For Immediate Release
September 4, 2014
Lower Columbia College Athletic Director Kirc Roland has been inducted into the Southern Washington Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Assistant State Commissioner for Babe Ruth Baseball Jarl Opgrande made the award last week during the sixth Babe Ruth World Series tournament hosted by Longview and Kelso at Story Field.
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor those individuals who have given unselfishly of their time and talents for Babe Ruth Baseball in this part of Washington State.
Kirc is well respected for his outstanding support and involvement in both league and tournament activities. His commitment in broadcasting Babe Ruth Regional and World Series games to the local area over many years, and the leadership and organization he has invested in the Longview and Kelso Babe Ruth World Series, has put this area and LCC on the "Babe Ruth Map".
In addition, he has been a positive influence on the lives of countless youth and adults during these many years and his contributions have helped make Babe Ruth Baseball and all of baseball, the wonderful game it is for players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.
Kirc played Babe Ruth Baseball, and after graduating from San Diego State University in 1980 came home and became the sports voice on KLOG and KUKN radio. For the past 34 years we all have listened to him call Kelso High School football and basketball, LCC basketball and baseball, and hundreds of Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth post-season games.
Kirc has followed Longview and Kelso Babe Ruth teams across the country. It was after the 1988 Bambino World Series in Nashua when Kirc and the late Bill Daniels approached Babe Ruth Baseball about bringing the World Series to Longview. That proposal became real when the 1990 World Series for 12-year-olds was hosted at Lower Columbia College's Story Field. The lower "press box" and the left field stands are a legacy of that World Series.
Since that time, Kirc has overseen the 1997, 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2014 World Series. After Kelso won the 13-15-year-olds Pacific Northwest Regional title in 1997 and earned its berth to the Longview World Series, it made sense to Kirc to have both leagues host future World Series. So he floated that with Babe Ruth baseball and it became the Longview-Kelso World Series in 2001.
A personal connection, Kirc coached his own son Spencer through Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball including coaching contributions to Spencer’s 2004 Longview World Series team. It was fitting that after Kirc was recognized by the organization last week. To start this year's event he threw out the ceremonial first pitch and his catcher was his son Spencer.
News Story: Effects of hosting national Babe Ruth tournament felt throughout the area, The Daily News, August 30, 2014
News Photo: Babe Ruth World Series, 8.20.14, The Daily News, August 20, 2014
For additional information contact:
Kirc Roland, Athletic Director, Lower Columbia College, 360.442.2471, firstname.lastname@example.org