Baseball & Ketchikan's
By Travis Sharp
June 15, 2006
Ken Lewis coached me from T-Ball to High School graduation.
Life long neighbors on 2nd/3rd Ave. and Madison. Jeff Lewis
and I grew up being taught the greatest game on this planet,
baseball. Summers consisted of Ken sacrificing his mornings
or afternoons to take us to the batting cage, get us on a workout
routine, even demanding we throw down the oversized whiffle ball
bat for a size 30 Easton (in the name of establishing good swing
fundamentals). It's the only backyard whiffle ball game I've
played where a homerun was an out, and a line drive up the middle
was to be desired. You see, that's the way Ken coached us.
There were no Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols, or Ken Griffey, Jr.
on his teams (that's not what he coached). All parts came together
with Ken to "put the ball in play," and, "make
things happen." Small ball, and smart ball wins games (not
the long ball).
Ken instilled in me work ethic, motivation, drive, and competitiveness.
Of course Juneau instilled fear (we beat them that year!), but
we overcame. The highlight of Senior League, for me, was a brotherhood
and bond Ken created among us "Rebels." We spent that
entire summer together, hanging out, practicing, improving, laughing,
and learning how to win (read "compete"). We stuck
together (on the field and off). Winning comes in all forms
of course, and as Ken has said, "We weren't afraid to wear
our emotions on our sleeves."
Ken is among many good men, coaches, and parents in Ketchikan.
Let me rephrase and say, great coaches. The likes of my Father,
Doug Nausid, Tommy Craig, Dave Brown, Dave and Scott Smith, Fred
Bass, Larry Kubley, Rick Ludwigsen, Pete Ecklund, Wayne Kinunen,
Craig and Jeff Carson, Bucky Dawson, Wayne Seibel, I could get
carried away here......Please Ketchikan, value these volunteers,
these coaches and role models who put so much time aside to help
mold and create both baseball players and young men and women.
I m speaking from the point of view of someone who looks back
and thanks his lucky stars for coaches such as Ken. I also urge
the youth of Ketchikan to value these men and women; they have
a lot to teach you.
Louisville, KY - USA
About: I grew up in Ketchikan, played baseball for Ken Lewis
(in some shape or form) from age 8 to 18, and loved every minute
of it. While having been removed from Ketchikan for some time
now, I would like to reflect on the impact Ken and other local
volunteers had on myself (and I know many others), while growing
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