By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Smyrna, Georgia is the home of the most recent MSBL Honor Roll recipient Ron Huck.Located just outside Atlanta, it is also the home of the West Metro Atlanta MSBL where the 53 year old Huck is the president. Ron is a displaced Chicago Cub fan while growing up a Wrigley Field fixture, who now lives smack in the middle of the home of the Braves.
Ron started his MSBL career in 2005 and has worked his way to the helm of the three division, 17 team organization known as the WMAMSBL. Ron continues to play on the weeknight 35-over Nationals and the 35-over G-Braves on Saturday mornings. A financial advisor, Ron still reflects on his days at Wrigley. “It’s always fun when the wind is blowing out,” said Huck. “I have seen Burt Hooten’s no hitter, I saw a 23-22 game and two years ago I saw Zach Wheeler of the Mets get his first pro start. I recently visited Wrigley again with my Mom, who is also a big fan.”
Ron was kind enough to answer a few questions for MSBL National regarding his recent induction as a 2015 MSBL Honor Roll inductee.
Your name: Ron Huck
City or town of residence: Smyrna GA – just outside of Atlanta GA
League name: West Metro Atlanta MSBL – If you search WMAMSBL on Google – we should be the first that shows up.
Town where league is based: Smyrna, GA
Where did you grow up? Chicago, IL
What do you do for a living? Financial Advisor
Family information: Wife Peggy of 15 years and two sons.
Describe your baseball resume: Started in little league and played every year until about 19. Stopped playing baseball around 1980 and played a little 12” softball for a couple of years. At least in Chicago there is a 16” softball league, too.
What is your greatest baseball moment, either watching or playing? Living in Chicago I went to a lot of Cub games at Wrigley Field. It is always fun when the wind is blowing out. I have seen a lot of great moments. Burt Hooten’s no hitter, a 23 to 22 game. All fun. Two years ago I watched Zach Wheeler of the Mets get his first pro start – 10 years ago I helped a friend coach a team with Zach on the team and his father coaching too.I also had the chance to go to the Braves Fantasy camp and meet and play with some of the Braves players.
When did you start playing for MSBL and how did you hear about it? In the fall of 2005 my friend invited me to play in the fall short season. I was a little concerned not playing for 25 years, but after watching a game I figured everyone was a little older. I had a blast including pulling both hamstrings in one game. But that is just part of rookie MSBL baseball.
Do you still play? Yes – two to three times a week.
What team and age bracket? Two teams – weeknight – National’s 35+ and SaturdayMorning G-Braves 35+
What is the best thing about your league? The friends that bring friends into play. The new friends everyone makes. And the exercise that everyone gets. We have guys playing into their 70’s, players that lost 100 just playing. It is great.
Do you participate in any MSBL national tournaments? I have not – but we do have a lot of players from Atlanta go to Florida.
Questions just for fun:
Who is your favorite player of all time and why? Roberto Clemente – It was in my growing up age – he do it all – Hit, Throw, Field, Run. I would go when the Pirates were in town playing the Cubs
Are there any additional personal comments you wish to add about your playing or life thus far? I sent over a few pictures a couple of my playing. Peggy and I enjoy going to different sporting events when traveling. A picture from Boston. Also a picture a few years ago with my Mom at Wrigley Field in front of Mr. Cub – Ernie Banks.
Are there any comments about MSBL you wish to share? I am thankful to Bruce Hollmuller for introducing me to MSBL and to Don Etheridge for starting and founding the WMAMSBL league 11 years ago and doing such a great job establishing a great league that guys enjoy.