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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:29 am

Former Bates baseball coach Chick Leahey leaving behind more than just a legacy

... Current Bates baseball coach Mike Leonard said playing at the field that bears Leahey's name is a constant reminder to his players of the dedication that Chick put into the program.

It's no surprise that Leahey's uniform number is the only one retired by the baseball team. Chick never got to play for Bates wearing that number (he played in the New York Yankees organization for two years before enrolling at Bates in 1948), but his value to the program — 300 wins, multiple conference championships and countless boys turned into men — goes beyond any statistic you'll find in a baseball scorebook.

"Bates College as a whole has benefitted greatly from Coach Leahey's time at Bates," Leonard said. "I think the standard of excellence comes from the alums that have gone through and became better men, and better baseball players and better students because of playing for Coach Leahey." ... cy/1897240
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