Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said, "Phillip Bryan has been involved with our program for over 36 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."
Phillip P. "Pudge" Bryan was a loyal 36 year servant to the Harrison County Babe Ruth League. He's coached multiple teams including an American Legion, CIO Local No.2, and a Clarksburg team that went all the way to the Regional Finals in Hornell, N.Y. in 1962. Pudge was noticed for his endless enthusiasm for Babe Ruth, and for his numerous hours spent maintaining Frank Loria Memorial Field, along with others.
Along with being inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame, the field he maintained, Frank Loria Memorial Field, was the scene of Phillip "Pudge" Bryan Recognition Day. He was presented with a proclamation by the Vice Mayor of Clarksburg, and a "Citation of Appreciation," by the legion baseball program commander.
Phillip Bryan was a man ahead of his time. He always considered his athletes first and winning second. Although baseball season began and ended year after year, his concern for young athletes lasted from the time he met each and every one of them throughout their lives. His impact was felt throughout the community as he was able to impress upon each player the importance of becoming a contributing member of society.
A local friend Jack Moore states, "Even now as I coach throughout the youth leagues of Harrison County, I often recall those games when Mr. Bryan shouted instructions at me in an effort to improve my game. The irony of it is that I was an opposing player; however, he felt strongly that each and every player should play the game as intended, with his ultimate goal to build not dominating teams, but instead a first class league.