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Street named for CYL's Sutherlin

Friday, June 20, 2003

Meg Grey photo

Friends and family of Tobe Sutherlin, one of the 17 original founders of the Clay Youth League in 1967, gathered at Forest Park Saturday morning to witness the dedication of Tobe Sutherlin Lane, just east of Roy Brann Stadium. Pictured are (from left) City Council President Jim Sheese, who nominated Sutherlin for the honor; L.T. Clark, a fellow founder of CYL; Sutherlin; Brazil Parks Board President Ruthann Jeffries and Assistant State Commissioner for Southern Indiana Babe Ruth and CYL representative Bill Weese. In the beginning, the CYL was a league only for 9 to 12-year-olds. They chartered with Babe Ruth in 1971 and expanded to leagues for ages 4 to 19. Over the years, Sutherlin has put a great deal of time and effort into CYL and the stadium, which is one of the finest in the state and has one of the only covered grandstands left. Sutherlin is still involved, helping coach his grandson's tee ball team. He is a life member and a permanent board member of CYL and was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, and given the nickname of Mr. Baseball.

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