Post 20 is organizing an alumni group, and Terry LeCroy needs help.
LeCroy, who is spearheading the project, is aiming to build interest in the Greenwood American Legion Post 20 baseball program by building a base of people who have been affiliated with the program in any way from 1941 to 2017.
Membership in the group is open to former players, coaches, managers, bat boys, announcers, reporters, baseball committee members and even fans of the program. Veterans, whether they are part of American Legion or not, are also encouraged to join the group.
LeCroy said members of the group may be as active as they choose.
“This thing is not going to be a burden to anybody,” LeCroy said. “It’s going to be, if you want to be a part of this all you’ve got to do is say, ‘I’d like to be a part of it.’ We’re not going to say, ‘Well, you’ve got to pay $25 to be part of it.’”
But if people would like to donate to the program, Dale Kittles, program director, ensures the money will only be used to help the baseball program.
“Whatever donation they do, it’s to Greenwood Post 20 baseball program,” Kittles said. “It goes to baseball, used strictly for baseball.”
Mainly, the purpose of the alumni group will be to share information about past teams, support this year’s team and make recommendations regarding the program.
LeCroy said although he has a list of previous players’ names, the biggest challenge is getting in touch with them. In the past 76 years, nearly 1,000 people have played for Post 20, and many former players have moved away from the Lakelands.
But LeCroy is just as interested in reconnecting with his old teammates from the early 1960s as he is tracking down those who played a decade or two ago.
“Our goal is to find one person from each team that will help us,” LeCroy said. “We’ll challenge that person to get in touch with the guys they played ball with and try to get their information for us.”
Though he exceeded the age limit to play on the 1966 state championship team by about 20 days, LeCroy called the years he spent with Post 20 “some of the best memories” of his life.
Two of LeCroy’s teams in the 1960s won the regional championship, and he sees this as a way to support a program that helped him in many ways on and off the baseball field.
“It’d be wonderful to have this group of people together where we could just have fellowship,” he said.
“I’d love to see some of these people I haven’t seen in years.”
Everyone who has been involved with Post 20 baseball in any capacity is encouraged to contact LeCroy at 864-993-2100 or by email at Greenwoodpost20baseball@gmail.com. The mailing address is as follows:
Greenwood American Legion Post 20 Baseball
806 Calhoun Ave.
Greenwood, S.C. 29649
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