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Saint Mary’s College Baseball: Dr. Miles McAfee Youth Day for Education

April 26, 2015

Join us in honoring Dr. McAfee on April 26 at Saint Mary’s College. Event flyer: (http://haywardyouthacademy.org/events/photos/). Barbecue with players. Campus tour for the first 50…

MCAFEE WAS PIONEER WHO TOO FEW KNEW

April 2, 2009

By Monte Poole, Bay Area News Group

People like Miles McAfee, whose name may not be familiar unless you hold a microscope to local sports history. He was fairly well-known inside baseball circles but relatively anonymous to the general public. The shame of it is these immense contributors to the lives and families of others all too often get overlooked. “I honestly can say Miles was underrated,” Willie McGee, the former major leaguer who grew up in Richmond, said Tuesday. “What he did, what he stood for LIKE LIFE in general, sport is teeming with accomplished individuals who walk softly, giants whose footprints are best measured not by sheer size but by depth of character and influence. His legacy, it’s all grossly underappreciated”

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McAfee, who died last month at age 76, was a pioneer, a man of sound reason, insistent fairness and unyielding conviction. He stood up for those around him, no matter their age, race or stature.

Which is why a celebration of McAfee’s life held last week in Kensington was attended by a vast assortment of Bay Area baseball figures, from Skip Naler, the former trainer at Saint Mary’s College, to journeyman pitcher Anthony Telford, who spent more time in the minor leagues than the majors, to Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan.

All were honorary members of McAfee’s extended family.

McAfee may or may not be best known for his work at Saint Mary’s, where after 12 years as a Pittsburgh Pirates scout he was head baseball coach from 1973 through 1980. The first African American to become a head baseball coach at the Division I level, he is the Gaels’ all-time winningest coach.

“I had no idea,” McGee said. “He never talked about it.”

McAfee sent five players from Moraga to the majors in eight years; only three have advanced in the following 28. Some of his recruits, like Von Hayes and Tom Candiotti, became All-Stars. Others, like Michael Young and Broderick Perkins, made a distinct impression.

McAfee was committed to youngsters from Bay Area high schools and community colleges, as they made up the vast majority of his rosters.

Fired after the 1980 season, McAfee opened an agency in Oakland. Golden Gate Sports Management represented stars (Rickey Henderson, Wade Boggs, McGee, Chili Davis, Eric Davis), solid players (Bip Roberts, Gary Pettis, Kevin Bass, Dan Gladden, Marquis Grissom) and journeymen (Johnny Rabb, Scott Bullett and Telford).

“This guy could have done anything in baseball,” McGee said. “He could have been a GM. He had that kind of intellect. If only they had given him a chance.”

Telford, speaking during the memorial service, captured the essence of McAfee, explaining that Miles treated all clients like family. The San Jose State product stated proudly that he and his wife, 20 years later, still use the chicken recipe they borrowed from Miles’ widow, Lynn.

Or maybe it was Chili Davis, who also said a few words, who best described McAfee, speaking of the man’s penchant for direct language and his voice, distinctive for its alternating pitches.

Morgan declined to speak because, he said, he was afraid he’d get too emotional when discussing his friend and former business partner. His eyes grew moist at the thought.

Filling in for Morgan – or anyone else reluctant to address those paying respects was Chris Major, a former student body president and two-sport star at Moreau Catholic High and the last player McAfee recruited to SMC. Major is committed to having the school properly acknowledge his old coach.

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“I want Saint Mary’s to establish a scholarship fund that’s going to support the ideals Miles stood for,” Major, a 1983 SMC graduate, said. “I also think they should retire his uniform, No. 11. I mean, wow, look how many people he affected. Miles symbolized the concept that nobody should have to take a back seat to anyone else.”

In McAfee’s book, “Four Generations of Color,” he expressed disappointment at not being invited back to SMC – not even for a function honoring Hayes and Candiotti in the 1990s.

So McAfee showed up as the guest of an alumnus who recognized him as someone who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young men. Which is all McAfee ever wanted to do.

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