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Briarcliff Community sports legends reunite Saturday
by Maurice Dixon
June 18, 2014 11:29 AM | 933 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Joe Willingham, past president and coach of the Briarcliff Community Sports youth league, holds a 1986 World Series bat signed by the New York Mets.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Joe Willingham, past president and coach of the Briarcliff Community Sports youth league, holds a 1986 World Series bat signed by the New York Mets.
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This Saturday, former football, softball and baseball players and coaches from the Briarcliff Community Sports youth program will reunite once more at Mason Mill Park to reflect on nearly 30 years of history.

“We had a reunion last year with 100 or so people,” Joe Willingham said. “We’re expecting 200 to 300 people. We just told everybody to bring something to eat and just sit and reminisce about the old times when we played. We will have people coming and going all day.”

“I’m hoping the Lord gives us good weather,” Bobby Edwards said. “I’ve been praying about it. We had a 100 people last year and we did a lot better job of communicating this year. We didn’t wait until the last minute. I think just about everybody that came last year will come back.”

Willingham, who was one of the presidents of the league, was actively involved for more than 10 years and also coached his son Russ Willingham. Edwards, who came forth with the idea to have a reunion, held the same position as Joe Willingham and also coached his son, Cary Edwards, and daughter, Karen Carebo. The program ran from 1962 to 1990.

“Just seeing my kids enjoy the program was the best thing,” Edwards said. “We had a great program. I got to know an awful lot of people when I was doing that.”

“We had a great thing and the people really enjoyed it,” Willingham said. “We had a good program with a good Christian atmosphere.”

The reunion will begin at noon and conclude at 5 p.m.

“Everybody that came last year had a great time,” Edwards said. “We were just standing around talking to each other. People hadn’t seen each other for years. It was great. I’m excited to do it again.”

Willingham, who will be 83 years old next month, also was a scout for the New York Mets for 25 years and has a 1986 World Series ring. He also possesses a bat with the signatures of all the players from that team.

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Mike Langley
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June 18, 2014
Thanks for the great story. Brings back so many wonderful memories. One of the greatest experiences of my life. Especially getting to call all of those Foul Balls.
Jerome Roberts
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June 18, 2014
We ruled the world in baseball and football in 1975. My coaching played a big part, but we also had great players and great parents. Just a wonderful experience.
Joe Morris
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June 18, 2014
Briarcliff Community Sports was just a wonderful experience. Great people and great sports teams. It was the best time of my life.
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