You are in for a treat with this episode. Thanks to a suggestion by Robin Green, we were able to get recently retired West Virginia State University coach, Calvin Bailey, to chat with us on the phone. Coach Bailey has been coaching at his alma mater for 36 years and has racked up over 1,000 wins and 17 conference titles. All that with a budget that never surpassed $17,000. Just like many coaches that we’ve chatted with before, Coach Bailey has had other opportunities, but he likes it just fine in West Virginia.
Except for a short stint serving U.S. Navy and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bailey has lived his entire life in the hills of West Virginia. You think you endure some hardships to play baseball? Listen to this story and you may reassess your difficulties. Coach Bailey is the genuine article, as my grandfather used to say. Can’t wait until I take that long motorcycle ride out east and stop by Coach Bailey’s farm for a long visit.
Check out Cal’s trip in during his high school years from his home in Newton to the school in Spencer. The ride is tough enough. It’s hitchhiking home the 26 miles that determines how badly you want to play baseball. Cal wanted me to make it clear, as he may have mis-spoken during the interview — they were able to ride the bus home after practices, but had to hitchhike home after some games.
Here’s a link to part 2 of our interview.
Photo credit: West Virginia State University Atheltics
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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