AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL
PRESS RELEASE: West Limestone's American Legion
Baseball Team, known as Post 49 West, "played for all the marbles"
at Troy State University on Sunday afternoon and took them home. The
17 year old and under team, coached by Chris Sherrill, won four of
their five games, which put them in a re-match game with Hartselle.
After a hard fought game the result was Athens Post 49 West, 5, and
Hartselle Post 52, 4. To play Hartselle for the second time Post 49
West defeated Tuscaloosa Steal, Tuscaloosa Post 34, and Dothan.
Following the game the championship trophy was presented to the team
by the State Commander of the American Legion, Ron Hagood.
Carlisle B. Grisham Post 49 has a long history of involvement with American Legion Baseball. Indeed, our name sake, Carlisle Grisham was a well known player in our area who loved the game. Traditionally, Athens Post 49 supported both junior level (14 to 16 year olds) and senior level (16, 17 & 18 year olds) teams, but currently we support only the Junior Level. The year 2006 was our last year to support the senior level and our Post team won the state championship that year. We presently sponsor four teams in the junior level. If one of our teams wins the district and the state level competitions, well who knows, we may just produce a national champion.
The American Legion Baseball Program was begun in 1925 and the first national level tournament was held in 1926. Over the years many boys, locally and nationally, have benefitted from the program. The program promotes sportsmanship, the principles of team work, intellectual and physical development, and all of these leads to the development of good citizens, which is our primary objective. Additionally, many young men have benefitted by regional recognition and the opportunity to play in both the minor and major leagues. University scholarships have also been awarded to many of these young men.
Below is a photograph of the Post 49 State Champions of 2006
Mr. Baseball, George Fetter, shows off the Post Trophy case with its centerpiece being the 2006 State Championship Trophy. George spent sixteen years raising funds and promoting American Legion Baseball with his crowning accomplishment being a significant contribution to the championship team. See ABOUT US for more information on American Legion Baseball and our Post support for that activity.