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A Youth Organization is Born, 1999-2002
Kurt Boyd founded the Mudville Youth Baseball Club in 1999. Along with a core group of friends and families, Kurt developed a nine-year-old baseball program to complement their kid’s hockey schedule during the fall and winter seasons and, to develop his son and his friends’ baseball skills. The inaugural 2000 season consisted of three tournaments, practices and practice games.
As nine year olds, their team was called the Mudville ‘9’s’, after the famous Ernest Lawrence Thayer poem, ‘Casey at the Bat’, which debuted in The Sporting News of January 20, 1906. Along with the help of his friends Mickey Merriam and Aaron Horrocks, Kurt developed the color scheme, look and feel of the team from the Negro Leagues. Red, navy blue and gold were selected as the team colors. Today’s teams wear a combination of uniforms bearing these colors with the familiar ‘Mudville’ in tiffany font across the front and the number ‘9’ on the hat and helmet. Striving the concept of team and aligning with the older days of baseball, the team uniforms have no names on their principal jerseys.
Drawn from his years of organizing major level softball programs, Kurt envisioned the efforts and energy put forth by all the original and subsequent volunteers in developing this club should be in perpetuity. He created in the club’s articles of incorporation to reflect this, which helped develop a progressive youth program for both boys baseball and girls softball programs. The program would eventually develop into competitive youth programs were kids are taught the correct fundamentals at an early age while learning life skills through the lessons of baseball, teamwork and personal growth.
In 2002, MYBC became a multi-team association when it gained its second baseball team, a 10U team coached by Kurt's good friend and former softball teammate Steve Leighton. The original Mudville ‘9’s’ team name was restructured as the Mudville 11U Redbirds, with Steve’s team known as the 10U Ironmen.
2002 was also the year MYBC began its association with Cooperstown Dreams Park when Kurt accepted a berth to the 12U AYB Hall of Fame National Invitational in Cooperstown, NY as an eleven-year-old team. The Redbirds were the second team ever to participate, and the first baseball club to repeat its representation from the State of Washington. Although the competition was stiff, participating in this tournament secured a life-long berth for all Mudville teams to use once they reach the 12U age division. The trip to ‘The Birthplace of Baseball’ is the ultimate in baseball experiences for kids and parents alike!
Finally, in early 2002, the MYBC incorporated into a 501C nonprofit organization with the State of Washington. The purposes for which this corporation, a nonprofit charitable organization, is formed are:
A team of significance to the organization's history. (Induction Year – Name of Team)
2013 - The 2010 Mudville Pinnacle 18U (Mudville’s 2nd AABC Connie Mack Western Regional Championship [Seattle, WA]
2012 - The 2009 Mudville Pinnacle 18U (Mudville’s first AABC Connie Mack Western Regional Championship [Hayward, CA]
2011 - The 2009 Mudville Pinnacle 18U (Mudville’s first AABC Connie Mack Washington State Championship)
2010 - The 2008 Mudville Pinnacle 18U (Triple Crown Series Wood Bat National Champions)
2009 - The 2007 Golden Eagles 16U (Mudville’s first AABC Mickey Mantle Washington State Championship)
2009 - The 2006 Pilots 12U (AYB Cooperstown HOF Finalist)
2008 - The 2005 AAU Australia Down-Under Tour 14U (Mudville's 1st International Traveling Team)
2008 - The 2005 Mudville Ironmen 13U (CABA 13U Western Regional Champions)
2007 - The 2004 Mudville Golden Eagles (Mudville's 1st World Series Championship)
2007 - The 2000 Mudville Nine (Mudville's 1st Team)
A player of significance to the organization OR any volunteer, coach, special person or business that has given outstanding service to the club,
2013 - No Nomination
2012 - Tim Taricco, Tarrico Website Development (Business)
2011 - Tim Wells, Westek (Sponsor)
2010 - Jerry Thornton, Seattle Tackle Twill (Business)
2009 - Stan Harrelson, Pinnacle Management (Business)
2008 - No Nomination
2007 - Tim Wiles, National Baseball Hall of Fame (Special Person)
'Mr. Mudville' Leadership Award
A player with a minimum of 2 years of Mudville tenure who has shown extraordinary team leadership, hard work, perseverance and long-term constancy to the club and the game of baseball.
2013 - Mack Gaul and Garrett Saito, Mudville Pinnacle 18U
2012 - Daniel Altchech, Mudville Pinnacle 18U
2011 - Peter Johnson and Luke Simpson, Mudville Pinnacle 18U
2010 - Troy Colyer and Peter Summerville, Mudville Pinnacle 18U
2009 - James King, Mudville Pinnacle 18U
2008 - David Courtney, Mudville Pinnacle 18U
2007 - Matt Boyd, Mudville Golden Eagles 16U
A player, team or family member who in the past three years has given back to the community through giving of oneself.
2013 – Duncan Skerret and Justin Arkills-McLain, Mudville Pinnacle 18U, Guatemala Community Service Trip
2012 – Nelson Taylor, Mudville Pinnacle 18U, Central America Community Service Trip
2011 – No Nominations
2010 – Jeremy Bohnett, Mudville Pinnacle 18U, Pay Forward and Evan Thompson, Mudville Pinnacle18U, Central America Community Service Trip
2009 – Mudville SPs, Domincan Republic Community Service Trip
2008 - Cameron Wilson, Mudville Pinnacle 18U
2007 - Ricky Teegarden, Mudville Golden Eagles
Mudville 'Volunteer of the Year'
A present or former member of the Mudville Youth Baseball Club who has given outstanding service to the organization.
2013 – Jim McGuire
2012 – Mark Simpson
2011 – Tim Wells
2010 – Dave Bondo
2009 – Bill Audycki
2008 – Dean Holbrook
2007 – Michael Gossler
'GM/Coaching Staff of the Year'
Coaches Achievement Award for Education Excellence (Based on Hours of Attainment)
Kurt Boyd, Mudville Pinnacle Baseball/Golden Eagles
Dean Holbrook, Golden Eagles
Vince Bailey, Cardinals/BHC/Nationals
Oscar Delaney, Cardinals/BHC/Nationals
Russ Barton, SPs
Dave Bondo, Mavericks
Jim Teegarden, Muddogs/Golden Eagles
Steve Leighton, Ironmen
Dan Anthony, Pilots
Bill Audycki, Pilots
Jim McGuire, Golden Eagles
Brian Potoshnik, Mudville Pinnacle Baseball
Marc Sagmoen, Mudville Pinnacle Baseball
Tim Sipiora, Golden Eagles
Age Group, Team Name (GM/Head Coach, Assistant Coaches), National Event Top 10 Finish