GREENVILLE – Greenville Thunder, American Legion Post 140 will be holding tryouts for the 2020 season for both the senior (18U) and junior (16U) Legion teams following a winning 2019 season.

“We are looking to improve on a good season,” said Post 140 coach Chad Henry. “We made a lot of strides this year – we won 23 games this season.”

Post 140 tryouts will be held at Greenville’s Sater Heights Park, home of Legion Post 140 and will take place Sunday, July 28th and Sunday, August 4th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. with registration from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. prior to the tryouts both days.

“The two tryout dates are for 15 year olds through 19 year old basically,” noted Coach Henry. “The tryouts are for both the Junior Legion and Senior Legion teams.”

Interested players unable to make either Sunday tryout are encouraged to make an appointment for a private tryout.

“If you are unable to make either of the Sundays, we can work it out,” Henry said,” we can set up a private appointment.”

To make a private tryout appointment, call Coach Chad Henry at 937-459-8307. If no answer, leave a message Coach Henry will return your call.

American Legion Baseball is one of the Nation’s most successful and tradition rich amateur athletic programs, with teams in all 50 states and Canada and many alumni who went on to play college and professional baseball. There are now 81 former American Legion players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The following is a list of Hall of Fame member who began their diamond days by playing in American Legion baseball.

Bob Feller, Ted Williams, Joe Medwick, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Lou Boudreau, Yogi Berra, Early Wynn, Warren Spahn, Ralph Kiner, Robin Roberts, Bob Lemon, Eddie Mathews, Al Kaline, Bob Gibson, Frank Robinson, George Kell, Brooks Robinson, Don Drysdale, Harmon Killebrew, Pee Wee Reese, Hoyt Wilhelm, Bobby Doerr, Catfish Hunter and Willie Stargell.

Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski, Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers, Hal Newhouser, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson, Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn, Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Phil Niekro, Nellie Fox, George Brett, Robin Yount, Sparky Anderson, Carlton Fisk, Dave Winfield, Gary Carter, Eddie Murray, Paul Molitor, Ryne Sandberg, Wade Boggs, Bruce Sutter and Tony Gwynn.

Dick Williams, Joe Gordon, Jim Rice, Whitey Herzog, Doug Harvey, Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Ron Santo, Barry Larkin, Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony LaRussa, Greg Maddux, Joe Torre, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Iván Rodríguez, John Schuerholz, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome, Alan Trammell, Harold Baines, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina and Lee Smith.

“We’re looking for the best,” Greenville American Legion Post 140 coach Chad Henry concluded.

By Gaylen Blosser


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