JUNCTION CITY, Ore. (KMTR) – Paying homage to a living legend of baseball, the 5th Annual Bobby Doerr Baseball Classic kicked off Saturday, June 16th at Laurel Fields in Junction City.
Hundreds of kids from 32 different teams around the Northwest took part in the tournament, which is named after the oldest-living Baseball Hall of Famer, 94-year-old Bobby Doerr, who lives in Junction City.
Doerr said the tournament is an honor and he hopes he can continue inspiring the young-guns who are just starting out playing baseball .“It's a happy feeling to see kids interested in something like this, it's a good wholesome sport . . . they put a lot of time in working with the kids and it's great for Junction City,” said Doerr in an interview with NewsSource 16 on Saturday.
"He still has such a love for the game . . . I'm always impressed at how the kids are still so impressed with him at his age. The kids just walk around with him and look at him with awe, it's amazing,” says Kathie Carley, one of the principle organizers of the Bobby Doerr Baseball Classic.
The tournament continued through Sunday, June 17th and was for 10-, 12- and 14-year-old baseball players. One participating team came all the way from Yreka, California.