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Reunion being planned for local American Legion state qualifying team

The summer of 1973 was special for a group of local baseball players. They are preparing to reunite to look back on their successful season.


A reunion is being planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Bellefontaine American Legion baseball team playing in the state tournament. Pictured are, from the left, front row: Kip Louden, Mike Kerns, Jim Cushman, bat boy Chris Hildreth, Ed Hildreth, Steve Hammond and Matt Myers; and back row: coach Kent Tennant, Scott Albert, scorekeeper Bruce Haw, Dave Nichols, Mark Elliott, Robin Long, Tom Marine, Chris Peters, Steve Donohoe, John Bault, Randy Williams, Steve Ralston and manager Dick Smith.

The Bellefontaine American Legion baseball team advanced to the state tournament in 1973, a rare achievement considering the powerful Lima squads that Bellefontaine always had to go through.

In celebration of the upcoming 40th anniversary of that season, team members Tom Marine and Scott Albert are organizing a reunion.

According to Marine, they have had trouble locating some of the players on the squad.

Any team member who is interested in attending the reunion should send an e-mail to either Marine ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Albert ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Along with Marine and Albert, players on the 1973 squad included John Bault, Jim Cushman, Steve Donohoe, Mark Elliott, Steve Hammond, Ed Hildreth, Mike Kerns, Robin Long, Kip Louden, Matt Myers, Dave Nichols, Chris Peters, Steve Ralston and Randy Williams.

Kent Tennant was the coach and the late Dick Smith was the team’s manager. Chris Hildreth was the bat boy and the late Bruce Haw was the scorekeeper.

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