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“Dale Baker Opening Day” Starts Little League Season

South Cheatham Little League Announces “Dale Baker Opening Day” 2012

On Saturday, April 14, you’ll want to be at Pegram Ballpark to watch all the T-ball, baseball and softball players make their parade around the field. In addition, we will be honoring a very special man!

If you’ve ever been to a South Cheatham Little League game, chances are, you’ve seen him! Many have been lucky enough to work closely with him. Dale has been a volunteer in South Cheatham for (at least) the past 27 years! He has coached T-ball thru 13-15 baseball, served on the SCLL board in different positions, umpired, and been the head umpire for many years, up until his retirement last year.

No matter the weather, if there was a game, Dale was the one you would see cutting grass, and dragging and marking the fields. There have been lots of volunteers, but none so constant and dedicated!

Born and raised in Kingston Springs, this is where his roots are. Dale even turned down the opportunity to play with such greats as Ken Griffey, Sr., Pete Rose and Johnny Bench after going to training camp with the Cincinnati Reds, so he could raise his sons in his hometown. Not only did he raise his three sons (Daniel, Zane and Cory) by himself, he has also raised countless others. Dale was a foster parent and Daniel said he can remember phone calls during the night that a child was coming to live with them. They are still in touch with some of them. Anyone who needed a place to stay, family or stranger, was welcomed by this loving family!

On top of all that, Dale serves as a preacher between two churches, Dunns Chapel Church of Christ in Cumberland Furnace and Acorn Hills Church of Christ in White Bluff, and it can’t be left out- is a very devoted son.

Daniel, Zane and Cory see their Dad as their leader, someone to look up to. Their pride in him is so evident when you see them together or hear them talk of their father.

On “Dale Baker Opening Day, Dale will be honored with a plaque on the concession stand and a couple of longtime friends will have a few word about this m an who has given so much to our children, our communities, our ballpark and to anyone who knows him.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 14. Watch the paper for times. This is one you won’t want to miss!

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