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  • 66 Year Old Don McCreary Comes Full Circle

     

    "From 85 year old Historic Clark Field in Woodland California… August 25, 2014"

    Submitted by Lanny Ropke, Woodland-Davis MSBL

    The Woodland Davis Roy Hobbs Men’s Baseball League celebrated its 28 year anniversary with the retirement of 66 year old Don McCreary, the very first batter in the league’s inaugural game on August 1, 1987.

    About a hundred people were in attendance at historic Clark Field last Monday night to see McCreary dig into the same batter’s box as he did on August 1, 1987. After his at bat, the game was then stopped by Board Member Lanny Ropke who then presented McCreary with a plaque denoting his long time service to the league. Playing for Wagnon Chiropractic at that time, later renamed the Seals, McCreary had the distinction of playing for the same team his entire 28 years, according to one of the league founders and past president, Lanny Ropke.

    "Don is a very unique person, a friend to everyone, was a wonderful center fielder and knew how to play the game the right way, a true sportsman and gentleman” said Ropke. His presence around the ball park will be truly missed.

    Many of Don’s teammates and fellow competitors from the past attended the game, including two from the original league, Lee Jackson and Tom Melendrez. Don was also a member of the inaugural Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series championship team in 1988, as the Woodland Davis team defeated a team from Sacramento that featured ex Giant’s pitcher Jim Barr.

    "I love the game of baseball,’ said McCreary, ‘and I will miss all of the camaraderie of being with my teammates.’ No one, including McCreary, could remember if he got a hit in that first at bat, but he went out in style on Monday night, with a hit up the middle.

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