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Thanks for great run

To the Editor:

Many thanks to Chuck Klonke and the Grosse Pointe News for providing such extensive coverage of our Michigan state champion Grosse Pointe Farms/City 12-year-old Little League All Star team.

His reports followed the team's path from our win over Grosse Pointe Woods/Shores in the district championship at Elworthy Field, through the state tournament in Richmond, to our final game against Louisville, Kentucky in the Central United States Regionals in Indianapolis.

As has been conveyed to me by many people from throughout the Grosse Pointes, your detailed coverage did an exceptional job of showing why our Grosse Pointe Farms/City All Star team proved to be the best Little League All Star team in the state of Michigan.

Although we would have liked to have played in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, our Farms/City team represented our community as well off the field as it did on the field, in our eight-week long journey to Indianapolis.

They are fine young men besides being accomplished ballplayers, and our community should be proud of them!

I thank the Grosse Pointe Farms/City Little League Board for allowing me the honor of coaching them. Also for giving me the wonderful opportunity of ending my Little League coaching career with only the second state championship in Grosse Pointe Farms/City Little League history, and the sixth ever for a Little League team from all of the Grosse Pointes.

Thanks to the ballplayers for playing hard and providing many great memories. Thanks to the parents, who had to rearrange their lives to accommodate our team, yet never complained.

Special thanks are due to Bob Conway, Paul Monark, and John Hackett for giving so much of their time as coaches, and to their spouses and families for sharing them with us. It is people like them that help make Grosse Pointe such a wonderful place in which to live. We are all better off because of their contributions to our community.

Thank you to all in our community who gave us words of support along the way and for your congratulations to us when our journey ended. Your phone calls and cards are greatly appreciated and especially gratifying.

Finally, thank you Kathy for putting up with all these years being a Little League manager's wife. The tears on your face when it all came to an end said it all.

We had a great run. Thanks to all!

Mike Getz


Grosse Pointe Farms/City 12-year-old All Stars

Mike Getz
August 22, 2002

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