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Former MLB Pitcher Honored by Athletes

Handing a ball to Charlie Gorin, seniors Brooks and MacKenna Raby honor the former MLB pitcher. “It was an awesome experience for all of us, but I think it meant as much to us as it did to Mr. Charlie,” MacKenna said. “It was really great to meet someone who has paved a path for so many younger players.”

Handing a ball to Charlie Gorin, seniors Brooks and MacKenna Raby honor the former MLB pitcher. “It was an awesome experience for all of us, but I think it meant as much to us as it did to Mr. Charlie,” MacKenna said. “It was really great to meet someone who has paved a path for so many younger players.”

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Handing a ball to Charlie Gorin, seniors Brooks and MacKenna Raby honor the former MLB pitcher. “It was an awesome experience for all of us, but I think it meant as much to us as it did to Mr. Charlie,” MacKenna said. “It was really great to meet someone who has paved a path for so many younger players.”

Photo by Addy Bates

Photo by Addy Bates

Handing a ball to Charlie Gorin, seniors Brooks and MacKenna Raby honor the former MLB pitcher. “It was an awesome experience for all of us, but I think it meant as much to us as it did to Mr. Charlie,” MacKenna said. “It was really great to meet someone who has paved a path for so many younger players.”

Addy Bates, Reporter

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On the 143 opening day for MLB, students from the Austin area had the opportunity to honor a former US veteran and MLB pitcher living in the area.

On March 28, players from both the softball and baseball team honored former University of Texas and MLB pitcher, Charlie Gorin, at a celebration held at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Community. While playing for UT, Gorin won two national championships in 1949 and 1950. Gorin also played for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 and 1955, where he posted an 0-1 record with 12 strikeouts.

“It was just so much fun and it really brings the residents so much joy because they just love hanging out with the younger generation and having a party,” sophomore Grace Cox, who works at Lakeline Oaks said.

In the midst of Gorin’s baseball success, Gorin had to put his love for the game on hold after getting drafted to fight in World War II and The Korean War. Because of Gorin’s success on the baseball field and courage on the battlefield, Timberwolf baseball and softball players, seniors Brooks and Mackenna Raby, had the opportunity to present Gorin with a baseball and softball to show their appreciation for all the work he has done for the sport.

“It was an awesome experience for all of us, but I think it meant as much to us as it did to Mr. Charlie,” Mackenna said. “It was really great to meet someone who has paved a path for so many younger players.”

At the event, the guests were able to have the ballpark brought to them, served with ballpark staples such as Cracker Jacks and hot dogs. They were also able to sing along to the national anthem in honor of Gorin’s service to the country and to enhance the baseball park field of the event.

“I was extremely happy to honor such an impactful man,” varsity baseball senior Sam Muir said. “He’s done a lot of great things for our country and for the game of baseball. To me, he really serves as a role model. He sacrificed for our country. All in all, I was very glad to honor such an amazing man.”

“He’s done a lot of great things for our country and for the game of baseball. To me, he really serves as a role model.”

— Sam Muir

After being honored by local athletes, as well as former UT alums and MLB players, Gorin handed out baseballs to everyone to show his appreciation for those who attended the event. Gorin also gave his own words of wisdom for those who wished to continue their baseball journey in the future. 

“And these young guys, if [your coach] does something for you, you treat him right and your mother and daddy and all the other people helping you,” Gorin said. “And keep on playing some good ball.”

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Addy Bates, Reporter

Addy Bates is a junior and a first year staff member. In addition to being a reporter for the Wolfpack, she also is apart of the Wolfcast Staff and is captain of the Cedar Park Bowling Team. She enjoys writing about sports and entertainment. As an avid sports fan, she enjoys attending Astros games and keeping stats for the Cedar Park Baseball Team. She plans on bowling in college and plans on majoring in journalism, sports journalism, or broadcast journalism.

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