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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > September-December > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Richard Hilton, Manager of 1983 Little League Baseball World Series Champions

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Richard Hilton, Manager of 1983 Little League Baseball World Series Champions

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Richard Hilton, Manager of 1983 Little League Baseball World Series Champions

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Richard Hilton

Little League International mourns the passing of Richard Hilton, Sr.

Mr. Hilton of Marietta, Ga., who came to be known as the “John Wooden of Little League,” amongst his friends and fellow league volunteers, was a manager and coach in East Marietta National Little League (EMNLL) for more than 40 years.

In 1983, Mr. Hilton was manager of the EMNLL team that won the Little League Baseball World Series. Representing the South Region, the team marked Georgia’s first appearance in Williamsport, which culminated with a 3-1 victory over International Champion Liquito Hernandez Little League from Barohona, Dominican Republic. For the past two seasons, he serves as EMLL’s coaching coordinator.

A 1954 graduate from Marietta’s Fitzgerald High School, Mr. Hilton worked as a dance instructor for a short period of time at Arthur Murray Studios before going into the Army, where he served his country for three years. Following his military service, he went to work as manager of a car wash, followed by a position with Interstate Insurance. Retiring from the insurance business, he went to work as Maintenance Manager for Electrolux.

Mr. Hilton is survived by his wife Betty; a daughter; four sons; one sister; two brothers; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.