Terry Elliot's name has long been connected with the NBC World Series as a player and manager. And now that he is being inducted into the 2010 NBC Hall of Fame, his name will be tied to the tournament forever.
Elliot was 16 when he played in his first NBC tournament and has appeared in 21 tournaments as a catcher or manager — or both — for nine teams. Elliot, who played at Wichita State, won NBC titles in 1998 with the El Dorado Broncos and 1986 with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. He last played in 2008 at age 45.
He was inducted into the Kansas baseball hall of fame in 2005.
Elliot will be inducted into the NBC hall next Friday, before the championship game, along with Jerry Squires. Bob Carlile, also part of the 2010 hall of fame class, will be inducted tonight before the 7:30 game.
"It's an honor for me," Elliot said. "This has always been the highlight of my baseball playing. Even playing at Wichita State was great fun. Playing in the Cardinals organization was a lot of fun. But there's something pure about playing in this tournament.
"I played in this tournament a lot of years just because I like being out here — playing with my friends and older guys, and younger guys as I got older. I thought when I got double the age of the kids I was playing, I'd retire. It didn't happen."
Carlile has been general manager of the Liberal BeeJays for more than 30 years. The BeeJays have won four NBC titles and played in 10 championship games.
Squires, who played semi-pro baseball until 1953, is a member of the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame board of advisers and is a member of the Kansas baseball hall.
Baseball 'Round the Clock — The number of participants for the NBC's Baseball 'Round the Clock dropped dramatically this year — 195 registered, down from 460 in 2009.
Foresters visit cancer patients — The Santa Barbara Foresters visited the children's cancer ward at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis on Friday, continuing a tradition they began in 1995.
The Foresters handed out teddy bears as part of their Hugs for Cubs program, along with Forester T-shirts and baseball caps. They also signed autographs and played with the children.
The Foresters started visiting cancer patients in 1995 at the suggestion of Eric Pintard, the son of team manager Bill Pintard. Eric was on the verge of signing a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers when it was discovered that he had a rare form of cancer and was given three months to live.
"He was a beautiful guy," Bill Pintard said. "It was never 'poor me, why me?' He said, 'we need to do stuff for other people.' He had an indomitable spirit."
Eric Pintard died in 2005 at age 31.
Sluggers fall — The Denver Cougars defeated the Wichita Elite Sluggers 10-2 in a run-rule game that was the final game of the second round of the winners bracket.
The Cougars, 2-1 after the first inning, put up seven second-inning runs — all with two outs — as 12 players batted.
Jordan Price extended the inning when he reached on an error, then Denver had five straight hits, a walk and two more hits.
"We saw the ball well in the first game and we carried it over," said Mike Olsen, who hit a two-run homer to right field. "Guys had good at-bats and were taking good pitches. It was a good inning. Hitting's contagious. If one guy is hitting, people start catching on. Then, before you know it, one through nine, you're hitting."
Olsen is playing in his fourth NBC tournament but it was his first homer.
"He left the curveball up," Olsen said. "I saw it out of his hand, and I was able to jump on it, got the barrel out there."
Other games — The League City (Texas) Hornets knocked out the Plaza Tire (Mo.) Capahas with a 6-1 victory in an early game on Friday.... The Kenai (Alaska) Peninsula Oilers beat the San Diego Force 3-1. Kenai's Tyler Grimes and Pablo Bermudez both went 2 for 4. Kenai's Garrett Wittels was ejected after arguing an out at second base.