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John F. Gambs,
73, of Covington Georgia died
peacefully in his home on September 24, 2017 after an eleven-year battle with
lymphoma. Professionally, John was a psychologist, but he was also a country
song writer, avid golfer, and baseball enthusiast.
After many years of helping people with mental health and addiction issues,
John took a dramatic career turn in 1990 and started a sports-related business, Southeast Golf Ball Recovery. In
2002, he founded the East Metro Baseball
League, a non-profit recreational organization for adults. In 2016, he was
inducted into the Men’s Senior Baseball
League Hall of Fame. As a songwriter, John won awards in numerous
competitions and had his songs recorded by several independent artists.
After thirty years together, John and his wife Marie were sometimes told they
seemed like newlyweds. He was the love of her life, and she will miss him
terribly, as will his loving family and his many friends. His loss will be
especially felt by his grandchildren, Mallie,
Alex, Camille, and Zachary, as
well as his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Steve Hoover and his brother-in-law Michael McIntyre.
A Message from John's
"As most of you probably know, my husband, John Gambs,
Commissioner of the EMBL, passed away on Sunday, September 24. After
playing in the Atlanta MSBL for
several years, John started the EMBL in 2003 in Covington in order to make
baseball more available to players on the east side.
On behalf of both John and myself, I would like to express
extreme gratitude to Willie Rogers, J.T.
Parrott, and Vince McGrath for
keeping the league running during John’s illness and finishing out the
season. I would also like to thank everyone who sent texts and emails
before John passed away. I did read them to him, and he was very
touched. I wish I could have responded to everyone individually, but there
simply wasn't enough time.
Having watched John run this league for fifteen years, I can
tell you that he was completely dedicated to making adult baseball enjoyable,
accessible, competitive, and as professional as possible. In addition to
serving as Commissioner, John was at various times a player, a manager, and a
starter of new teams. The EMBL brought great joy to his life.
John was originally diagnosed with a very aggressive
lymphoma in 2006, so we were extremely fortunate to have eleven more wonderful
years to enjoy our life together. However, this year we finally ran out
of treatments, and the cancer returned. As many of you know, John and I
have always been a very close couple. He was the love of my life, and I
miss him terribly.
As for the future, John’s hope was that people would pick up
where he left off and allow the league to continue. I know that others
share this wish, so hopefully that will occur.
To all the managers and players who have been a part of this
league, thank you for your contribution to a very important part of my
husband’s life. He greatly appreciated all of you.” - Marie