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June - July 2016

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Catoosa Life Magazine / JUNE / JULY 2016 11 Even if you know nothing about baseball, if you spend enough time in Catoosa County you're likely to hear Rick Honeycutt's name again and again. It won't always be in connection with the Fort Oglethorpe native's Major League Baseball career and the stellar statistics he put up during his more than 20 years playing professional ball. The hometown pride for Honeycutt, the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is great, but appreciation for the annual fundraisers he con- tributes to each year ensure that he is remembered for more than just his abili- ty to hurl a slider or read a batter. "It's not just that he's a great pitcher," said Chris McKeever, who recently helped arrange a display about Honeycutt's achievements in a local museum. "He really loves his home- town and comes back to help all that he can." McKeever, the executive director at the 6th Cavalry Museum and a Kiwanis of Fort Oglethorpe member, said the local club has donated more than $400,000 to various local organizations that serve children. That money was raised through the Rick Honeycutt Youth Golf Benefit, which is in its 33rd year. Co-organizer David Hollis said much of the money goes back to the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Association, where Honeycutt had his start. This year's tournament will be Oct. 25 at Battlefield Golf Club. Hollis said he talks off and on with Honeycutt throughout the year as Honeycutt asks various players to join him at the tournament to draw larger crowds. "He's humble and he wants to give back to the community," Hollis said. The Rick Honeycutt World Series for Little League players also brings money back to local recreation teams. Childhood dreams Honeycutt said he has been interested in baseball ever since he can remember, but as a child, the game was just that — a game, and a childhood obsession. His mother Rena, who lives in Fort Oglethorpe and is retired from Capital Bank, said that from the time Rick was little, he PHOTO BY MATT HAMILTON Honeycutt recognized for baseball achievements, community By Rachel Brown Kirkland

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