MIDDLEPORT — David Boyd’s 23 years of working with the Middleport Youth League was recognized at a special gathering of players and supporters Sunday afternoon at Hartinger Park.
The event was a complete surprise for Boyd who was picked up by the police and transported to the park where he was greeted by a large number of ball players, league coaches and other people involved in baseball programs at the park.
A retired American Electric Power Co. employee, Boyd noted that when he started working with Little League, there were 10 teams. Participation has grown over the years and today there are 51 teams consisting of 611 kids, he said.
Boyd has been president of the Middleport League for 13 years and also currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the Big Bend League.
Baseball has long been a part of Boyd’s life. He was on the first Meigs County Legion Team to make it to the state competition.
The recognition of Boyd was planned by Woody Call III, who has also been involved with Middleport Little League for many years, along with Jackie Fox and Amy Barber, faithful League workers.
Special guests were Boyd’s mother, Helen Boyd, and a faithful Little League baseball supporter, Woodrow Call, Jr., both of whom are in wheelchairs and reside at Overbrook Center. His sister, Donna Boyd, was also there, as was his three year old granddaughter, Kyla, who is already in t-ball.