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Aaron Clark (commonly known as AC or "Coach Clark" has been a baseball player and coach in the Tallahassee area for over 48 years.
As a young player at Winthrop Park, AC was drafted by Coach Browning when he was 13 to play on the Leon Babe Ruth Team - Easom Enterprises. He went on to make the All-star team for two years and won the Kerwin Ellliot Award.
From there he went on to play at Leon High School where he was a three-year starter and member of the 1987 final four team. He was chosen at MVP, All Big Bend, and All State in 1989.
He attended Lake City Community College on a baseball scholarship, where he received numerous honors including Rookie of the Year ('90) and MVP ('91). He was selected All-Conference and All-State and started all on four JUCO All-Star Teams. In 1991, he was named Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year and was a JUCO All-American.
After completing JUCO, he signed with FSU to continue his baseball career. After a shoulder injury ended his playing career, he earned his degree in Social Sciencse and returned to Leon High School and began his coaching career.
He served as Head Coach for eleven years at Leon, during which times he won district and JV City Championships, a State Championship, and signed 24 players to baseball scholarships. He also served as Head Coach for numerous 16-18 year old Babe Ruth teams, and won a State Championship in 1997.
He also served as an associate scout with the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals, He coached in the FACA State All-Star Game, and was selected FACA District Coach of the Year three times.
He serves on the administrative team at Chiles High School, where he was Assistant Baseball Coach for 9 years. He was an integral part of building the Chiles High baseball program. During this time, AC also served on the Babe Ruth Alumni Association Board for two years.
I am nominating Tanner Collins to be inducted into this years Tallahassee Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. I believe he is a prime example to what it means for a local athlete to have gone through the ranks as a Babe Ruth player and has chosen to give back his time and knowledge of the game and life skills that his coaches poured into him over the years.
He has a passion for developing young men both on and off the field. He has been involved in developing local athletes since he left college as an athlete himself.
Over the span of 15 plus years he has coached 13-15 yr olds who have come through Tallahassee Babe Ruth, Heat travel ball teams 8u-12u, Levy Park 7-10 yr olds, and has and continues to assist at NFC doing whatever needs to be done throughout the baseball program for all teams.
I feel he exemplifies what it really means to be a part of something bigger than himself, giving back to the town that gave so much to him. He continues to pass on the tradition of TLBR to each and everyone of the athletes he comes in contact with.
Tanner coached me at North Florida Christian. His passion for the game and his passion for seeing his players perform not only on the field but off the field as well is something that has stuck with me after 10 plus years in professional baseball.
He’s kept up with my entire career and dedicated so much time to helping kids while being an incredible role not only for his players but his family as well.
Tanner represents Tallahassee baseball with pride and integrity. He’s exactly what we want people to picture when they think Tallahassee baseball.
I would like to nominate Aaron Gerteisen into the Tallahassee Leon Babe Ruth League Hall of Fame. First, Aaron was a tremendous player. He came up through the local Tallahassee Babe Ruth League and went on to star at Leon High School where he set numerous Leon High baseball records. He was a top prospect and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of high school in 1991. Aaron was inducted into the Leon High School baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Following graduation, Aaron played baseball at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) in 1992 and 1993. He helped build the foundation for the outstanding program they have today. Aaron success at TCC garnished him many honors and awards and he was inducted into the TCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Following the 1993 college season, Aaron turned pro and played 5 seasons professionally, 3 with the St. Louis Cardinal’s.
Secondly, Aaron has been a tireless advocate, supporter and volunteer for the local Babe Ruth League. He has been a parent as well as a board member who has worked tirelessly to raise funds and make the local community and Babe Ruth League better. Aaron is the very reason we have a local Babe Ruth league. He came up through the ranks, developed his skills, enjoyed a tremendous amount success and is now giving back his time and energies back to the local community.
When I first got involved with the TLBR Alumni Foundation I wasn't sure who all of the former inductees were. I assumed Brad would be in. When I found out he wasn't in I was shocked. I'm very happy to nominate Brad Parker into this HOF. Quite honestly; in my eyes, it's long overdue.
Brad has been an awesome player his entire career. He was an all star at Winthrop Park in Little League. MVP awards and batting titles at 11 and 12. He continued to accumulated individual awards throughout his Babe Ruth career. He was a key member of the 1984 Babe Ruth World Series team.
He attended Leon High School where the awards continued. He still owns the home run record at Leon some 35 years later. Big Bend POY in 1987.
His baseball career continued at FSU from 88-90. Still owns the Freshman hitting record at FSU (28 games). 2nd team All American his Freshman year. Transferred to Auburn his senior year. Amassed over 40 home runs and 220 rbi in his college career.
Drafted by the Oakland A's where he played a couple of years in the minors before a knee injury permanently ended his career.
I would nominate Mackey Sasser. I played with Mackey for Coach Mauck back in the late 1970’s. Mackey played in the major leagues for several years, some may remember him as the catcher that had troubles throwing the ball back to the pitcher.
Here is a biography taken from his retirement from George Wallace Community College
Wallace Community College-Dothan (WCCD) Head Baseball Coach Mackey Sasser has announced his retirement after 25 years leading the Govs baseball team. During his final season with Wallace, Sasser celebrated his 800th career win and will see eight members of his final team go on to play for four-year schools. His last official day with the Govs will be July 31st.
“Coach Mackey Sasser has spent his coaching career helping to shape successful collegiate careers for his baseball players at Wallace Community College-Dothan. He is a mentor and role model for so many young men, and the College is grateful that he has led our baseball program for the last two and a half decades,” said Dr. Linda C. Young, WCCD President. “Coach Sasser is a difference maker, and he will be greatly missed. We wish him well in his retirement.”
Sasser was named WCCD’s head coach at the beginning of the 1997-1998 baseball season. Starting the 2011-2012 season, Coach Sasser was named the Athletic Director for all Govs’ sports. Under Sasser’s leadership, the Govs recently finished runner-up in the 2021 NJCAA Region XXII tournament.
Coach Sasser has been named Conference Coach of the Year six times and led the Govs to the Conference Championships in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2017. Under Coach Sasser, the Govs were NJCAA Region XXII Champions in 2017 and Conference Runner-ups six times.
Coach Sasser grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and attended Wallace Community College from 1981 to 1983. One of the top JUCO prospects in the Alabama area, Sasser led the Govs to a State Championship in 1983. He signed with the San Francisco Giants organization after being drafted in the second round of the January free-agent draft in 1984. Coach Sasser played three years in the Giants Minor League system. He was named Team MVP for all three years and Topps Minor League Player of the Year in 1985. Coach Sasser spent nine seasons in the MLB with the Giants, Pirates, Mets, and Mariners.
Harvey Sweeney is one of the instrumental forces in the history of Tallahassee-Leon Babe Ruth baseball. We are proud of the rich traditions and successes of our league, but it might have had a completely different story if not for Mr. Sweeney.
After graduating from Leon High school and then playing baseball for Florida State University (1954-1956), Harvey coached for several years with Coach Tom Brown at Centennial Field. These were the early days of Babe Ruth baseball in Tallahassee.
Harvey resigned from his coaching duties after the league was moved from Centennial Field to Tom Brown Park in 1977, and became the League's President. He had learned that the program was in deep financial trouble. Through his leadership (and a lot of fish fries), he got the program back on its feet. By the time he retired from the league in 1982 . . . after 30 years of participation(!) . . . the program was well established and had evolved into the powerhouse program that we know today.
During his tenure, Harvey recruited coaches like David Browning, who in 1980 had relocated to Tallahassee and had come highly recommended by the Babe Ruth President in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
According to Coach Browning, "Harvey Sweeney is Tallahassee-Leon Babe Ruth royalty. Mr. Sweeney believed that a non-parent coached league would better prepare players for higher levels of baseball. Additionally, he always stressed to his coaches that we were building young men and good citizens and not just ball players. I sincerely hope you approve this nomination and include Harvey Sweeney in our Hall-of-Fame."
Harvey and his wife Jeanette of Chattahoochee have three sons. Ken and Roe both played Babe Ruth, and Herbert is a retired FSU Police Sergeant.
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