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|Perry passes away at 85|
The man synonymous with Ferriday Little League Baseball passed away Sunday, leaving a behind legacy
George Perry died at the age of 85 and was buried Tuesday in his hometown of Ida, La.
"George did a great job and ran a very good program," said Dixie Youth Baseball National Director Clarence Bowlin, who served as Natchez Dixie Youth Director for several years, as well.
Bowlin said he and Perry were close friends for 50 years and he respected and admired Perry as a person and director.
"We did a lot of things alike," Bowlin said. "I'll never forget when we were hosting a state tournament and got backed up because of rain we asked George if we could play over there on a Sunday. He even gave us permission to wear shorts, because that wasn't allowed on his field in his league. He was very agreeable and helped us with anything we needed. He had a 4th of July Jamboree each year which we enjoyed attending where he fed the players and they had a great time. He was very active with the youth and is really going to be missed."
Before 1955 there was no organized baseball in Ferriday and most of the young boys had never seen a baseball game when the Kiwanis Club took on a project to organize a league for the 8-to-12-old age group.
C.C. Rabb Jr. was named as president of the new organization and Perry was named secretary-treasurer.
In 1956, Perry was named president of the organization and he began looking toward a new organization that was formed in South Carolina that gave leagues more home rule in its operations.
Ferriday was the first league in Louisiana to switch from Little League to Little Boys League, and Perry began his reign as president in a effort to build up the park.
Perry was named Ferriday "Man of the Year" numerous times.
In 1955, Perry was a co-founder of the Kiwanis Club.
One mother of a former Little Leaguer was quoted as saying back in 1974 in a story about Perry, "The Kiwanis Club is his wife - the boys baseball program is his child."
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