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Legion back on the diamond
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Photo provided The local American Legion Post 173 is working with the WCHS baseball program to revive the baseball program which dates back to 1925. Pictured at last week's meeting to finalize the program are, from left, John Davis, David Lee, George Patterson, Trice Powers, Brent Whitlock and Robert Kohls.

A baseball tradition dating back to the 1920s will return to the diamond this summer. The American Legion Post 173, in partnership with Warren County High School, will bring back two local baseball teams. There will be a 15-year-old team and a 17-year-old team fielded this summer.

In a release this week, American Legion representatives said, "American Legion Baseball is a national institution, having thrived through a world war, several national tragedies, and times of great prosperity as well as great despair. The league still stands behind the traditional values which it was founded in 1925.

"American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. The program is also a promoter of equality, making teammates out of young athletes regardless of their income levels or social standings. American Legion Baseball has been, and continues to be a stepping stone to manhood for millions of young men who have gone on to serve their country or community, raise families or play the sport at the highest level."

The go ahead was given during a monthly meeting held Jan. 4. Joining the American Legion at the meeting was American Legion department of Tennessee baseball chairman Robert Kohls, new WCHS baseball coach Trice Powers and his assistant coaches Brent Whitlock and David Lee.

The American Legion estimates it will cost $350 per player for uniforms, equipments and game administration. Sponsors can donate by contacting American Legion Post 173 at P.O. Box 173, McMinnville, TN 37111.

The Legion closed with a final message, saying "Let's work together and make this a great success for our youth and the community."