- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 15, 2023
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Dick Kasner has been well-known in baseball in this area since he played in high school. He became one of the top hitters in hardball and was equally impressive on defense, earning a try-out with the Philadelphia Phillies. Later moving to softball, he played and managed teams around the area for 14 years on various teams.
In recent years Dick has been involved in helping the youth of our area get the chance to play organized sports. He had been a Teener League Coach for 13 years, playing a very important role in the builsing of the Glenn L. Parks Memorial Field. Retiring from that league in 1980, he now coaches the American Legion team which he formed this past year.
Dick was also one of the founders of the Shamokin-Coal Township Little League. He has been president for the past 9 years and has headed the building of 3 field, one with lights, which were paid for by the league itself. The organization now includes 25 teams, a Pony League, 80 coaches and over 400 boys and girls.
Dick also helped start the Shamokin Area Youth Basketball League, which has been going for 5 years and includes about 200 boys. He also had a hand in the formation of the Lower Anthracite Girl’s Softball League.
Dick has been a tribute to this area and is well respected by both youth and adults for his contributions to the many athletic programs in our region.