1980 State Baseball Monument Unveiled

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A monument celebrating Pearland’s 1980 state baseball championship was unveiled at the PHS baseball field this past Saturday. Several members of that 1980 team were in attendance including: Back row (standing) David Maly, Keith Shepherd, Clifton Gibson, former assistant coach Ronnie Johnson, Craig Smajstrla, former head coach Bill Bratcher, Carl Mikeska, Larry Riddle; (Kneeling:) Guy Mikeska, Mickey Owens, and Mark Michna (holding the jacket of deceased teammate Chris Christoph). Other teammates not in attendance were Billy Barton, Kennon Simmons, David Bird, Bret Davis, Malcolm Primrose, Doug Kneupper, Jeff Schock, John Dempsey, and trainer Steve Vidal. First baseman Guy Mikeska came up with the idea of commemorating the team with a memorial.

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