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By Jeff Parsons
Columnist - Baseball by the Book 

Remembering a big man


Before the Sidney Baseball program takes the field this spring, I would like to take a few moments to celebrate the life of a very close friend, mentor and founder of the BOC John Cronk, who passed away this past December.

There are so many stories I could tell you about Big John—as many as there are stitches on the ball—but as I start to remember them, I have to chuckle about one in particular.

I was about 17 years old and John and I were working my first legion game. Although John was about 400 pounds, in his mind he was agile as a cheetah. In reality he was more like a Mac truck wi...

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Reader Comments(1)

Lunchbox2834 writes:

Hello Jeff, My name is Christopher Albers. I worked for BOC when I was fifteen for a couple of seasons. I am now 32 and am getting back into umpiring. To this day whenever someone mentions baseball, softball, or umpiring I tell them Nobody knows this game as well as John Cronk. I was unaware of his passing and deeply saddened by it. Although he scared the heck out of me back then I still loved him. Great piece. Thank you.


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