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No greater friend to men’s fastpitch than Bebe Garcia

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
BeBe Garcia and his Baytown Hawks, have won the Latin American State Tournament 12 years, signified by the 12 stars on Garcia's hat. Garcia was inducted into the Texas Latin American Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Texas ASA Hall of Fame in 1994 for his outstanding service and contributions to men's fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / Aug. 19, 2016

Bebe Garcia and his Baytown Hawks, have won the Latin American State Tournament 12 years, signified by the 12 stars on Garcia’s hat. Garcia was inducted into the Texas Latin American Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Texas Softball Hall of Fame in 1994 for his outstanding service and contributions to men’s fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / Aug. 19, 2016

MOLINE, IL. – Cozied up and sitting just inches from the chain link fence that surrounds home plate on field five at the ISC World Tournament sat Bebe Garcia in his lawn chair. His eyes rarely strayed from the ball diamond.

This is an 81-year-old man who has devoted a good share of his life to boys’ and men’s fastpitch. Loves the game? You bet he does.

Garcia is spry, fit, and gregarious as ever. He talks fastpitch with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face as long as anyone will listen. And his history in the sport is pretty incredible.

It all began as a kid back in the 1940s in Texas. First as a player, then a pitcher. Good? Yes he was.

But his athletic skills pale in comparison to his leadership skills, his people skills, his marketing skills. In the business world, Garcia would be applauded as a “mover and a shaker.”

The man gets things done for fastpitch in Texas. Baytown and Houston in particular.

He has formed teams, run tournaments, recruited players – mostly young and looking for someone to give them a chance. Garcia gave them that chance.

“I started a team of sandlot players, 16, 17, 18 years old,” said Garcia. “I did that for about 25 years. Then went to organized ball, and moved to Open ball.”

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