The league may be called little, but Tony Tulino has put his big heart into itStar Beacon Daily Sports Section Articles
The league may be called little, but Tony Tulino
has put his
big heart into it
throws out the first pitch at a field named in his
bonor at Cederquist Park on Monday.ASHTABULA
It was a long time ago when Tony Tulino
first became involved with the Ashtabula Little League
. In 1963, when John Kennedy was president and few people had heard of, much less cared about, Vietnam, Tulino coached his first Little League team.
...In the late spring of 2004, Tulino is the District 1 administrator and you would think that would be enough to keep him busy.
recuperating from the back surgery he
had in March and is limited in what he
can do around Cederquist Park.
"I just want to get back to where I can do the things I do," Tulino
said Monday morning.
What Tulino does is just about everything.
has held a lot of positions with the Little League
, but he's never been too big to come down here and hop on a tractor and mow grass," Lew Smith said.
The work, the hours, the problems, they're part of the job, something people like Tony Tulino
do, a tradition of sorts.
Yesterday at Cederquist, Tulino
was talking with Bob Beacom about Beacom's uncle, Bob Garvey, the subject of sports editor Don McCormack's column Monday.
"He used to be down here at midnight," Tulino
Over the last 41 years, more than a few others have been taught by Tulino
.If there is job somewhere in the Ashtabula Little League organization
, chances are Tulino
has held it.He's been on the board of directors, been chairman of the board, equipment manager, umpire-in-chief.In 1978, Tulino was selected to be an umpire at the Senior League World Series in Gary, Ind.Five years later, he was an umpire at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. In 1973, he assumed the duties of Assistant District Administrator and held that job until becoming District Administrator in 1991.
Monday, the Ashtabula Little League
took a few minutes recognize Tony Tulino's lifetime of effort when it renamed the field previously known simply as Major 1 in Tulino's honor.
That field has special significance: it is the oldest field in the Cederquist complex, the first field built by the Ashtabula Little League
.According to Smith, there is a reason the field didn't have a name - it was being saved for Tulino
A number of the coaches had played for Tulino
at one time, a number had probably looked back at him with a doubtful eye when he
called them out on strikes.
During the ceremony, Tulino
was joined at home plate by wife, Sandy, his
, Terry, Todd, Troy and Tim and several of his
As the father of two of those kids, I can't end this without saying, "Thank you, Tony
Harris is a sports writer for the Star Beacon
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