ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Sports Legends is taking registration for a youth baseball clinic to be held May 19 at the Antioch Babe Ruth Complex. The event is open to youth ages 9-15 and is the latest in a series of clinics being put on by the organization.
"It's going to be a hands-on camp as far as the kids are concerned," said former major league pitcher Butch Rounsaville, a member of the Antioch Hall of Fame who is helping organize and put on the clinic. "It's not just going to be telling them. We have eight instructors, four for pitching, four for hitting and fielding. What makes it different is that six out of the eight instructors are Antioch players and seven out of the eight have played professional baseball."
Rounsaville graduated from Antioch in 1962. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent six seasons in the minor leagues. His best season came in 1968 when he went 14-5 with a 1.76 ERA for the Double-A Reading Phillies. His 14 complete games tied for the Eastern League lead as did his six shutouts. His ERA is still a team record and his shutout total is tied for the Reading record.
Rounsaville finally made the majors in 1970 when he was taken in the Rule 5 draft by the Chicago White Sox -- a draft of players who are on minor league rosters and that must be called up to the majors by the drafting team. However, Rounsaville hurt his shoulder in winter ball in the Dominican Republic that offseason. He made his major league debut on April 7, 1970, at Comiskey Park, pitching a shutout inning against the Minnesota Twins. However, his injury soon caught up with him. His final appearance was April 29, 1970, when he allowed a home run to the Baltimore Orioles' Paul Blair -- one of three Blair hit that day. The White Sox sent him to Triple-A Tucson and he retired after the season.
Rounsaville listed Luis Aparicio, Tommy John, Wilbur Wood, Carlos May and Bobby Knopp among his major league teammates. He returned to Antioch and went into real estate, from which he retired four years ago. He also coached Little League, Babe Ruth League and American Legion ball on the side. Rounsaville is a member of the Antioch Sports and Reading Phillies halls of fame.
Scheduled to join Rounsaville at the clinic will be Aaron Miles, who concluded a nine-year major league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. He played for the 2006 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Also scheduled to help is Matt North, a five-year minor leaguer and currently the pitching coach at Diablo Valley College.
Others scheduled to teach at the clinic are former minor league pitcher and Antioch graduate John Barton, former minor league catcher and pitcher Ron Perkins (who is the owner-operator of Perk's Baseball Academy in Antioch), former minor league catcher and current assistant coach at DVC Craig Chipman and Antioch graduate and longtime youth coach Dan Tuck.
Campers will get a barbecue lunch, a T-shirt and a tour of the Antioch Sports Legends Hall of Fame as well as instruction.
Registration forms are available at the Antioch Sports Hall of Fame and online at www.antiochsportslegends.com.
What: Sports Legends baseball clinic
When: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 18
Where: Antioch Babe Ruth Complex
Info: Steve Parks, 925-550-3819, or by email at aslAlumni@antiochsportslegends.com or www.antiochsportslegends.com; Walk-up registration is expected to be available.