Clipped From The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune
Lloyd Machholz, who is the state chairman for American baseball in Missouri, has been attending the national Legion tournament in Little Rock. Ark., for the last week. Machholz was named to a committee of eight to help run tournament in Little Rock. He was notified of his selection to committee by the National American Legion headquarters office Indianapolis on August 20. Tbe national appointment for Machholz certainly is a fine to be paid to a person who has worked so bud to keep nail rolling in Missouri. Machholz no doubt was pleased with the opportunity to attend and take part in such an event but he had another reason for going to the national tournament. Machholi, who has headed up the Legion baseball program In the stale for Hie past IhrM years, hopes to secure a tournament in Missouri within the nnt two years. His work on such a committee will help determine what be done to stage such an event here in our own state. Legion baseball is growing each year which is evident from the crowd that attended the Missouri finals held early In August at North Kansas More than 4,000 fans were on hand to see Poplar Bluff and Kansas City play for the state championship. Of course to make any program prosper and have good leadership you first must find a capable man up your program. It is quite evident that State of Missouri has found such a man Machholz. From early spring to late fall, Machholz is on the go, helping organize Legion teams, checking rosters and setting tournaments from the district to state He is responsible for the 109 certified Legion baseball teams In Missouri and involving more than 1,600 baseball players. This alone would seem Idee a full time job. Machholz has help in running the program for Missouri. Eight appointed commissioners scattered throughout the state have a part in tremendous activity, serving under Machholz. Machholz, a salesman for Riley Bros. ud a city councilman, is no stranger to baseball. He has umpire for college baseball in this area for many years. in some capacity with the Legion program almost since the of bis service in World War II, Machholi played semi-pro ball catcher until he injured an arm. He once was the property of Louis Cardinals. Recently Barry Hayes, who umpires many baseball and Softball games in this area, paid a tribute to the Legion baseball Machholz. "American Legion baseball la the most organized group any that participates in the game and a lotofthe Â«*dlt can Lloyd Machholz who heads up the program in Missouri," said Chillicothe and the state can well be proud of its leader In field that Is doing such a tremendous job in running the Legion ball program Machholz deserves a pat on the back tor a lob done and from where we sit we know that the, program wm grow with its present chairman--congratulations Lloyd tor another mil done.