By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Sean Michael Dargan is a 54-year-old man who wears many hats, as well as many guitars. Sean is the former president of the MABL of Southern Wisconsin, located in and around Madison. The league proudly boasts a total of 29 teams in 17+, 18+, 35+, 45+, and 52+ divisions and is headed up by Chris Jackson.
Sean Michael began his MSBL career in 2009 right there in Madison and is now running this very successful league that began back in 1995. For Sean Michael’s dedication, hard work, and passion, MSBL Founder and President Steve Sigler has inducted him into the 2022 class of the MSBL National Hall of Fame.
“I’m honored beyond belief,” exclaimed Dargan. “The game has meant so much to me throughout my entire life. To be able to play it again, after 16 years off, was a dream come true. To play with my current teammates and league-mates every week is a pure joy.”
So why the guitar reference in the introduction? Sean Michael is a Longtime Professional Touring Musician (guitar, vocals, bagpipes), and more recently, the Advisor to UW-Madison Student Music Committee. Whether holding a guitar or a bat in his hands, he is accomplished at both.
“I played three years of high school ball, two years of D-3 college ball, but I have really been a very painfully average player my entire career, but man oh man do I love playing!”
Sean Michael is as versatile on the diamond as he is on stage. He is a catcher, first baseman, third baseman, and even steps on the bump now and again as a right-handed chucker.
“With everything going on in my world I still have time to play on the 45-over Crawfords and the Expos in the 52+ division. None of this would be possible without the support of my incredibly awesome wife, two groovy kids, aged 14 and 12, and one sus dog!”
Sean Michael has also squeezed in an MSBL World Series appearance in Arizona into his resume.
“I played in my very first MSBL World Series last year. What an incredible experience! I played with the Madison Blues in the 50-over division. I hope to get back there soon. It was awesome!”
Sean Michael’s baseball career highlight didn’t come from Arizona but right there in Madison.
“I hit a triple in a league-wide All-Star Game about four years ago. A triple! I’m a catcher and can’t run! What a thrill to be standing on third base in an All-Star game!”
Any closing remarks?
“I need to thank David Bayer, who preceded me as president and commissioner of our Madison league. He showed me how to run a large league successfully, which I then did for over eight years. Also, a shout-out to Steve Sigler for starting the darn thing to begin with!
I am so thankful for the league, at both a local and national level, for all the opportunities it has given me — and all my league-mates — for the past 13 years!”