54th Annual East vs. West All-Star Baseball Game June 7th Rawhide Stadium
Proudly presented by the Exeter Lions Club
and Ben Weldon State Farm Insurance
Gates will open at 6pm.
In 1960, Bob Heath, a young administrator at Exeter Union High School began the Exeter Charity Baseball Game. With Fresno State head baseball coach Peter Belden coaching the Fresno and Madera Counties North Squad and COS coach Roy Taylor coaching the Tulare and Kings Counties South Squad, the game attracted baseball fans from throughout the San Joaquin Valley as well as numerous professional baseball scouts. In 1963, there were 39 professional scouts in attendance!
Some of the coaches assisting the All-Star teams over the years have been Mannie Kouklis (EUHS), Jim Garett (Tulare Union), John Morrelli (Lindsay), Steve Garver (EUHS), Mike Pancratz (Corcoran), Tom Buckley (Golden West), and Bob Verissimo (Golden West).
Assisting Bob Heath were many people from Exeter including Travis Holm (Exeter Mercantile), Joe Doctor (Exeter Sun), Ralph Wilson (City of Exeter), Dr. Ed Feldmayer (team physician), Zeke Sikes (Postman), Ray Rivers (Exeter Music), Weldon Johnson (Exeter Lions), Dana Huffman, Ross Sellars, John Dungan, and many members of the Exeter Lions. In 1964 the Exeter Lions Club under the leadership of Weldon Johnson assumed responsibility for the event after the game was well established and successful. Dedicated Lion Mickey Hirni has chaired this event for over 40 years.
In 1972 the North Squad consisting of Fresno and Madera Counties decided to organize an All-Star game in the Fresno area. This allowed the South Squad to split into the East-West (Tulare and Kings Counties) All-Star Baseball Game. In 2011, the All-Star Baseball Game was held at Rawhide Stadium for the first time.
This game is a tribute to the efforts of many people working in concert to showcase the best high school baseball talent throughout the Tulare and Kings Counties. All proceeds from this event since inception have been used to support the youth activities in Exeter and improvements to baseball facilities.