HELPING HAND: Local and former professional baseball player hosts free camp
Published 12:01 am Wednesday, November 25, 2015
NATCHEZ — The scene is a familiar one for Nook Logan, because not that long ago, he was the one with a baseball and glove on his hand running onto Carroll-Jones Field.
“I come to the ballpark and tell these kids that this was me,” he said. “I was here. I was them, 8-, 9- and 10-years old and on the same field.”
Logan, who would go on to play baseball professionally, was back in his hometown of Natchez hosting a free two-day baseball camp, in hopes of bringing to local youth some of the memories he was able to have.
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“When I was coming up, we had different people that had love for community activities for the kids,” Logan said. “Those people are old now. They can’t move around the same way they used to. So while I’m here in Natchez, I try and get the guys that came up with me, because they understand what is going on, and we get out and try to take their place. We can’t replace them, but we kind of take the place of them the best we can. That is why I do it. People took an interest in me when I was young and that pushed me to get to where I was.”
Logan had around 25 kids participating in the camp where they learned the fundamentals of the game he knows so well.
“We really hit the basic fundamentals,” Logan said. “Like the correct way to field a ground ball, the correct way to throw, baserunning and some hitting. The kids enjoyed it and had fun.”
And even if they aren’t all All-Stars, Logan said he saw effort from camp participants.
“I see kids that want to do it,” he said. “When you want to do it, you are going to get better, regardless. You are going to take interest in it. If you want to be out here and are going to put forth the effort, you are going to get better.”
Ultimately, Logan said it is about seeing the kids have a good time playing a sport that brought him so much joy for such a long time.
“Half the kids don’t know I played professional ball, but they know we came out to the field, got t-shirts, learned and had fun,” Logan said. “And that is what it is all about.”