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Raymus joining Little League Hall of Fame
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• WHAT: The Manteca Little League Hall of Fame Dinner & Dance
• WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m.
• WHERE: MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St.
• COST: $30 per ticket.
• TICKETS: Available from any board member, team coach or by calling (209) 603-2140

Bob Raymus, better known as “Coach Bob” around the ball fields at Lincoln Park, is being inducted as the first coach for the Manteca Little League Hall of Fame.

Joining him will be Al Nunes who was one of the key people in starting the league more than 25 years ago as well as Los Angeles Dodgers organization player Matt Berezay who got his start in Manteca Little League.

Raymus, Berezay, and Nunes will be inducted during a dinner dance on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at the MRPS Hall. Tickets are $30 per person.

Raymus started the Farm Division in 1995 and coached his son Tommy Raymus from 1995-2000 in Manteca Little League. Then moved to Manteca Babe Ruth for the 2001 through 2003 seasons, again coaching his son Tommy.  However, Raymus could not stop coaching youth.  In 2004, he coached youth baseball in Ripon and in 2005-2006 coached in Manteca Babe Ruth.  In 2007, Manteca Little League was short Major Division coaches and outreached to Raymus for help.  Not only did he coach in 2007, he also coached in 2008 and 2009.

Raymus was very accomplished as a Little League coach, leading his team to division championships in 1998 and 2000.  Both teams made very successful Tournament of Champion runs.  In both 1997 and 1999, he was selected by the Little League Board of Directors to be the All-Star Team coach and both teams made very successful All-Star runs.

Raymus’ caring and passion could always be noticed at practice and on the game field.  He got the most out of his players and helped teach and mentor young people to be better people both on and off the field.  He would always help his players with rides to and from practice and games if needed, Raymus always put his player’s well-being first and foremost.

Raymus really stepped up to help Manteca Little League in its time of need in 2007 when the league did not have enough coaches.  Manteca Little League has always been able to count on Raymus whether it was coaching, sponsoring, or making the league schedules.