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Roy Beach

1992

Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said, "Roy Beach has been involved with our program for over 35 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."

To sum up Roy's dedication, other than being a full time coach, manager, and commissioner, her volunteered as an un-paid superintendant of the Portland Park System with Portland Amateur Baseball System for 20 years. His job was to help improve the complex, and fields of play, for the park and its players. Beach introduced the Bambino program and hyped a lot of leagues into being in the Northern Portland area.

In 1984, all of his hard work awarded him the honor of re-naming Sellwood Park of Portland, the "Roy Beach Field." His efforts ranged from coaching, starting a baseball program for 13 year olds, and maintaining the District 4 Director of Oregon position for 6 years.

"Roy has been, for years, one of my best friends and helpers. With men like Roy, we have a strong program in Oregon," said Oregon State commissioner Bob Winter of 1990, "If ever there was a deserving person for the Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame, Roy is it"

Roy passed in the summer of 1990, due to terminal cancer, ending over 35 years of dedication to Babe Ruth. Even with being blind and over 82, he was concerned with his programs to continue as well as they can. He dedicated his life to baseball, and baseball gave life to him.

"I've been paid well … by seeing young men on the street that still respect me and recognize me. I've helped a lot of kids over the years. You can't ask for more payment than that." (Roy Beach)

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