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These tournaments range in age divisions from 9 & Under through Unlimited.
At the 2017 National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors and NABF Franchise Member Representatives in attendance voted unanimously to name the ALS Association as the official charity partner of the NABF. The NABF is now officially partnered with the ALS Association in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), and in spreading knowledge and awareness of the disease as well.
The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease on every front: supporting cutting-edge research, enhancing access to clinical care, and promoting better public policies. Their nationwide network of chapters comprises one team with a single mission: to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people with ALS.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.
Visit ALSA.org to learn more about the tremendous work being done throughout the Association and to make a donation in honor of the NABF/ALS Association Charity Partnership.
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Robert L. Frank
September 5, 1953-October 8, 2019
Robert Lawrence Frank, 66, of Denver, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday after a brief illness. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Melvin G. and Lorraine D. (Shaheen) Frank. Surviving are: his sister, Barbara E. Frank, of Altoona; two uncles: Joseph Frank, Sr. of Altoona and Vincent Frank, Jr. (Millie) of Hollidaysburg; and numerous cousins.
He was a 1971 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and obtained a bachelors degree in marketing and retail from Penn State University.
He was an avid sports enthusiast of all sports with a special passion for baseball. He was a past president of the National Amateur Baseball Federation (1990), where he was also recognized as their “Man of the Year.”
Robert worked in marketing and advertising within the grocery industry and worked as a purchasing agent for Associated Wholesalers Inc. in Robesonia, PA. He also worked at the office of Unemployment Compensation, and recently retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as a case manager in Lancaster County.
Robert was a member of the Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ephrata, PA. He was a blessing to whoever crossed his path. His love for Jesus and his compassion and caring for his fellow man were his greatest attributes.
Richard "Rich" Russell Crumback
April 26, 1929 - April 28, 2019
Richard “Rich” Crumback turned 90 years of age on April 26, 2019. Having reached the ninth inning of his life, he passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 28, 2019, being reunited with his beloved wife Betty of 63 years. Rich was born and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Godwin High School where he played basketball and baseball. After graduation, he proudly served his country in the army during the Korean War. Rich's lifelong career was in the automobile business where he started sweeping floors, and eventually became an auto dealer for over 50 years.
Baseball has always been one of Rich’s biggest passions. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. He coached and managed a Stan Musial team for decades. He also served the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) for over 30 years as a member of the Board of Directors, third through first Vice President, President of the organization from 2003-2004, and most recently as a State/Regional Director. Rich was recognized for his many years of dedication to amateur baseball in both the state of Indiana and throughout the United States. He was the only person to receive the Ronald E. McMinn Award of Merit twice, in 2002 and 2009.
While summers were spent at the baseball park, fall was spent gearing up for the annual hunting trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Rich was a proud parent and grandparent, instilling high standards and values. He always looked forward to family traditions and celebrations.
Rich is survived by his children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; cherished nephews, nieces, friends, and grand dogs. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty in 2015, his parents, his sisters, and son-in-law.
Burial was in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The NABF Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 705, Bowie, MD 20718-0705. To share online condolences, go to www.harperfuneralhome.com.
Richard Crumback, standing to the right of Charles Blackburn, receiving the President’s Award at the NABF 90th Annual Meeting Awards Banquet
2019 NABF Scholarship Award Winners
Joseph Toth of the Diamond League, attending Adrian College
Luke Chappie of the Southwest Ohio League, attending Wilmington College
Matthew McGrath of the Diamond League, attending Walsh University
Luke Chappie is currently working hard in college towards a degree in Sports Management.
Matthew McGrath is currently studying Biology. He has both post-graduate and post-doctoral plans to ultimately become an orthodontist, and someday own his own orthodontic practice.
NABF 106th ANNUAL MEETING 2020
The 106th Annual Meeting of the National Amateur Baseball Federation, hosted by the Youngstown Class AA Baseball League, will be held Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th, 2020 in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Board of Directors’ meeting will be held the morning of Saturday, November 14th. The meeting for all NABF franchise member Delegates will be held the morning of Saturday, November 15th, immediately followed by a luncheon and awards presentation in the afternoon.
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