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Rip Ryman Named Recipient of 2012 Mr. Baseball Title


Rip Ryman Named 2012 "Mr. Baseball" Recipient

Dean Nichols Nashville Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee

NASHVILLE, TN – January 12, 2012 – Old Timers president Tommy Parker announces that Rip Ryman has been named 2012 "Mr. Baseball" honoree, and former amateur player Dean Nichols has been elected to the organization’s prestigious Nashville Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ryman and Nichols will be honored at the Old Timers 74th annual banquet to be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Millennium Maxwell House, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Former major leaguer Lance Parrish will be the featured speaker. Franklin American Mortgage Company is the 2012 banquet sponsor.

Ryman is a 1952 graduate of East High School and attended Belmont College and UT-Nashville. Having served District 10 as a Metro Nashville Councilman, Rip had been on the City Council since 2003 until his term expired in 2011. He also chairs the Government Affairs Committee of the Nashville Sports Council.

A previous Old Timers president, Rip has also been a District 4 Director of Dixie Youth Baseball and served as State Director of Tennessee Dixie Youth Baseball. After playing fast pitch softball as a pitcher for Western Electric from 1957 through 1969, Rip coached teams at Parkwood Dixie Youth beginning in 1966 and Goodlettsville Dixie Youth from 1998 to 2003.

Dean Nichols is a 1953 Battle Ground Academy graduate, and a three-year baseball letterman while serving as team captain and MVP. A four-year letterman at Tennessee Tech, in 1955 Dean had a 7-1 record leading the Golden Eagles to the Ohio Valley Conference championship. The 1956 team advanced to the NCAA Regionals with Ole Miss, Duke and Florida State.

Dean began playing in the Nashville City League in 1958. In 1959 he was a standout pitcher for the Hester Battery team managed by Simon Dickerson which participated in the Stan Musial World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan.

In 1960 he was 6-0 for Hester Battery and was selected to the All-Star team while garnering MVP team honors. Dean finished his baseball career playing for Nashville Sporting Goods from 1963 through 1965.

Tickets for the banquet are $35 each and may be purchased at Hit after Hit, the Nashville Sounds, or from any Old Timers board member. The doors open at 5:30 and the banquet will begin at 6:30 PM. Call Farrell Owens (615-269-7348) or Tommy Parker (615-537-0179) or visit www.otbaseball.com for more information.

Scholarship award recipients will also be recognized. Nashville Sounds Player of the Year Taylor Green, Fan of the Year Beth Buchanan, and local amateur MVPs and World Series Champions will be honored.

The Old Timers Baseball Association of Nashville is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.