Just a few days after basketball's Larry Atwood died, baseball's Dick Birmingham has passed away.
The former Hillcrest baseball coach died Tuesday at the age of 80.
Birmingham coached the Hornets from 1960 through 1984, winning 309 games and the 1979 state championship.
He sent more than 100 Hornet players to college programs and a few all the way to the major leagues.
He also coached at the American Legion level for 14 years winning two state championships.
Birmingham then taught the game through private instruction, not only nationally, but internationally.
His last clinic was at Springfield Catholic last summer.
Dick Birmingham talked to us about what it meant to him, to teach the game he loved.
"You can't put a price tag on that. You get paid for coaching but the real pay is the self satisfaction that you know you had a little part in their lives. I love these kids and I love baseball and I love teaching it. I have touched a lot of lives along the way and have really enjoyed it.."
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