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Dixie Boys Baseball, Inc. announces that they will formally honor Andy Dooley as a member of their Hall of Fame. The recognition ceremony will be held on October 19, 2013 at the Moose Lodge in Bedford. Dooley is a current resident of Thaxton.
Dooley was elected as the first State Director for Virginia in 1979. The program had a very humble beginning with seven teams and two leagues in that first season. Under the leadership of Dooley, the program grew to 29 teams in 1980. The rapid expansion of the Virginia program created a need to elect District Directors. At one time the state had over 175 teams while registering over 100 umpires. Dooley was directly responsible for managing a well-organized state program that provided recreational opportunities for youth through the game of baseball.
Andy served as State Director through the 1991 season. Dixie Boys Baseball recognized his dedicated service by naming him Vice President of the national organization in 1992. Included in his many achievements were the 1992 Dixie Boys World Series in Bedford and expanded recreational opportunities for youth that he directly spearheaded for Bedford County and the entire Dixie program. He served as Vice President until accepting the Marketing Director position with Dixie Boys Baseball in 2000. He retired in 2002 and was deservingly named as a Life Member of Dixie Boys Baseball.
The Hall of Fame was created in 2011 with the first inductee being Bubba Brasher, program founder. Dooley joins an impressive Class of 2012 that have all made outstanding contributions to the program. This class is comprised of those that have also achieved the status of “Life Members” with the Dixie Boys Baseball organization. The inclusion of each member to the Hall of Fame is based on their many years of dedicated volunteer service to the organization.
J. Sandy Jones, Commissioner/CEO commented, “It is wonderful that Dixie Boys Baseball will recognize the many contributions of Andy Dooley by naming him to the Hall of Fame. We were very fortunate to have the leadership of Andy and without a doubt he made a lasting impression on our organization. He gave of his time and talents and we are forever indebted to him for his dedicated service to young people in Virginia as well as the entire program."