
During his coaching tenure, his teams won several league, state, and national invitational championships.
Jim’s association with CABA began in 1987 when Dennis O’Holleran asked him to help coach the team representing Illinois in the 13 year Old World Series in McCook, NE.
In the fall of 1992, Jim convinced Carl Williams and Roger Tremaine that McHenry County, IL, would be the ideal location for the 1993 CABA 15 Year Old World Series. The following summer, then, began a run that has now lasted sixteen consecutive years. That first summer also provided the opportunity to introduce EnRico Heirman to CABA. Both the 9 Year Old World Series and 11 Year Old World Series events were moved to McHenry County in 2006.
During his 22 year relationship with CABA, Jim has coached in five CABA World Series events, served as a CABA World Series Director on four occasions (the 15 Year Old World Series Director in 1993 and the 9 Year Old World Series Director the past three years), and has served as a World Series field announcer and the color commentator for the local cable broadcasts. And in 2005, he was the first inductee into the local CABA Hall of Fame.
Jim has also served as an Illinois High School Association official in three sports; baseball (20 years), basketball (27 years), and soccer (currently in his 34th season). He officiated the first Iowa boy’s soccer state finals in 1995 and the Illinois state finals in 2004.
A native of Waukegan, IL, Jim lives with his wife, Jean, just outside of Johnsburg, IL. They have three sons (Bucky, Tim, and Chris), all of whom played in CABA World Series events. Jim and Jean also have four grandchildren.
Larry Redwine – 2008
Just starting into his fourth year of service to C.A.B.A. as Executive Director , Larry Redwine has a long trail of baseball experience from which to draw pearls for leadership.
As a player, Larry was a starting pitcher/outfielder on the first Princeton HS team to ever win a league baseball championship. He then continued on to be a starting pitcher at Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) a perennial FAVC power in those days.
Larry coached for the first time between his freshman and sophomore years in college. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1971, (Where his final assignment was in the Customs and Investigations Section of his police squadron at C.C.K. Air Base, Taiwan, serving as liaison to the O.S.I.) he then began a 32 consecutive year run as a coach, before taking a break after the 2003 season. As a summer team head coach from 1978 through 2003, his teams compiled a record of 1,248 wins against 328 losses. Thirteen of his teams from 1985, (when he began coaching at the national level), through 2003, finished in the top four in the nation, including six third place finishes, three runners-up and a 1988 national championship team that also reached the rained out championship game in the USA Baseball sponsored Junior Olympics. Larry served as assistant coach at Xavier University for nearly two years before serving as Head Coach for more than 9 years. During that time, Xavier captured Midwestern Collegiate Conference division championships in 1984, ’85 and ’87 and Larry was named MCC Coach of the Year in 1984 & 1987, when the team set the current season wins record despite being the lowest funded team in the conference. The list of his former players includes current or former major leaguers Ken Griffey Jr., Mark Lewis, Jay(hawk) Owens, David Bell, Ricky Stone, Aaron Cook and Adam Hyzdu. Former player Mike Hill has also reached the position of General Manager/Vice President for the Florida Marlins. A total of 104 of Larry’s former players have worn a professional uniform and over 250 have played in colleges from Stanford to Harvard, Michigan to Miami of Florida and all points between. Larry freely admits that C.A.B.A. Vice President for Public Relations Mike Montgomery, Kentucky and Central indiana Director Todd Montgomery and C.A.B.A. Vice President of Legal Mike Maundrell carried him through many of those years.
As an Athletic Administrator, Larry is the founder and the only President of the 25 year-old Southwest Ohio League, C.A.B.A.’s largest affiliate. Along with serving as Executive Director of C.A.B.A., he also serves as Mickey Mantle National Vice President for the A.A.B.C. and in state leadership capacities for a few other national organizations. Larry is also on the Executive Board of the Global Baseball Alliance.
Despite his insistence that he would not coach a high school team, God had other plans. In four years as the Head Varsity baseball Coach at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Larry’s teams have compiled a 48-1 record in league play capturing four league titles. In addition, those teams have won 4 sectional championships, 3 district, one regional and in 2005, were the only CHCA baseball team to ever advance to the state final 4. That year, the team was also the state poll champions in Division III. D
uring Redwine’s four years, the team has a 96-21 record, all but one of those losses coming at the hands of much larger and higher division schools.
Larry’s wife Nona, who worked in upstream Product Research & Development at Procter & Gamble, retired in 2001 after 30 years on the job. She now takes on research projects at Procter & Gamble from time to time through a company named Your Encore. Their son, Adam, was all-city three times, the FAVC Player of the Year (setting Mason High School records) and an all-state performer in 1988 at Mason H.S., before going on to play four years at Ohio University. Adam, (who works in business development and account management with Fisher Design) and wife Brandi (a Fashion Designer) was an accomplished track star. They have three beautiful daughters named Haley (9) Olivia (7) and Ava (3), who are indeed the light of their grandfather’s eye.
2007 Hall Of Fame
Tanya Wilkinson – 2007
In 1984 Tanya and her husband, Randy Wilkinson, moved to Aurelia, Iowa, from a small Northwest Missouri town near Tarkio. In the spring of 1986, the couple received a call from Don White, Tournament Director of the CABA 11 & Under World Series. The tournament had just received word of a late team cancellation and could the Wilkinsons get a team together on short notice. Their friends in Tarkio knew of the love for baseball that Tanya and Randy had so they also knew this would be the perfect call to make, and of course, with just that one call a team from Northwest Iowa was committed to the tournament.
This began the love relationship between the Wilkinsons and CABA. Tanya made a positive impression on Executive Director Roger Tremaine because of the energy and organizational skills she exhibited. In the fall of 1987, Tanya was asked to become the Franchise Director for the National CABA Organization. She enjoyed the years she served as a CABA National Director until her resignation to pursue family commitments. In addition to holding a National Office with CABA, she served 10 years as Housing Director for the CABA 10 & Under World Series held in Aurelia. Tanya still answers to “Mom Wilkinson” to some of the CABA boys they housed as 10-year-olds, which they have remained in contact with.
Tanya and Randy have always worked as a team in all their baseball endeavors. They have spent many of their anniversaries and birthdays at a ball field. Their daughter Jill was a baseball player until they moved to Aurelia where girls were expected to play softball, which she played until she graduated. Their son Ryan played baseball from T-ball, to his first CABA World Series at nine, and through his college years. Tanya has always believed strongly in CABA’s founding fathers’ motto, “Give a boy a ball, a bat, and a place to play, and he will never go astray.” As a kindergarten teacher for 25 years, she has seen how true this motto is in the lives of our youth.
Tanya and Randy now enjoy trips to Kansas City, Kansas, to spend time with Jill, Andrew, and granddaughter Hadley. They also love traveling to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to watch Ryan coach his high school teams.
Jerry Joeger – 2007
Occupation: Accountant handling small business accounts and Income taxes, Nancy works in a Bank, and together Jerry & Nancy own a retail Sporting Goods store, Yeg’s Sports. Active in the community. City Councilman for past 13 years. Past Presidents of Church Council & Kiwanis Club. Past Treasurer of YMCA (30 years). Current Sec / Treas of United Way. Current Treasurer of Elks Lodge #418, Starr Home, and Charles City Boys Little League.
In 1988 worked with a group of community leaders in establishing the 9 & Under CABA organization, hosting it’s first World Series in 1989. Several years later, Joerger was appointed the Director of the 9 & Under Division. Charles City hosted the 9 & Under Division with Joerger as Director and a host of community volunteers helping out until 2005.
EnRico Heirman – 2007
EnRico Heirman is president of Unique Perspectives Plus, Inc., an innovative firm specializing in creative management, strategic marketing, sales enhancement, community development and the orchestration of special projects and events. He is responsible for bringing nationally known motivational speakers into the Northwest Chicagoland area including the presentation of the Golden Corridor Speaker Series featuring Lou Holtz, noted author Stephen R. Covey, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Chairman John F. Sandner, and Notre Dame Vice President Dr. William P. Sexton.
His guest speaker profile list includes legendary college basketball coach Al McGuire, Vietnam hero and four time Super Bowl winner Rocky Bleier, former Chicago Bear Al Harris, Arizona State Baseball Coach Pat Murphy, LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri, former Bears Coach Dave Wannstedt, comedians Basile, and Harry Caray impressionist Ken Sevara, and Dan “Rudy” Ruettiger, who was the inspiration for the Tri-Star blockbuster hit movie “RUDY”.
He is a graduate of St. Joseph College, majoring in political science, and was a four-year starter and co-captain of their baseball team, a perennial NCAA Division II finalist. His athletic accomplishments include a high school state championship in football, a national championship in men’s major fast pitch softball, and a gold medal in the 1988 United States Olympic Festival. He has also done graduate degree work at the University of Notre Dame specializing in the development field. He is the executive director of the Greater Midwest Sports Association, responsible for orchestrating the internationally acclaimed CABA 9, 11 and 15 Year Old World Series, featuring nearly 100 state or regional championship teams from across America plus Brazil, Canada, Guam, Japan, Mexico, Panama and Puerto Rico, hosted in Northern Illinois for the past 16 consecutive years. The ten day event is known for it’s spectacular opening ceremonies that include world class pageantry, fireworks and appearances such as the Zooperstars, Jesse White Tumblers, The Skyriders Trampoline Team, Dutchie Caray and several major college coaches and MLB celebrities. Over 1500 players, coaches, families and fans are transported annually, via luxury buses, to a Major League Baseball game. Each year the event has earned Tournament of Excellence honors and was again selected as the National World Series Site of the Year in 2008. The Famous San Diego Chicken is tentatively slated for an appearance in 2009. The economic impactgenerated from the event is well over $1 million for the Northern Illinois region. Heirman also serves as the CABA National VP of Marketing and is the liaison with respective sports commission representatives, and prospective sponsorship partnerships.
The Jaycees honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award and he was recently elected to the Global Baseball Alliance Board of Directors. In 2007, he was inducted to the CABA National Hall of Fame and in 2008 was inducted into the Indiana ASA Hall of Fame with his Trans-Aire International national championship team. This year he was also selected as the recipient of the prestigious Roger Tremaine Memorial CABA National Person of the Year Award.
EnRico is also the promoter of the McHenry County High School Boys and Girls Basketball All Star Extravaganza held at the historic Alden-Hebron HS gymnasium in Hebron in honor of the legendary 1952 Illinois High School Boys Basketball State Champions. Benny the Bull and the the Rim Rockers have entertained between games.
He is currently working on a major Inspirational Family Movie / Speaker Series, and is a frequent speaker at community related, cause oriented events. He is also a key player in the successful efforts toward building a new Multi Purpose Events Venue / Baseball Stadium located in Woodstock, Illinois scheduled to open in 2010. Mr. Heirman’s philosophy . . . “Ninety percent of what happens in America is positive and we need to start reemphasizing these positives. Strong kids, strong families, and strong communities is what it’s all about and it’s time to get back to basics. Let’s start nurturing one another, for when people feel good about themselves, good things tend to happen.”
EnRico resides in northern Illinois with his wife, Amy, who is an organizational management consultant for United Airlines certified in multiple disciplines. His daughter, Jacqueline Kronk, was recently married (Adam) and serves as the Director of Development at The Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Indiana. His son, Montana played basketball at Bradley University and the University of South Florida where he is in his senior season and just returned from an educational excursion to Moscow. His youngest son, Shane, is pursuing his degree while playing basketball at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.
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Dr. Duane Buck – 2007
Duane was looking for a practical real-world example of a computer application that could be used in his senior level C++ course for computer science majors. While co-teaching an elementary computer science course at Otterbein College in 1993 with Executive Director Roger Tremaine he learned that there was a need for a PC version of the CABA statistical program. This began his involvement with the Continental Amateur Baseball Association.
Early versions of his C++ program were developed and used both in his Otterbein course work and by the Executive Directors early as 1994. The speed of reading in files and sorting for reports was done quickly. However, the C++ framework he based the user interface on was different from the Macintosh interface Roger had developed using Future Basic, and Roger did not think the program should be distributed because it might cause confusion. That slowed the project until 1997 when Duane decided to do the computer interface with the new JAVA programming language being developed by Sun Micro systems, Inc. Duane spent months rewriting the interface using the Java programming language and then spent more months with Roger running the two programs side-by-side making the Java version click-for-click, keystroke-for-keystroke, and message-for-message identical to the Future Basic version.
CABA now utilizes Duane’s version exclusively. Duane has also been developing the cababaseball.com website for the past ten years. All the statistics for the current year and past years are available on the website. Schedules are developed and distributed on the website. The website is driven by a database that records many aspects of the CABA organization.
Duane was born in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1953. His family moved to the Detroit, Michigan area in 1957. He graduated from Henry Ford High School in 1971 and from Lawrence Technical University with a BS in Physics and Mathematics in 1975. He received a Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1977. Duane worked as a systems analyst at American Natural Service Company from 1977-1979, General Motors from 1979-1985 and Ford Motor Company from 1985-1987. From 1987 to 1991 he was working full time on his Ph.D. degree and teaching as a graduate associate at The Ohio State University. Duane received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 1993. He has been employed by Otterbein College since 1991 and currently has tenure and holds the rank of Associate Professor.
Continental Baseball is appreciative of all the work that Duane has put into this project on both the statistical program development and the Internet.
George Omachi – Starting Nine
George “Hats” Omachi , 68 of Fresno, former Commissioner Continental Amateur Baseball Association, Former Scout Houston Astros, offers some fundamental and veteran tips on baseball that he’s collected through his years of playing , coaching and scouting the game.
Pat Solomita – Starting Nine
Pat Solomita has been the CABA Northeast Regional Director since 1984. Born in Brooklyn New York Pat was a member of the New York City Police Department, retiring after 26 years as a lieutenant. He has been and still is involved in Sandlot Baseball for the past 36 years.
As a coach and a manager his teams have traveled to many tournament sites winning regional and world championships. He was a co-founder and Vice President of the Bergen Beach Youth Organization since its inception in 1980 and became president in 1994. This organization is a full service community agency providing sports, recreation, community events and intergenerational programs.
Pat and his wife Marge still live in Brooklyn and are very proud of their 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Patrick Solomita CABA Northeast Regional Director.
Ed Carpenter – Starting Nine
Ed Carpenter joined The Continental Amateur Baseball Association over 22 years ago, after a very persuasive call from then Executive Director Roger Tremaine. After 22 years he is still involved as the High School National age Division Director for the CABA World Series held in Euclid, Ohio and 5 of the surrounding Cities.
Ed’s Wife Sandy, Sons Scott and Matt along with 7 Grandchildren – Jacob, Mathew, Jessie, Jaime, William, Michael and Charlie have all been to games and been involved in this great event. CABA in all ages is truly a great family event. The High School World Series during its 21 years has won consecutive Tournament of Excellence Awards, The Tournament of the Year twice and Ed has been awarded the CABA Person of the year.
The strength of CABA is in its people and their commitment to the kids. Starting with Roger Tremaine and closely followed by this years as well as those who will follow in subsequent years including their supporting staffs. I’m certain if you asked each of the inaugural class they would tell you their strength and accomplishments were achieved with the help of all the people who believed and shared the dream of creating “The Greatest Show on Dirt” for the kids of America The Carribean and South America.
Len DiForte – Starting Nine
Len has devoted most of his adult life to coaching, managing and promoting Amateur Baseball. He is presently the president of the Metropolitan Collegiate Summer Baseball of Illinois and First Vice President of the All American Baseball Association.
He was introduced to CABA by Neil Winegarner and Roger Tremaine in 1985 and became a State Director. His accomplishments with CABA were bringing Crystal Lake, Illinois as the host site of the most successful 15 Ultimate National Division World Series, he has worked hard in keeping the National College Level World Series alive. Upon retiring from CABA, his duties as State Director, were turned over to Fran Pell who has proven to be a great asset to the CABA program as Len has continued to improve and promote Amateur Baseball.
Len’s dedication and devotion to promoting College Level Baseball has earned him the honor of being an Official of the AAABA, who has presented premier College Level National Tournaments. For the last 62 years over 375 participants rose to the level of playing Major League Baseball. Players like Frank and Joe Torre, Manny Ramirez, Reggie Jackson and Jim Smoltz just to name a few. In addition to being a part of CABA, Len has been North Zone Director with PONY baseball, North Zone Director with the Collegiate Summer Baseball Association, past President of Glen Elyn Boys Baseball, Past President and Founder of West Dupage Colt and Palomino Leagues, past President and Founder of The American Classic Baseball League and is still an active member with the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Awards received by Len are from the international Athletic Foundation (Lifetime Achievement Award) the Pitch & Hit Club (Bill Veeck Lifetime Achievement Award) PONY Baseball (Wall Of Fame), and CABA (State Director of the Year). Len has also received Awards from local baseball organizations and for volunteer and civic work in his community.
Len DiForte has been and still is a mentor to Managers, Coaches and Players, and will continue to be involved with Amateur Baseball. A true lover of Baseball Len is a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corp. Helen, his wife has also been involved in Len’s activities and has helped raise their nine children, who have produced 25 Grandchildren and 33 Great Grandchildren. Len and Helen reside in Wheaton, Illinois.
Janis Hogg – Starting Nine
Janis was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. She married Steve Hogg and is the mother of th
ree children, Stephanie, Steve and Kelly. Janis is the grandmother of five grandsons. She has been very involved with the Continental Amateur Baseball Association since its inception.
Janis was appointed to the position of CABA Ohio State Commissioner during 1995, and elected their first ever Secretary during September of 2000, having also served on the rules committee. She has served in the capacity of Tournament Director for CABA Tournaments held in Marion, Ohio for the past seven years. Janis has been very active, working with her husband Steve with Marion Baseball for Youth where she has worked Bingo twice a week since it inception.
Steve Hogg – Starting Nine
Steve Hogg, Continental Amateur Baseball Association 1992 person of the year and current Ohio State Director also wears many hats which include, North Commissioner of the Central Ohio Amateur Baseball Federation and President of Marion Baseball For Youth.
After being appointed Northern Commissioner of the C.O.A.B.F. by President Lou Tiberi in April, 1984 has been re-elected to that post by their Board of Directors since that time. He currently lives at 494 Bimini Drive, in Marion, Ohio with his wife Janis. Steve has three children: Stephanie, Steven and Kelly.
Steve started in baseball as a manager of an 8 year old team in the Marion Baseball for Youth program in 1969. He continued to manage teams in one of the age groups in that program for five more years. During 1974, Steve was elected Vice President of the Marion Baseball for Youth program. In 1977, when Steve became President of Marion Baseball for Youth, he restructured the entire program in two year age groups and introduced a rule whereby every boy would play one full game of every two that the boys team would play. Steve’s program has been running bingo two nights a week and has been able to pay off all debts on the Marion, Ohio Lincoln Park Complex, completing major field improvements on ten baseball diamonds, including new lights and is completing the Steve Hogg Sr. Youth Center including paying off the new building which includes, batting cages and a complete indoor baseball facility.
Carl E. Williams – Starting Nine
Carl E. Williams resides at 4842 Magnolia Blossom Boulevard, which is located in the City of Gahanna, Ohio. Carl was born on November 29, 1936 in McRoberts, Kentucky. Carl is married to Hazel (Buntin) Williams who was born in Madisonville, Kentucky. They have two children, Dreama Faye and Carl Jeffrey. Carl attended Jackson High School in Jackson, Ohio graduating in 1954. Carl has held numerous positions including those with the Kroger Company, Sears and is presently employed by the Nationwide Insurance Company in Columbus, Ohio.
His baseball history includes, but is not limited to, coaching with the NCAA (North Columbus Athletic Association) during 1996 until becoming traveling Commissioner with this group. He has held two NABF (National Amateur Baseball Federation) 14 year old World Series during the 1982 and 1983 season. Carl was the National Public Relations Director for the NABF from 1981 to 1984 receiving their man of the year award during 1982. Carl became associated with the COABF (Central Ohio Amateur Baseball Federation) during 1979 and was ultimately elected to the office of Vice-President until 1984 when he became their Commissioner. He was awarded their person of the year award in 1982.
1984 is when Carl began his tenure with the Continental Amateur Baseball Association as their Public Relations Director. Two short years later (1986) Carl was elected to his present position as Continental Amateur Baseball’s President. Carl won the Columbus Dispatch most prestigious award for community service which was awarded to him on Thursday, February 25, 1993 at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. Carl earned the CABA Person of the year during 1989, with this award being presented at the 1989 Annual Meeting. During 1996 Carl was presented a special award for dedication to the youth of our Nation by the CABA Executive Board.
His most prized possessions are his family. Recently Carl said “I am devoted to my son, daughter and grandchildren. They are truly my greatest joy and accomplishment in life. Last but not least, my wife Hazel is truly my inspiration in Life.” The Continental Amateur Baseball Association is truly fortunate to have a person of the caliber of Mr. Carl E. Williams as its Vice President – Emeritus.
John Mocny – Starting Nine
Residence: Euclid, Ohio; Family: Wife Carole, sons Doug (Cathy) and Tim (Gina), Grandchildren: Douglas, Eric, Nicholas, Adam, and Marrisa; Education: Euclid Senior High School; Occupation: Retired, prior to retirement PlantManager for Ameritech and Ohio Bell Telephone for 39 1/2 years retiring during 1991; Hobbies: Baseball, Basketball, Fishing and Golf; Favorite Team: Cleveland Indians.
Looking Back: When California’s George “Hats” Omachi was killed in a automobile accident, John added yet another title to his resume; Commissioner and Newspaper Editor for the Continental Amateur Baseball Association. President Williams appointed John to fulfill the term of office “Hats” had been elected to, and John was elected to that same position at the next Annual Meeting.
Being Commissioner is like being Vice-President. Carl E. Williams is our President. The Continental Amateur Baseball Associations one of the best amateur baseball organizations in the Nation. When he first got started he thought being Commissioner of The Euclid Boys league (800+ players) was a large undertaking. Being Commissioner of the Continental Amateur Baseball Association represents numerous challenges which John enjoys handling.
When President Williams asked John to assume the responsibilities as Commissioner he looked into his credentials: Lifetime Euclid, Ohio resident including editor of The Continental Amateur Baseball Association’s Winter and Fall News plus the High School World Series Edition of the Baseball City News. Also included are many civic offices. He was Chairman of the City of Euclid, Ohio Enterprise Zone Committee. John’s Euclid Boys League offices held include: Commissioner, Vice-Commissioner, Treasurer, League President, Manager, Coach, First Life member, First Mr. Euclid Boys League. John has been a Trustee in the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, has been Chairman, and is now the Vice-Chairman of the City of Euclid, Ohio Planning and Zoning Commission. John said “I have held every office in the Euclid Boys League except secretary, and if I had a computer at the time I would have held that position.”
With Mocny’s devotion to the diamond, his fondest coaching memories have come in basketball, where as Athletic Director and Coach at St. Christine’s, he led his teams to eight championship seasons in the St. Joseph CYO League.
John got involved in Euclid, Ohio baseball when his oldest son Doug, then nine years old, signed up to play in the Euclid Boys League.
John said “Sports keeps me busy and I enjoy it. My philosophy when working with the youth of our nation is, if we can provide them with a place to play, we can keep them off the streets and off drugs. Maybe this gives them a fighting chance. It’s tough being a young person these days, a lot tougher than when I was growing up. I’ll do it as long as I am able. You meet a lot of wonderful people and a lot of nice players. It’s so rewarding to have players return ten years later and say Hi Mr. Mocny.
Roger Tremaine – Starting Nine
Roger Tremaine† served as the Executive Director of theContinental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) from May, 1984 – October of 2005. He attended the original organization meeting of the CABA in the fall of 1983 called by founder and first President Ron Golden and Vice-president Scott Stewart. Roger was the CABA Person of the Year in 1984. Other benchmarks and accomplishments include Roger serving as: a term as President of the All American Amateur Baseball Association; President of the Ohio Association of the American Amateur Baseball Congress; 1997 American Amateur Baseball Congress Executive of the Year; Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana State Director of Dizzy Dean Baseball; Colt Regional Director for the West Region of the East Zone USA of Pony Baseball; Executive Director and founder of the Central Ohio Amateur Baseball Federation; 1980 Central Ohio Amateur Baseball Federation Person of the year. He did all that while further nurturing youths in his “real world” profession as Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Otterbein College. The Central Ohio Amateur Baseball Federation (COABF) was born in 1979 as a result of the efforts of Roger Tremaine.
Roger was born in Bedford, Ohio in 1939. He attended Bedford High School, Kent State University, Arizona State University and Ohio State University. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education at Kent State University and his masters in Mathematics at Arizona State University. During 1958 Roger began his association with Amateur Baseball working in the Cleveland Baseball Federation program. His association with the Cleveland organization led to the involvement with various National Baseball organizations. He served on several National and State Tournament Committees.
Roger’s innovative ideas of round robin tournaments, single age programs, low cost fees and an all volunteer staff have made the CABA into one of the most competitive baseball organizations in the World. Having teams participate from Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Korea, and Japan gave the CABA instant credibility.
Computers have always played a big part in Rogers life, his development of the CABA Statistical program and the CABA World Wide Web site was most assuredly one of his greatest interests. Roger believed in being a member of all Amateur Baseball programs that do not limit registrations in other national programs so that more players would get the opportunity to play highly competitive tournament baseball. This type of thinking has structured many CABA rules to not interfere with meeting that objective. Roger was loved and recognized throughout the world, CABA and amateur baseball as a whole was very lucky to have a friend like Roger.
The CABA national board changed the name of the Most Valuable Player Award to “The Roger Tremaine Most Valuable Player” and The Person of The Year Award to “The Roger Tremaine Person of The Year Award”, in Roger’s honor. For many years, Roger was certainly our Most Valuable Player.