Every once in a while a good thing unexpectedly happens to people who are in the right place at the right time.
Such a thing happened to me Monday in Sneads as I readied to umpire in the District 3-A Baseball Tournament.
I had no idea that Sneads High School was presenting a program to name the high school baseball field after longtime coach Ray Moore, who is quite a part of Sneads sports lore.
Coach Moore coached for twenty years-plus at the school. He coached football, basketball, track and golf. But his biggest love was baseball. He was head coach of the Sneads team for 15 years and I can tell you from umpiring many of his games he knew what was going on.
A native of Mississippi and graduate of Southern Miss, Coach Moore came to Sneads in the early ‘70s and not only did chores at the high school but also contributed many hours in helping build the community recreation program which is one of the best small community programs anywhere.
Former Sneads principal James Earl Edwards spoke at the presentation that was held before a crowd that included other coaches like Ed Hestor and present Sneads head baseball coach Mark Guerra and former players that included Charles Snead and Randy McMillan, among others.
Old friend Bobby Carmichael was among the crowd in attendance. Seeing him is always a plus.
The evening, though, belonged to Coach Moore. And I say without any reservations he is one guy I personally have always enjoyed and respected.
Again, it was a break being at the presentation. It was also truly a pleasure to see a person like Coach Moore get the recognition he deserves.