2015 Spencer Frank Spirit Award
This past year, the Whitefish Bay Jr. Dukes program instituted the Spencer Frank Spirit Award. Each Jr. Dukes team submits one nominee for a player that demonstrates not only good baseball skills but also is a team leader and shows great sportsmanship towards teammates, coaches, umpires and the opposing team. The Jr. Dukes Board and coaches select one award winner from among the 10 deserving nominees representing each Jr. Dukes team.
The winner of the first annual Spencer Frank Award was Russell Enea, who played for the 8th grade White team in 2015.
Congratulations are in order for all the nominees: U9 Owen Wallace, U10B Matthew Gruber, U10W John Campbell, U11B Ryan Carew, U11W Harry Brown, U12B Michael Topp, U12W Morgan Brower, 7th RJ Mowad and 8thB Andrew Cafaro.
The season approaches
"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." -- Rogers Hornsby
"That's the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball." -- Bill Veeck
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." -- A. Bartlett Giamatti
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." -- Saul Steinberg
"Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people." -- Steve Busby
"The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love." -- Bryant Gumbel
"Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world." -- Babe Ruth
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