The Babe Ruth International Board of Directors at their annual meeting held recently unanimously elected Robert (Bob) Nelson of Rocky Ford, Colorado, into its Hall of Fame. BRL President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said, "Bob has been involved with our program for close to 40 years. Our volunteer network is the lifeblood of our organization. Bob has proven this to be true many, many times. His dedication has helped enrich the experience of many Babe Ruth participants."
Nelson joined the Babe Ruth program in 1973 as a coach for the Santa Fe, Colorado Babe Ruth League, a position he held for several years until being elected president of the league. In 1979, Nelson left the local league level to serve as a District Commissioner and Assistant State Commissioner for the Colorado Babe Ruth Leagues. In 1998, Nelson took over as interim State Commissioner upon the tragic loss of then State Commissioner John Denver. Because of his proven leadership, he was elected as Colorado State Commissioner at the end of the term and held that position until 2010. In addition, Nelson has served on several task forces at numerous Midwest Plains regional tournaments.
Nelson didn't limit his community involvement to baseball; he was also active in the Boys & Girls Club, the Quarterback Club, the local School Board, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Arts Commission.
Even though Nelson is retired from the Babe Ruth program, he is still very active in promoting the organization's benefits. Nelson continues to raise the bar for youth sports. His focus is always on youth and is committed to the principle that if there is a child who wants to play, he will find a way for him/her to play.
Nelson's other honors include being voted Rocky Ford Outstanding Citizen, Otero County, Colorado Youth Volunteer and induction into the Colorado Babe Ruth Hall of Fame.
Robert Nelson joins more than 200 individuals and organization who have earned the distinction of being inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame.
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to developing better citizens by providing properly supervised baseball and softball competition for 4 through 18-year-old players. It is the basic intent of Babe Ruth League that every player who has a desire to play the sport is given the opportunity to participate and have fun.