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Mickey Ellison Show

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May 07th 2014:Baseball: My First Love

My love of baseball was passed down to me from my father. For my dad, it was passed down to him from his father. Some of my greatest memories I have as a child were given to me by the game. Playing catch with my dad in the back yard. Wiffle Ball with my brother and friends for hours upon end. Little League memories that I cherish because my coach, Terry Smith, spent many hours with us as young boys. Two South Carolina State Championships; One at age 13 and another in high school that led to 4 years at Vanderbilt University. Now, it’s my turn to share that love with my two sons, but some

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Bob Lutz (League 42)

For many years, organized baseball has been absent from many of Wichita’s inner city neighborhoods. While a small percentage of the underprivileged youth from those neighborhoods found a way to participate in distant leagues, a majority of those youth never got the opportunity to dig in at the plate, toe the rubber … or learn to love America’s true pastime. Wichita is not alone in this disheartening situation. For two generations, the percentage of minority youth who play baseball has steadily dropped throughout the nation. This trend has even affected Major League Baseball. After seeing African-American players fill 30% of its teams’ rosters in the 1970s, that percentage dropped to just
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