Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said, "Tom Dowd has been involved with our program for over 8 years. He is a very dedicated volunteer and plays a major role in the success the organization enjoys today. It is a proud moment to have a person of his caliber inducted into the Hall of Fame."
Dowd's dedication to the ideals and growth of Babe Ruth Baseball started in 1969. Tom Dowd was not only respected and loved by officials in the New England area, but also his fellow National Board Members and the Babe Ruth Headquarters staff.
Dowd is a well known entity. He attended Holy Cross College at Worchester, MA. He was a professional Basketball player, and coached football and basketball at Loyola Prep in Baltimore. Aside from a professional basketball player, Dowd was an NFL official for over 20 years, and broadcasted the New York Giants football games for CBS for 2 years. Tom was traveling secretary for the Boston Red Sox for 24 years, also holding the Director of Community Relations position for the organization.
As you can tell, Tom Dowd was a highly recognized man. He is a well known speaker throughout the country. His services required high fees. Yet, Tom NEVER charged a Babe Ruth League to speak at banquets, tournaments, opening days, etc. Dowd's ties to the Red Sox enabled him to hold annual coaches' clinics at Fenway Park with an attendance of over 500 coaches for the Babe Ruth League Day.
As an International Board Member for the Babe Ruth League, Tom Dowd was elected into its Hall of Fame in 1979.