Beloved coach remembered Ballfield dedicated in Herring's honor
ELYSBURG - Glenn Herring of Elysburg was not only an outstanding baseball player, coach and umpire, but a great role model for those who played for, with or against him.
The man who dedicated more than 30 years of his life to coaching Little League, teener league and amateur adult baseball in the Elysburg area was honored Sunday afternoon not only for
his many great teams, but his devotion to the youth and young men of the community and morals he instilled in them.
During a program held in conjunction with the 94th annual All Home Days celebration, the youth baseball field at Ralpho Township Community Park was dedicated as the Glenn Herring Memorial Field. The festivities, which were attended by approximately 100 people including 25 former players or colleagues of Herring, family members and friends, also featured the donation of a new electronic scoreboard in right field by Giant Food Stores.
Rick Herring, one of the coach's three sons who played for and with him, served as master of ceremonies.
Herring, who serves as president of Giant Food Stores, said his father founded Elysburg's Little League and teener league baseball teams in the 1960s and served as player-manager of the adult amateur baseball team in the local area in the West Branch League.
"My dad, along with constant support from my mom, Dolores, helped to bring baseball alive for the young men in Elysburg and throughout Ralpho Township," he said. "In the 1950s, he started a town team for men. This memorial honors my dad and all those who helped him start baseball in Elysburg, plus all those who coach our kids today."
Glenn Herring passed away in September 2011, and his wife died in June 2012.
He added, "For dad, it was all about helping the kids. I'm grateful to everyone for coming out here today to honor my father with this great tribute."
Herring, who presented a history of baseball in the Elysburg area while sporting a Cal Ripken Baltimore Orioles jersey, particularly praised his father's longtime friend and former teammate and coach, Lamar Richie, of Elysburg, for organizing the dedication ceremony.
Richie talked about Herring's great love for the kids and game of baseball.
"He raised a wonderful family and taught good fundamental baseball to the players," Richie said. "He never raised his voice and was always a true sportsman."
Jim "Steck" Williams, who served as treasurer and fundraising coordinator for Herring's Little League teams, said, "It was a thrill to work together with Glenn for 18 years. He was a great man. I first got to know him in 1960. We hit it off immediately because we loved baseball and we both had three boys who also loved the game."
Williams offered a prayer at the beginning of the program.
After all of Coach Herring's former players and colleagues were presented commemorative baseballs marking the special event, Glenn Herring's brother, Paul Herring, recited scripture before dedicating the baseball diamond with a prayer.
Rick Herring's older brothers, Bob and Randy Herring, then threw out and caught, respectively, the ceremonial first pitch, which was followed by younger players taking batting and fielding practice.
Dick Kashner, of Shamokin Township, who played amateur baseball against Herring in the 1960s, described him as "a good hitter and a real gentleman."
Dale Yost, of Catawissa RD, who played for Herring and managed the Roaring Creek Valley adult team before Herring succeeded him, said, "Coach Herring had many great teams. The 28-3 team in 1980 was probably the best. He was a very good coach who attracted a lot of talent because all the players wanted to play for him."
Doug Richie, of Stroudsburg, and Bill Marquette, of the Harrisburg area, both played Little League, teener league and adult league baseball for Herring.
"This is a tremendous tribute to Coach Herring," Doug Richie said. "It was an honor to be part of the festivities. He was a great mentor who stressed teamwork and fellowship."
Marquette added, "Coach Herring was a true gentleman who never raised his voice to a player or umpire. He taught us important values in life that we still have today."