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Tony and Robin Rasmus: 2014 George and Barbara Bush Little League® Parents of the Year

Volume 2 | Issue 8 | August 2014 | Archive
Tony and Robin Rasmus: 2014 George and Barbara Bush Little League® Parents of the Year
Every Little League® parent hopes that one day they’ll be able to see their children play in a Little League Baseball® World Series tournament. Many even envision a day when they’ll see them in a Major League Baseball uniform.

Tony and Robin Rasmus have been able to see both of those things come true.

Their sons (Colby, Cory, Cyle, and Case) have thrived on the baseball field, but it is the respect for the life lessons learned between the lines and reinforced by Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus, that has earned them the recognition as the 2014 George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year.

Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus, married for 27 years, raised their children in Phenix City, Ala. Each of their four sons played Little League, and Tony was the manager of Colby (current Toronto Blue Jays center fielder) and Cory’s (pitcher in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization) Phenix City National Little League team that represented the South Region in the 1999 Little League Baseball® World Series, winning the U.S. Championship.

“The most fun our family has ever had was in Little League and playing in the Little League Baseball World Series,” said Mr. Rasmus. “The boys still refer back to their years in Little League as the best times of their lives.”

In the 1999 World Series, Phenix City National Little League beat Toms River (N.J.) East American Little League, 3-2, to capture the U.S. title and earn a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series Championship, which Hirakata Little League from Osaka, Japan eventually won.

For the tournament, Phenix City National Little League finished with a 3-2 record. Colby Rasmus pitched and played first base, going 5-for-11, with one home run, three RBI, and three runs scored. Cory was behind the plate for all of his team’s games, and went 6-for-10, with one home run, one RBI, and four runs scored.

The Rasmuses were active volunteers for all the years their children played in the Little League program. Mr. Rasmus was a coach and manager, while Mrs. Rasmus served as a team mom, concession stand manager and as a member of the local league’s Board of Directors.

“Robin is my best friend,” said Mr. Rasmus. “She is a rare bird because she can be stern, while always being positive. I think we did a good job with our kids as they were growing up.” In addition to Colby and Cory’s baseball success after Little League, Cyle, 25, played for Columbus (Ga.) State University, while Case, 24, recently retired after three years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

The Rasmus sons aren’t the only family members with a history in the sport. In 1986, the California Angels drafted Tony Rasmus in the 10th round. After three minor league seasons, he retired and became a physical science teacher at Russell County (Ala.) High School. In 2001, he was named the school’s baseball coach and last year, and the school’s field was re-named “Tony Rasmus Field.” Mrs. Rasmus, a Kindergarten teacher in the Russell County School System, was a standout softball player in high school.

The George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award was established in 1980 and is presented annually to the parents of a Major League Baseball player who were actively involved in their son’s Little League experience. The award is named in honor of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, and former First Lady Barbara Bush. Both were Little League volunteers during their children’s early years in Midland, Texas, and continue to support Little League today.

Be sure to catch all the action of this year’s Little League World Series Tournaments. Learn more about when you can watch the games on the ESPN Family of Networks, including all 32 games of the Little League Baseball World Series from Aug. 14 to the 24. Remember, one day, you might be one of those proud parents in the stands. For all updates, game schedules, and information, visit LLBWS.org.
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