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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2008 > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Tom Boyle

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Tom Boyle

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Feb. 18, 2008) – Little League International mourns the passing Sunday night of one of its greatest supporters, Thomas C. Boyle, who was the Director of Little League’s Western Region Headquarters for 14 years.

“Although we have lost a great champion of the Little League movement, the legacy left by Tom Boyle will live on,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Doris and the Boyle family at this difficult time.”

Mr. Boyle became Director of the Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif., in 1973, replacing the late Al Houghton. He served in that position until his retirement in 1987.

During his tenure there, Mr. Boyle worked with local businesses and municipalities, as well as Major League Baseball teams, to grow the 13-state regional center into a model for Little League for years to come. He also served on numerous boards in the San Bernardino area.

“Tom worked hard to build the terrific volunteer spirit we still see in the Western Region, as a result of his efforts,” Mr. Keener said. “He recognized and appreciated the value of all Little League volunteers, but particularly those at the district level whose diligence on behalf of the children of Little League is so plainly evident at the Western Region.”

Even after retiring, Mr. Boyle served as a volunteer consultant for Little League and the Western Region. Along with his wife, Doris, the Boyles worked tirelessly to promote the values and benefits of Little League, and were frequently on hand at the Western Region Tournaments and the Little League Baseball World Series.

“Tom Boyle is a legend here at the Western Region,” Jim Gerstenslager, Director of the Western Region Headquarters, said. “Everybody knew him, and it will simply be impossible to replace him.”

Prior to accepting the appointment as Western Region Director, Mr. Boyle owned and operated the Thomas Boyle Bottling Works in Williamsport for 27 years. His business sponsored Little League teams in the Williamsport area for 23 years.