Alice O'Neil, who last year celebrated her 80th birthday and was selected to her fourth three-year term as Massachusetts District 16 Administrator, was recently highlighted on Littleleague.org. Her story demonstrates patience and enthusiasm for today's generation of Little Leaguers and that feeling young is a state of mind:
Serving as DA since 1993, Mrs. O'Neil has been a Little League volunteer for 40 years. Starting in 1966, she kept the scorebook for her husband, Edmund, who was a long-time coach and manager in the East Lynn (Mass.) Little League before his passing in 1999.
"I started as scorekeeper on account of my son," Mrs. O'Neil said. "Patrick (O'Neil) played Little League through Senior Division for my husband who managed in Little League for 28 years." That first year made such a profound impression on Mrs. O'Neil that keeping the book became just one of her many Little League-related duties. She was East Lynn's player agent for eight years, and later served as the district's director for Junior, Senior and Big League baseball.