By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Charles McCroskey has been the league president of the Central Ohio Men’s Adult Baseball League since 1996 and throughout the years has been honored as the league’s MVP, RBI leader, manager of the year and voted into the league Hall of Fame in 2005. Charles is also a 2008 member of the MSBL National Hall of Fame.
For his outstanding service and dedication, MSBL Founder and President Steve Sigler has inducted Charles into the 2020 class of the MSBL Honor Roll. We recently sat down with Charles for a little ‘Q and A’ to find out more about the man behind the honors and to update his 2013 MSBL Honor Roll story.
Your name: Charles C. McCroskey
City or town of residence: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
League name: Central Ohio Men’s Adult Baseball League (League President)
Town where league is based: Central Ohio (Columbus)
Where did you grow up? S/W Missouri and Central Ohio
What do you do for a living? Zoning Administrator / Inspector
Family information: Married 29 years, four Children, three Grand-Children
Describe your baseball resume: I’m in my 25th season in the Central Ohio MABL as player, manager, president. 12th season in the Columbus MSBL. 2005 Central Ohio MABL Hall of Fame, 2008 MSBL National Hall of Fame, 2013 MSBL Honor Roll, 2010 Central Ohio MABL League MVP
What is your greatest baseball moment, either watching or playing? Watching my son hit his first home run
When did you start playing for MSBL and how did you hear about it? I started playing while in the USMC stationed at Camp Pendleton, California in the North County League (1992). Moved back to Ohio started the Central Ohio MABL as at that time Columbus only had 30+ League.
Do you still play? Yes (in between injuries)
What team and age bracket? Central Ohio MABL 18+ Bison / Columbus MSBL 35+ Reds
What is the best thing about your league? The relationships that have formed as a result of playing in the Central Ohio MABL.
Do you participate in any MSBL national tournaments? Yes- I attend the Fall Classic with 35+ Central Ohio Reds.
Questions just for fun:
Who is your favorite player of all time and why? I had a favorite as a kid, a favorite as a younger adult, but now as an older adult, I just enjoy the game of baseball.
Are there any additional personal comments you wish to add about your playing or life thus far? Enjoy your time as a player because it will end. As a younger player, I used to think I would play forever, but as I have gotten older the body just does not cooperate and I now know that my playing days are limited. Do not take your ability to play this game for granted.
Are there any comments about MSBL you wish to share? I would like to thank Steve for the creation and continuation of the MSBL/MABL. It has given thousands of players the opportunity to continue playing baseball, but the associations that have formed through playing that otherwise would not have been are irreplaceable.